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Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

1996

acrylic, ash, canvas, 180 × 140 cm

This painting dates from Balabán’s early period. Its economical composition and sombre atmosphere express his disapproval at the surfeit of colours and visual culture that was typical of the 1990s. The imprint of two copulating figures serves as a matrix inscribed into a cosmic space, expressing the archetypical principle of conception and rebirth. The cycle of life, and the Biblical “dust you are, and to dust you will return”, are accentuated by the use of ash on the painting’s surface.


BALABÁN DANIEL

(1957, Šumperk) Painter. One of the most influential figures on the Ostrava art scene around the turn of the 21st century. He studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts under Professor František Jiroudek (1979–1984). Since 1993 he has headed the painting studio at the University of Ostrava – first as part of the Institute for Art Studies at the Faculty of Education, and now within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. In 2004 he was awarded his associate professorship from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. In 2012 he won the Michal Ranný Prize. His first solo exhibition was in 1985, and he has participated in group exhibitions since 1988. Balabán’s work is influenced by Christian themes and iconography, reflecting his family background – his father was a Lutheran pastor. Already in the 1980s and 90s he began to explore hybridity in his work, situating Christian themes within the critical context of socialist realism or other ironic settings. His later work explored intersections between Christianity, existential themes and critiques of consumerism; he moved towards a form of generally conceived spirituality, and his figures became increasingly destabilized or partially devoid of content. Besides traditional painting, Balabán’s oeuvre also includes assemblages and computer-modified photography.
oil, canvas, 75.2 × 100 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture
1983

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Balabán, Daniel / Concrete (Below a Slag-Heap)

Balabán, Daniel / Concrete (Below a Slag-Heap)

1983
Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

1996
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