Title: Rudolf Valenta. Rekonstruktion
Sborník textů a dokumentů v kontextu tvorby autora v emigraci (1970–2014)
Eds: Alexander Peroutka, Frantisek Zachoval
160 pages, 14,8 x 21cm, black & white
Berlin, January 2015
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Rudolf Valenta left socialist Czechoslovakia in 1970; renouncing
the environment that was his home and the nurturing place of his
profession. In the modern world, the phenomenon of mobility is
considered to be an important tool for unifying Europe, with greater
mobility being both initiated and supported. During the years
of Valenta’s exile and his artistic career in Germany (Berlin), Czech
society had transformed; with its integration into a unified Europe
and adoption of a new scale of values and beliefs. Czech cultural
history is an amalgam of instrumental references, which do not
pay adequate attention to creators residing abroad. For this reason,
this publication devotes more attention to studying the material of
those works which Rudolf Valenta created during his time in his
period of German residence.
Richard Paul Lohse‘s and Karl Ruhrberg’s texts describe the artistic
collective Systhema. Diet Sayler and Jan Kotík emphasise the moment
of interaction – non-hierarchical communication between
the viewer and the object. Selected chapters from the master thesis
regarding Rudolf Valenta by Simona Mehnert are very valuable
as documentary sources, because they discuss also works that had
been mapped only scantily. Hans-Peter Riese and Arsén Pohribný
give a comprehensive elucidation of the context of Valenta’s work
in the German milieu from the 1960s to 1990. Marcela Pánková
outlines the overall background of the problem of inner and outer
exile. Ludvík Ševeček witnessed the creation of the installation
The Great Fibonnaci in 1994 for the city of Zlín, and the subsequent
renovation of this sculpture in 2014. Klaus Peter Dencker examines
Concretism as a dialogue between the observer and the space,
offering a deeper way of observance. Jiří Valoch believes that the
utmost reduction to one idea comes very close to the conceptual
tendencies. Alexander Peroutka and František Zachoval note that
the selected re-discovered and reconstructed works of Valenta
have a strong performative character – they engage the viewer in
logic and interpretation, as well as the context and environment
that are characteristic of the most up-to-date art.
We hope that this publication will encourage specialist and crossborder
research that is in the presently defined world a necessity.
This collection of texts accompanies the eponymous exhibition
Rekonstruktion, which took place in the gallery space of the Czech
Centre in Berlin (24 October – 27 November 2014).
We are specially grateful for the close cooperation and the help of Rudolf Valenta‘s family – Rudolf Valenta, Jaroslav Toussaint, Gita Neumann, Tessel Brühl. Without their personal involvement and given access to author‘s archive – the book wouldn‘t come to exist.
The publication is financially supported by the Czech-German Fund for the Future, the Czech Center Berlin, The Karte Berlin and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.