The i-datum database of contemporary Czech art was originally launched in tandem with the research project into the period of transformation from the 1980s to the present day. It ran in parallel to the AVU Research Centre archive and provided basic information on important artists and groups, important exhibition projects, galleries and art magazines during this period.
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|08/05/2005. 31/01/2005 // 18/02/2005 .15/11/2004|
For some words, it is hard to find an exact equivalent in other languages. We can come up with a complex paraphrase, but not a single precise word. This is the case with the English word ‘insiders’. They are members of a certain closed club, a group, a profession or even a broader community. In short, they know the rules and the context of their society, they know how to move about in it and they declare their allegiance to it. The contemporary Czech art scene, or at least, the part of it that is interested in contemporary art, is so small and closed as to be essentially a community of insiders. In the mid nineties, a new generation appeared on the scene; today, it is an active component that, to a certain extent, shapes the scene. Their first works were made in a specific social situation, when the post-revolutionary euphoria was succeeded by disappointment and a ‘bad mood’. In English, this is described as ‘Expectations – Reality Gap’. The ascendant generation of insiders began to exhibit within the existing system of galleries, which consisted of small, peripheral galleries and alternative spaces that sometimes housed exhibitions for a very short period. Although many of them are today well-known artists, only a small circle of people are familiar with their early works. The main aim of this exhibition is to show them, mostly for the first time, in an established gallery space.
Curator / Organizer
Texts / Publications
- Insiders, Dům umění města Brna, Dům pánů z Kunštátu, Brno 2004 / Futura, Prague 2005. Texts: Pavlína Morganová: Insiders - Nenápadná generace druhé poloviny 90. let; Jana a Jiří Ševčíkovi: Tři generace - tři mýty; Eva Krátká, David Kulhánek, Dagmar Svatošová: Výstavní provoz na české umělecké scéně v 90. letech 20. století.
- Gabriela Bukovinská-Kotíková, Reakce na článek J. Ptáčka, in. Umělec 2/05, s. 47
- Jiří Ptáček, Insider, bez insidera,…, in. Umělec 1/05, s. 90-91
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