Difficult CeremonySeptember 7 – October 4 2018, Start and end dates
The Gallery at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague presents an exhibition named after Milan Knížák artwork from the late sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, which gives an insight in conceptual overlaps and autonomous approaches in drawing and painting in Czechoslovakia in the unfavorable period of normalization and in the period just after.
Karel Adamus, Jiří David, Stano Filko, Alva Hajn, Jiří Hilmar, Dalibor Chatrný, Olga Karlíková, Milan Knížák, Jiří Kovanda, Alena Kučerová, František Kyncl, Milan Maur, Vladimír Merta, Miloslav Moucha, Marian Palla, Jan Steklík, Margita Titlová Ylovsky, Petr Veselý, Jaroslav Vožniak.
Authors often worked within the groups and informal associations, often in protest against the regime (Klub konkrétistů/Club Concretists, Měkkohlaví, Křižovnická škola čistého humoru bez vtipu, Staří psi/Old dogs, Tvrdohlaví/Stubborn, circle around Gallery Behémót etc.). In contrast to the officially recognized art and its establishment, so then created a whole range of experimental and innovative approaches.The line of exposed works comes from artists who have researched space, shape, emptiness, time, recording their own actions, movement or sound, exploring intangible energies such as light, magnetism, fire, or trying completely different means of expression. The conceptual tendencies that penetrated into classical painting and drawing often went about the aesthetization of the work, much more important was the essence of the intended message - the search for a new path, the free expression, the author's own ceremony.