We invite you to the exhibition Mat Collishaw.Standing Water, which takes place in the Galerie Rudolfinum and runs until 8 July. Within the exhibition we have in our Sternberg Palace also exhibited one work.
The exhibition Standing Water interprets often traditional themes from the history of art, updated with modern-day context, which explore the vast possibilities of the media used. Mat Collishaw (*1966) is a key figure in the influential generation of British artists who became established in the late 1980s at Goldsmith’s College in London. The Prague exhibition shows his major works from all periods of his artistic career – from the 1990s until the present. His oeuvre is typical of deeper themes hiding beneath a visually attractive surface – they easily catch the viewer’s eye, whilst maintaining a high order of aesthetic quality. By bringing iconic works of art closer to today’s audiences, he pushes the reality of art and its representation into the realm of new context.
To reflect on old art does not necessarily mean going back to the roots. Mat Collishaw has a singular ability to tap into the unique aura of old art which works in the new, present-day context. His attention is focuses mainly on the potential of reinterpretation, staging of a visual sensation where only the reverberations of original meanings are preserved. From the open series Black Mirror, from which two counterpart Caravaggio paintings in an opulent Murano glass frame will be seen at the Rudolfinum, the National Gallery curator Otto Urban chose a paraphrasis of Georges de la Tour’s painting A Different Self as an intervention in the Baroque art collections of the National Gallery in the Sternberg Palace. Retrospective confrontation with original paintings by Tintoretto, Ribera, Rubens, van Dyck and others raises loaded and inspiring questions which lead to discovery of unexpected relationships and contexts.
Curator: Petr Nedoma