The first generation of Czech postmodernism
June 16 – July 7, 2017
Castle brewery in Litomyšl
Open daily between 10 am and 6 pm, or until the beginning of evening festival programme
Opening: June 16, 4:45 pm
Curators: David Želený, Federico Díaz
One of the main concerts of this year’s Smetanova Litomyšl music festival is the performance of Mahler’s First Symphony, also called “Titan”. And Titan-like should be the main exhibition of the visual part of the festival, GENERATION ONE, as well: not by the number or size of presented works of art, but because their authors can be considered the “Titans” of Czech post-war progressive art scene.
The GENERATIONONE exhibition is a tribute to that generation of artists who were the first to transcend the boundaries of a traditional sculpture. It is the generation of experimentors, seekers of new paths, the brave ones – the first generation of Czech postmodernism. But also the generation of those whose life has come to its end, or is nearing it. But the presented artists are by far not related only by their year of birth. They did not express themselves through painting, but rather struggled with matter, space, and time. Their expression has since the 1950s grown into such a level of persuasiveness, authenticity and originality that it becomes obsolete to add typical gallery captions to their artworks.
All of the artists of GENERATION ONE were born around 1930 and thus their artistic expression formed during excruciatingly difficult times. They faced them with a non-compromising but modest assertion of their themes within materials that they worked with. All of these artists are recognizable by their artistic and personal courage that has changed the Czech art scene forever. On their shoulders, the next generations of noticeable Czech artists grew, including Federico Díaz, the architect of the exhibition.
Otto Gutfreund, Karel Malich, Alena Kučerová, Jiří Hilmar, Kurt Gebauer, Eva Kmentová, Jiří BielecKi, Jan Koblasa, Vladimír Janoušek, Věra Janoušková, Karel Nepraš, Stanislav Kolíbal, František Kyncl, Jindřich Zeithamml, Aleš Veselý, Federico Díaz