Krištof Kintera – We All Want to Be Cleaned, 2017

Krištof Kintera - We All Want to Be Cleaned, 2017

Krištof Kintera
We All Want to Be Cleaned, 2017
© Krištof Kintera

Krištof Kintera
Nervous Trees
September 7 — November 26, 2017

Galerie Rudolfinum
Alšovo nábřeží 12
110 00 Prague
Czech Republic

This autumn, Galerie Rudolfinum opened the 100th exhibition since its founding in 1994. To mark this anniversary, the gallery is hosting a large-scale exhibition project of Krištof Kintera which presents a summary of the last five years of the author’s oeuvre, and features some 20 sculptures, installations and interactive objects.

The exhibition title Nervous Trees references the eponymous objects which will nervously move in the main exhibition hall; in another, the visitor will have to make his way between pedestals made of polystyrene, the cosily familiar thermal insulation material, while its fragments whirling around in the gallery evoke a rather unpleasant snow storm. An important part of the exhibition includes the so-called laboratory, which takes the visitor right into the birthing process of Kintera’s ongoing installation Postnaturalia, about a hundred square metres of artificial landscape made of electronic devices—poetic and, at the same time, drastic. Samples of plastic flowers, files with herbariums and extensive video footage of creation of individual objects act as the landscape elements. The small gallery hall is dedicated to showing, in the form of dozens of drawings, the more intimate side of Kintera’s work. On the contrary, the larger gallery halls will host projects such as Nervous Trees (2013), a pillar made of Knauf mortar Do It Yourself (After Brancusi) (2007), a mouflon rearing to the sky like some creature of legends Electrons Seeking Spirit (2016), and other sculptures. As the first ever public screening, Galerie Rudolfinum is also showing Hands – Tools of Brain, a one-hour edit of approximately seven years’ worth of recorded footage of hands in the studio, as they destroy and test materials and techniques, and produce and assemble individual components of future sculptures and installation.


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