Collectors. "The Czecho-Slovak pavilion" (Brot Kunsthalle)

Collectors. "The Czecho-Slovak pavilion" (Brot Kunsthalle)Filip Cenek        4.5.2010
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Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria, Absberggasse 27; May 5 – June 30, 2010 (Tue–Sat 12–18; open on Sun May 9, 12–18)

Artists: Erik Binder, Filip CenekTereza Sochorová, Alena Kotzmannová, Marek Kvetán, Markéta Othová, Michal Pěchouček, Jan Pfeiffer, Pavla Sceranková, Vladimír Skrepl, Matěj Smetana, Václav Stratil, Jiří Thýn, Tomáš Vaněk, Dušan Zahoranský

Curated by: Lucie Drdová & Martin Mazanec

The collectors are the personification of a part of the art world, just as much as they are the general denomination to describe a passion, sometimes on a verge of obsession. Collecting relates to the systematic work of museums and galleries, as well as to an indulgence of art lovers and dealers, as well as to the artists themselves. The idea of the “Czecho-Slovak exhibition” of contemporary art in Vienna is unintentional and the national dispersion is not the core content of the exhibition. The simple sequence of monographic cycles uses the principles of series and sequences in the essential media of painting, drawing, sculptural objects, photography and video. Purposefully, an impression of almost a museum archive and of its presentation is created.
The admitted schematism of the art work selection and its installation is enhanced by the design sleekness of some of them, by the actual exhibition space of the former bakery, as well as by the art works created in situ. The last mentioned works act as an irritating element disturbing the unified approach to individual media and exhibited art works. The sensed aspects of the collector’s series and picture sequences, their presentation and the issue of their potential ownership are the concealed stimuli for confrontation; not by the Czecho-Slovak art as such, but by the concrete works of selected artists.