The first ever solo exhibition of works by Polish artist Mirosław Bałka in the Czech Republic will be on display at the Gallery of Contemporary Art and Architecture – House of Art in České Budějovice in December 2017.
The title of Mirosław Bałka’s first solo exhibition in the Czech Republic, Der Nachthauseweg, is inspired by one of Franz Kafka’s short stories. It is a play on words reflecting Bałka’s interest in the relationship between the concepts of the night (German: Nacht) – house (hause) – path (weg).
The exhibition consists of the sculpture 229 x 118 x 75, made of terrazzo panels, their size based on the dimensions of Bałka’s body and held up by a steel structure placed on small pieces of felt that create a warm, soft contrast to the hard material. Like the other materials used in Bałka’s works, this aged terrazzo comes from his family home in Otwock, where his stonemason grandfather used it to create tombstones. The cheap artificial stone takes on a lofty meaning that develops a dialectical discourse between bed and stretcher, grave/shelter, light/dark, and presence/absence.
The other three rooms present three shorts videos: Apple T. (2009/2010) was filmed at the Treblinka extermination camp, Smoke (2012/2013) features sounds recorded on the roof of Bałka’s studio and Otw. (2012/2013), which was recorded in his studio in Otwock. These video works are characterised by their strong sense of authenticity and short form. In the artist’s own words:
The manner in which I understand art is closely related to the essence of haiku, the dramas of Białoszewski, sounds, a vibrant mixture, and chains of events. Video is like a vacuum that sucks everything into it.
Another important medium in the work of Mirosław Bałka is drawing: the exhibition in České Budějovice concludes with a selection of thirty A5-sized drawings from Bałka’s visual diary from the years 2007–2017.
The exhibition at the Gallery of Contemporary Art and Architecture – House of Art in České Budějovice curated by Michal Škoda will be on from 30th November until 31st December 2017.
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The exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, operating under its flagship brand Culture.pl, as part of its North-South programme.
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