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Matasová, Adéla / Fictitious projects

2000–2001

digitally altered photograph, paper 1000 × 1500 mm

purchased 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture

This is a digitally manipulated photograph taken from a series of the same name that was first exhibited in its entirety at Prague’s Václav Špála Gallery in 2001. It draws on the artist’ personal experience of the landscapes of the American Midwest, which used to be inhabited by ancient civilizations. She strikes up a hypothetical relationship with them, offering these civilizations assistance from the future in the form of modern technologies – solar panels, which she has placed on the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. This creates a super-realistic situation, which uses manipulated visual signs to express the interconnection of human energies across time.

MATASOVÁ ADÉLA

(1940, Prague) Painter, sculptor, graphic artist, creator of objects and installations. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1958–1964). She has exhibited solo since 1971 and in group exhibitions since 1969; her work has also frequently been exhibited abroad, including international projects in Germany, Britain, Belgium, and particularly in the USA. Since 1990 she has taught at the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (as a member of the spatial art studio specializing in textiles and alternative techniques). In 2000 she was a visiting teacher at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 2004–2005 she was the Vice-Rector of the Josef Škvorecký Academy, and in 2005–2012 she taught in Plzeň, at the West Bohemian University’s Faculty of Art and Design, where she co-founded the spatial and intermedia art studio. Adéla Matasová’s work has always been rooted in a conceptual approach. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, she responded to newly emerging artistic directions in her approach to space, repetition and intermediality. Her installations from the 1990s are situated in monumental spaces and various types of architecture, such as the stone walls of medieval castles, stables, city halls and similar interiors, but also in exterior spaces. Her favourite material is metal, particularly thin polished sheet metal that acts as a mirror. She often uses sheet metal to make periscope-type structures. Besides her large-scale sculptural works and spatial installations, Matasová is also known for her suspended kinetic objects driven by electrical motors or software; here again frequent features are mirroring effects, elements of surprise and variability in materials.
video, duration 63 seconds, purchased 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2019

Matasová, Adéla / Each of us has at some time wanted to touch existence

mixed technique, cloth, mechanical motion, 200 × 200 cm, purchased in 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture
2001–2005

Matasová, Adéla / Interspaces

mixed technique, steel, digital motion, mirror steel, numerals, 50 × 50 × 25 cm, purchased 2020 with the support of the Czech Ministry
2014

Matasová, Adéla / The infinity of numbers

Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

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

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

1983
Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

1996
Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

1921
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