ME, YOU, HE, SHE, IT, WE, YOU, THEY AT THE PRAGUE CITY GALLERY
14. August 2017
At the exhibition Medium: figure in the Prague City Gallery, you can see Anna Hulačová’s sculpture "me, you, he, she, it, we, you, they" (2016), from the collection of Kunsthalle Praha.
The sculpture of two interconnected people, can be seen in the courtyard of the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace until 8 October 2017. The exhibition (as the title clearly states) deals with the figure, which contemporary Czech and Slovak artists have shifted far beyond the borders of conventional sculpture.
Although the exhibition is loosely tied to the previous project, Restless figure -Expression in Czech sculpture 1880-1914, shiny metal bodies have long since been exchanged for modern techniques and materials. Medium: figure offers a rich portfolio of the artistic forms in which the human body can be represented, examined and mutated. The artists presented their work through video, photography, performance, installation, film, and sculptures from cement and plaster.
The sculpture me, you, he, she, it, we, you, they is nearly two metres tall and was created from heavy gray cement. It portrays two anonymous infinitely connected figures on a high patterned pedestal. The figures are dressed in sweaters “sewn” from gold and silver silicon. The faces on bare heads are covered in digital print and their faces are only minimally marked. The work was first shown last winter at the ProLuka outdoor gallery in Prague’s Vršovice neighbourhood.
Slovak artist Anna Hulačová studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and her work adds life to a more traditional concept of sculpture. In 2016 she became the youngest laureate of the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize, and only its second woman winner, after Eva Koťátková (represented both in the Medium: figure exhibition and in the Kunsthalle Praha collection). Aside from the statue me, you, he, she, it, we, you, they, there are three more slightly surrealist statues by Hulačová in the exhibition.
Kunsthalle Praha is a newly emerging space for art and culture in Prague’s historical centre. It will offer visitors a wide range of exhibitions and educational projects, cultural events and social activities. Kunsthalle Praha’s mission is to contribute to a deeper understanding of Czech and international art of the 20th and 21st centuries and to communicate this with a dynamic, contemporary programme to a broad public.