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
Cover and Graphic © Design Michal Chodanič, 2014
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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 environmentthat are characteristic of the most up-to-date art.
We hope that this publication will encourage specialist and crossborderresearch 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.