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Title: Rudolf Valenta. Rekonstruktion
Sborník textů a dokumentů v kontextu tvorby autora v emigraci (1970–2014)
Eds: Alexander Peroutka, Frantisek Zachoval
Paperback, Czech, 160 pages, black/white
Berlin, January 2015
ISBN 978-39-817-0170-8
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Cover and Graphic © Design Michal Chodanič, 2014
If you wish to order the book, email us at info (at) thekarte.org or editor (at) thekarte (dot) org.

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.
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Invisible Violence
11 October 2014
Naunynstraße 53, 10999 Berlin, Germany
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Interview with Alexander Peroutka

Klas Eriksson, Nongkran Panmongkol and Alexander Peroutka work with the idea of social intervention. Their work is influenced by their stay or life in the geopolitical space of Sweden. Social and political ideas in Sweden have traditionally their own autonomous interpretation and implementation. Here it seems the society is more homogeneous and is organized around common understanding. The focus of the presented work lies on artistic investigation into social realities limited by geopolitical space. These interventions expect a social environment that has its limits, borders and its own unique expectations.

Klas Eriksson is investigating social power, hierarchy, social control and violence in cultural imaginary and the impact of pop-culture on function of contemporary society. His investigations leads to a certain performative character of his installations and videos.

Nongkran Panmongkol was born in Thailand and lives in Stockholm. She is working with the ideas of cultural conflict, cultural hegemony while she is analyzing the problems that are created by non-stop modernization of western global society in terms of human interaction limits, personal and collective social responsibilities.

Alexander Peroutka is an artist from Prague and Stockholm. His work is based on investigations into a logic of cultural and political structures that are authentic in every geo-political area (geo-body). He creates his own critical approach that takes three-dimentional form of his installations. His installations are based on documentaries, databases and social models.

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Klas Eriksson, Nongkran Panmongkol and Alexander Peroutka

Themes and Variations
May 2 – June 28, 2014
Moeller Fine Art, Tempelhofer Ufer 11, D-10963 Berlin
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Interview with: Stephanie Moeller,
curator: Stephanie Moeller,
exhibited artist: Pravoslav Sovak.

Pravoslav Sovák’s solo presentation at the gallery Moeller Fine Art Berlin showcases 35 drawings, collages and etchings created between 1968 and 2013. The exhibition is divided into three thematic circles: Museum Sheets, Beauties, and Desert Sheets. In this video, Stephanie Moeller explains her relationship to Mr Sovák’s work, focusing closer on the series Museum Sheets.

Desert Sheets were conceived during the artist’s regular journeys to the US. A series of works on paper depict landscapes as a symbol of nature, as a symbol of the authentic living. Even though the deserts have very little human interference apart from roads, nuclear testing sites etc. they are spaces which are not inhabited, they are not regularly cultivated, in this respect are not what we call a cultured landscape.

Pravoslav Sovák was born and worked in the communist Czechoslovakia until 1968. He emigrated to Germany on the 21st of August 1968, which was the exact day of the Soviet invasion, and later he settled in Switzerland. His transition between cultural codes of the East and West brought him a deeper understanding of the system as a whole. In many respects his ability to compare, as well as a developed sensibility, enabled his overview of political systems and different structures of society and this facilitated his personal achievement. I would like to suggest that this is the most evident in his thematic work about American deserts in Arizona.

What actually is a desert if not a natural entity? Having had no use for humans, it is left untouched. Infinity, particular circularity and meditation, have been symbolic codes attached to the desert. For Sovák it signifies the opposite of temptation, which we experience in different social systems and cultures. This particular quality can be noticed especially if we are overwhelmed by powerful historical moments. Ulrike Lorenz summarises this in her encomium ‘Topographies of Yearning’ which was published in the Sovák’s monograph Themes &Variations under the framework of an eponymous exhibition: „Sovak’s deserts and vast expanses are topographies of yearning. In the vortext of seeing, the viewer becomes one with the object he’s looking at, but his yearning is never satisfied.“ The show runs until June 28, 2014.

The exhibition was organized as part of the tenth anniversary of Gallery Weekend Berlin, which strategically promotes the exhibition activities of local galleries. Almost all galleries stayed open past their usual opening times. Over sixty artists showed at Gallery Weekend Berlin, including Julian Opie, Zofia Kulik, Gordon Matta-Clark, Liam Gillick and Wolfgang Laib among others.

Pravoslav Sovák was born in 1926 in Vysoké Mýto, Bohemia. After graduating from the School of Ceramics, Bechyně and then from the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University, Prague, he worked as an assistant professor at Palacký University, Olomouc. Sovak received his art education at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague. He has been living in Switzerland since 1968. In 1975 he was appointed professor and the head of department of Free Graphic Arts at the Cologne School of Art and Design. He was selected for the 36th Biennale di Venezia.

Interview produced by František Zachoval.
More info: http://www.moellerfineart.com

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Additional Links; November 1 – November 10, 2013; Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Gustav-Adolf-Str. 140, 13086 Berlin
Gustav-Adolf-Straße 140, 13086 Berlin, Deutschland
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Interview with: Tereza Severova, curators: Christl Mudrak and Tereza Severova; artists: Martin Bražina → Marie Šťastná, Radek Malý, Jiří Brož, Miroslav Tyč, Jan Těsnohlídek ml., Tomáš Pospěch, Marek Jelínek, Jiří Studený; Romana Drdová → Hynek a Alexandra Vajd; Markéta Gárai → Eva Jiřička; Jakub Geltner → Kryštof Kintera; Tereza Kowolowská → Joža Uprka; Christl Mudrak → Jan Kotík; Eugenio Percossi → Vasil Artamanov; Vojtěch Pollák → Marek Thér; Michal Pustějovský → Evžen Šimera; Tereza Severová → Dalibor Chatrný; Jaroslav Šlauf → Markus Huemer; Viktor Vejvoda → Tomáš Svoboda; Ondřej Vicena → Zdeněk Lhotský.

In this video I attend the opening reception of the exhibition, and curator Tereza Severova talks about how she and Christl Mudrak developed the idea for the exhibition and the basic concept of the show.

Video produced by František Zachoval.
Camera: David Kerny Bůžek, 5Dčko, Jan Petýrek.
More info: http://kunsthalle.kunsthochschule-berlin.de/zusatzlicher-anschluss-pridavna-spojeni

Laika (Лайка),
October 5 (2013),
Kreuzberg Pavillon, Naunynstrasse 53, 10999 Berlin
Naunynstraße 53, 10999 Berlin, Germany
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Interview with Robert Barta, artists: Robert Barta, Thomas Behling and Mineo Kato.

The common theme of the group exhibition at Kreuzberg Pavillon in Berlin is a surreal situation and well known story of Laika, ‘the first dog in space’, who reached the sky, but died from overheating within hours after the launch. The artists Mineo Kato, Thomas Behling and Robert Barta created works that deal with ‘the infinite’ – even though the installation was ‘temporarily’ available only during the opening reception. In this video, Robert Barta provides us with an introduction to the concept behind the exhibition.

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