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Bolf, Josef / Heavy Planet

2014

animated film, 10 minutes 32 seconds, animation and editing Bohdan Dušek, music Freddy Ruppert, sound direction Johana Švarcová

purchased 2019 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

Heavy Planet is a unique item among Bolf’s works. It is not a painting – the form with which he is usually associated – but an animated adaptation of his artistic imagination. It is an audiovisual film collage consisting of Bolf’s artistic methods and techniques, incorporating three-dimensional puppets and music (Freddy Ruppert). The film is accompanied by a harrowing autobiographical text written by Bolf himself. In this ten-minute film, the images, literally set in motion, accumulate and express everything that we are accustomed to in Bolf’s oeuvre – anxiety, fear, melancholy and vulnerability, in other words the artist’s most inner soul.


BOLF JOSEF

(1971, Prague) Painter. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1990 to 1998 (under Jiří Načeradský, Vladimír Kokolia and Vladimír Skrepl). In 2005 he was shortlisted for the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize. He took part in residency programmes in Germany, Sweden, and in 2007 at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program) in New York City. He was a member of the no longer active ‘Headless Rider’ (Bezhlavý jezdec) group. He has participated in group exhibitions since 1993 (a travelling exhibition by Vladimír Kokolia’s students) and individual exhibitions since 1998. Bolf was one of the few Czech artists represented at the “Decadence Now!” exhibition held at Prague’s Rudolfinum. His works are represented in numerous collections in the Czech Republic and abroad, including the National Gallery in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the Museum of Art in Olomouc, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, and more. He currently runs a painting studio at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts. Bolf is one of the most distinctive and individual Czech artists of the post-1989 era.
oil, canvas; 75 × 95 cm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2014

Bolf, Josef / At night

(from the series Dark Forest), acrylic, paper; 1370 × 2200 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2005

Bolf, Josef / From Forest

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

India ink, handmade paper; 420 × 585 mm; purchased 2018 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2006

Bolf, Josef / Untitled

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

1921
Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

Baruch, Josef / Memory of Christmas

undated
Bolf, Josef / At night

Bolf, Josef / At night

2014
Bolf, Josef / From Forest

Bolf, Josef / From Forest

2005
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