Krištof Kintera. I AM NOT YOU
11 June – 28 September 2014
Kintera’s sculptural and drawn work developed during his time at the Academy. IT (1996) is a sculpture on rollers, shaped like an egg or computer mouse, the size of a dachshund, which is to be pulled through the exhibition space or the city on a string. IT is a work that can interact: with its assistance, the person pulling it along is bound to experience further interactions /encounters with passers-by. This is a ‘conversation piece’ of a new kind, claiming the public space for its own the way a dachshund, or a children’s toy pulled along on a string, would do it. The only thing is, with IT, we’re talking about art…
Revolution was created in 2005, after Kintera’s stay in Amsterdam. While the Talkmen, which had been created from 1999 to 2003 as sculptures, were small human figures, barely a meter tall, that moved about and babbled, the Revolution figure – in exactly the same shape – but this time very mobile and vehemently and forcefully bashes its head against the wall. This revolution does not devour its children, but destroys its very self – and the world in which it stands.
A similar function to that of the striking short phrases is assumed by Lay down and shine (2009), a streetlight that has been cut down and gleams on the lawn of the Museum’s park. The paradox that the destroyed light continues to shine is one thing – another is the fact that the manifest process of destruction is, in this case, inherently an aesthetic winner. Thus, suddenly, a candelabra can be transformed from urban furniture into a sculpture and a respected formal authority.
Bad News from 2011, on the other hand, tackles everything head-on – be it problem or generally ‘the world’. Bent over a large drum, a horned figure with a long, occasionally curling and beating tail, in a black fur coat, huddles and listens to the news and music coming from a large radio set. There is nothing pacifying, peaceful in this whole arrangement; on the contrary, the world’s entire misery seems to amass around this figure which, in reaction to this, kicks the drum and hits the empty beer glasses with a stick.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog in individual sheet form comprising documents and photos from the artist's workshop as well as an interview (in English) between Krištof Kintera, Roland Wetzel, Andres Pardey and the gallery owner Jiří Švestka. Each copy packaged in an individual handmade box.
Only available at museum’s book shop: 68 CHF, ISBN 978-3-9523990-7-1