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Uhľom, štetcom, skalpelom

Mirbach Palace (show Contact)
26. 1. 2017 - 16. 4. 2017
Curator: Ivo Binder

The exhibition from our collections maps out the changes in the art of drawing from the old masters (presented only in the accompanying publication due to the sensitivity of the exhibits) almost up to the present. Since the Museum’s collecting activity has long focused on modern art, most of the presented works date back to the 20th century. Besides works from the last quarter of the 19th century, visitors also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves, in an intimate way, with all basic trends which influenced the development of art in the first half of the 20th century: from symbolism, via art nouveau, expressionism, cubism, civilism, to abstract discharges and to the surrealist journey into subconsciousness.

In the second half of the presented century the drawing medium gradually became a final artistic discipline, equal to painting and sculpture. The development, which started with lyrical and gestural abstraction and continued with art informel, is then followed by the remarkable experiments of the 1960s (letterism, visual poetry, neo-constructivism, new figuration, upcoming conceptual trends, and the ensuing postmodernism, up to examples of contemporary post-conceptual drawings. As an „opposition“ to the new trends, there are a number of existential works by artists dealing with the theme of nature, as well as works by extraordinary solitaires (A. Diviš, J. Zrzavý, Z. Sekal, E. Kmentová, A. Šimotová, K. Malich and others) which are hard to classify.

The demanding selection of individual works from the collection of drawings, which includes over 16,000 items, is aimed at presenting the best works of the collection as well as works which best characterized the selected artists in terms of their artistic gains. Last but not least, the selection aimed to be exciting not only in terms of style and opinions, but also in terms of the process. In addition to the traditional pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, red chalk, and brush drawings, we can also see works created by a scalpel, typescript, even a bubble blower, children‘s ink stamps, and a lipstick.


Looking back at the still debated development of modern art, which also took place in the art of drawing, one would arrive at the conclusion that drawing is still alive and irreplaceable, even in the digital age. 


Ivo Binder, Ladislav Daněk


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