The fact I wasn't in contact with certain artistic international trends meant that I created my own personal parallel, recalls artist Stanislav Kolíbal in a new episode of the documentary series Art in Isolation. According to him, a strong creative and intellectual will can overcome the obstacles of life in a time full of limitations.

Watch the second episode of the new documentary series Art in Isolation. Where does one look for inspiration in times of limitations? How does one create art freely and how does one come face to face with the world? Questions like these come to the fore during a pandemic crisis. And the past can serve as a place to seek – and find – answers. The stories of artists during the period of totalitarianism are recounted by Kunsthalle Praha in collaboration with Memory of Nations.

Stanislav Kolíbal (1925) is a doyen of Czech minimalist sculpture and an artist whose work has resonated internationally. In the early 1950s, he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, and also holds a degree in scenography from the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, he became a professor at the Academy of Arts in Prague. He is best known for his monochromatic minimalist object-structures, forms which geometrically define spaces in a significantly transcendental manner. Already since the 1960s, he was one of the few artists to gain international recognition and was invited by foreign curators to important shows in Europe and the USA. During the years 1998-1999, he became the first Czech artist to attend the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin. In 2012 his biggest retrospective exhibition was held at the Imperial Stables of the Prague Castle, and in 2019 he represented the Czech Republic at the Venice Biennale.

Art in Isolation: This series of short documentaries focuses on the phenomenon of artistic creation in isolation. A joint project of Kunsthalle Praha and Post Bellum, it draws on interviews recorded for the Memory of Nations archive. Individual episodes can be watched each month on the websites and social networks of both institutions.