58th International Biennale in Venice: Stanislav Kolíbal
Giardini di Castello, Benátky, Itálie, 30122
Place: Czech and Slovak Pavilion in Venice
Stanislav Kolíbal (1925) will represent theCzechRepublicat the next International Biennale inVenicebeginning onMay 11, 2019. The expert jury has selected his project out of 23 others in the tender.
“Kolíbal’s design enhances the masterful architecture of the Czechoslovak Pavilion by architect Novotný and responds, in terms of concept, to the curators’ theme of the next Biennale, i.e. art as a possible answer to the complexity of our times. The modesty of Kolíbal’s vocabulary is an antidote to an ironic twist contained in an ancient Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times”, which became the main theme of the Biennale’s curator Ralph Rugoff. So is the humility of Kolíbal’s art and his artistic position: reticent stance, yet passionate and engaged, a belief in art as an active form of liberation and emancipation, simultaneously rebellious, resistant and consensus-seeking, a negotiation of forms and ideas, conversing paradigms, norms and world’s perceptions. Kolíbal’s exhibition proposal offers a journey through an artistic mind, emphasizing the construction of an independent voice where the aesthetic and the political are intertwined in a faithful and uncompromising expression of the “interesting times”: the post-war, the post-1989 and the current development of art,” states the expert jury.
Stanislav Kolíbal will cap the presence of the wide generation spectrum of Czech artists, who represented the Czech Republic in the past Biennales, such as Dominik Lang (b. 1980) in 2011, Zbyněk Baladrán (b. 1973) in 2013 and Jiří David (b. 1956) in 2015.
Curator: Dieter Bogner
- 1918–1938: The First Czechoslovak Republic
- 1930–present: Czech modern art
- European Art from Antiquity to Baroque | until 28/4 2019
- Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe 1200–1550
- Old Masters | from 13/9 2019
- 1796–1917: ART OF THE LONGEST CENTURY | from 13/11 2019
- The Collection of Prints and Drawings