Energy of the initial line – gesture, rhythm, movement in contemporary Czech art

The basic concept of the exhibition stems from free responses to and inspirations by East Asian calligraphy in contemporary Czech art. Ten distinct artists will introduce different approaches to this subject, accentuating mainly the physical and motion perception of energy encompassed in the expressive process of “calligraphy” work.
The dynamism of calligraphic line is not present merely in the expression of gestural drawing or painting, but also in various conceptual approaches or performances. Perhaps the most prominent topic in this respect is the capturing of the connection between human energy and natural processes as manifested in the universally accepted conceptual works by Miloš Šejn, Pavel Mrkus, Federico Diaz, Pavla Voborník-Kačírková or the Hradec Králové-based artists Jindřich Max Pavlíček and Milan Langer.
The most intimate feelings and dynamism of the human body are expressed by drawings and paintings from Margita Titlová-Ylovsky, Petr Pastrňák, Karel Adamus, Adéla Součková and light objects by Pavel Korbička. A separate chapter represents works by Jiří Černický, whose expressive material line refers in a novel way to the history of Western and East Asian art and mindset.

Jindřich Vlček (1885–1968), the painter of Russian legions

The Siberian Anabasis of the World War I and Hradec Králové from the painter Jindřich Vlček´s perspective

     The warfares of the World War I left their marks on the whole Europe and on the fates of its inhabitants. The painter Jindřich Vlček, the native of Malá Skalice, the student of the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, graduated on the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (Prof. H. Schwaiger), wounded on the Russian front as a soldier of the Austro-Hungarian Army shortly after the mobilization in 1914, and captured in 1915. The time spent in the Russian captivity and later in the Czech legions in Russia (1918–1920) did not artificially while away. Despite the danger of death, the war life´s difficulties, the discomfort, and the limited fine art´s tools, he does not hesitate to capture the fleeting moments of the fights in the front line and the snapshots of the prisoner´s war life, the battlefield´s views, the legionnaire´s portraits and their miserable journey back to homeland.

     He became the keen observer, the tireless reporter and the visual chronicler of the Russian legion´s life, whose work nowadays represents his personal testimony of the Czech soldier´s heroism and offers space for understanding their hard lives during the war.

 

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