The Worlds of Jindřich Chalupecký
Exhibiting artists: Andrej Barčík, Eva Bednářová, Julie Béna, Zdeněk Beran, Viera Bombová, Jacob Bornfriend (Jakub Bauernfreund), Vladimír Boudník, Albín Brunovský, Ivan Čujkov, Daniela Danielis and Ľuboš Kotlár, Rudolf Fila, Stano Filko, Mikuláš Galanda, Viera Gergeľová, Eduard Gorochovskij, Mira Haberernová-Trančíková, Anežka Hošková, František Hudeček, František Gross, Dalibor Chatrný, Vladimír Jankilevskij, Jozef Jankovič, Věra Janoušková, Ilja Kabakov, Eva Kmentová, Milan Knížák, Vladimír Kompánek, Alena Kučerová, Richard Loskot, Cyprián Majerník, Václav Magid, Jan Mlčoch, Alex Mlynárčik, Petra Oriešková, Milan Paštéka, Theodor Pištěk, Viktor Pivovarov, Naděžda Plíšková, Vlasta Prachatická, Milan Ressel, František Ronovský, Andrej Rudavský, Zdeněk Rykr, Jan Ságl, Zorka Ságlová, Agnesa Sigetová, Koloman Sokol, Ester Šimerová-Martinčeková, Adriena Šimotová, Eduard Štejnberg, Petr Štembera, Pavol Tóth, Triple Candie (Shelly Bancroft & Peter Nesbett), Jitka Válová, Květa Válová, Jaroslav Vožniak, Jana Želibská
One of the most significant contributions of the Czech art critic Jindřich Chalupecký (1910–1990) is considered to be his contribution to the internationalisation of the artistic sphere of former Czechoslovakia. During the 1960s and 1970s, he established relations with essential personalities from the foreign art scene, was a driving force behind international cultural exchanges, and was a tireless promoter of Czechoslovak art beyond its borders. To understand his views on the art of individual nations and his role as a cultural mediator, it is interesting to look at his relationship with Slovak art.
This exhibition on the life and work of the theoretician, critic, curator, and essayist Jindřich Chalupecký presents the thought legacy of this still-present personality of Czech culture. The exhibition highlights a theorist and curator's role in society – their unique ability to connect different characters, places, and fields of interest. Through his thinking about the world, he delineates the place art occupies in contemporary life. The exhibition brings together the works of more than sixty artists across several generations: from pieces by authors of Czech post-war art to reflections of contemporary artists. The intention of the project is not to create a symbolic monument to Jindřich Chalupecký, but through a dialogue of historical works and the work of contemporary artists, writers, philosophers, and other personalities, to reflect upon which of Chalupecký's ideas and activities are relevant to the present, and which can be helpful to us in these artistically, politically, and humanly difficult times.