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7 Feb 2014 - 4 May 2014

Photos Vaclav Jiráska

The first exhibition of 2014 at the Czech Centre Seoul presents one of the most important contemporary Czech photography artist, Václav Jirásek. This exhibition introduces his works through a selection of various photographs from 1992 to present from series like “Narrative – Mystique”, “The Infection,” and “Industria.” Jirásek’s works had already been introduced in South Korea in 2011 during a group exhibition by Czech and Slovakian contemporary photographers under the title “Post-Avantgarte Czech & Slovakia’s Contemporary Photo Art Works”.

Václav Jirásek was born in 1965 in Karviná, Silesia region in Czech Republic. After graduating from High School of Arts and Design in Brno he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. Jirásek was one of the founding members of the artist group “Brotherhood“, with whom he had co-exhibited his works anonymously. The “Brotherhood” worked with various art forms such as painting, photography, and music. Using their works the group presented an escape from the gloomy atmosphere of socialistic Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the “Brotherhood” expressed a sense of disillusionment and alienation through their artworks in the global consuming Czech society. When the “Brotherhood” disbanded in 1994, Jirásek continued working with photography without thematic specification. Václav Jirásek, who was originally a painter, self-studied photography but refused his designation as a photographer. Therefore, he was referred to as an “artist using photography” by the Czech publicist, Michal Nanoru. The common themes of his works range from mystery, manipulation, kitsch, mask, irony, decadence to recycled arts. He uses photography as a medium primarily aimed to capture reality and to typify hidden secrets through displaying camouflage, mimicry or masks. After that it is up to the spectators to discover these hidden secrets. His works were presented in many solos and group exhibitions not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. Some of his photographs had also been included in several photography collections throughout Europe and the United States. Nowadays, Václav Jirásek is considered to be one of the most distinguished contemporary Czech photographers.

The “Brotherhood” Group Exhibitions (Selection)
1993   Fotofeis, Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr, Scotland, UK

1992   Rencontres d´Arles, Arles, FR

1992   Frontiera 1/92, Bolzano, IT

1992   2. Internationale Foto – Trienale, Esslingen, DE

1992   What´s New: Prague, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA

1990   Tschechoslowakische Fotografie der Gegenwart, Museum Ludwig, Köln, DE


Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2013   Upsych 316a, Galerie  Fiducia, Ostrava, CZ

2011   Infection/Industria/Upsych, Beijing, CHN

2010   Upsych 316a, Ateliér Josefa Sudka, Prague, CZ

2009   Zjevení 2007, Galerie 35m2, Prague, CZ

2006   Industria, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ (exhibition tour 2008 Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, FI,  Amsterdam, NLD, Paris, FR)

1997   Centro de la Imagen, (joint project V. Jirásek, R. Novák, I. Pinkava) Mexico City, MX

1995   Memento Mori (joint project V. Jirásek, R. Novák, I. Pinkava) Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Cz

1994   Vaňkovka – rozloučení s průmyslovým věkem, Moravská galerie v Brně, Brno, CZ


Václav Jirásek in Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2012   Czech Contemporary Photography, See Gallery, Beijing, CHN

2011    Mutating Medium, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ

2010    Dekadence Now!, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, CZ

2010    Darknesses for Light, Shiseido Gallery, Tokio, JP

2009    Via Lucis 1989 – 2009, Czech society in photographs, Brussel, BE

2009    Tschechische Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle
der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, DE

2008    Behind walls, Fries museum, Leeuwarden, NL

2005    Od země přes kopec do nebe…, Severočeská galerie, Litoměřice, CZ

2003    Ejhle světlo, Moravská galerie v Brně, Brno, CZ

2002    Laboratoř současných tendencí, Národní galerie v Praze, Prague, CZ

2002    Divočina, Galerie Klatovy / Klenová - Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy, CZ

2001    Czech Photography, Benham Studio Gallery, Seattle, USA

2000    Akt v české fotografii, Císařská konírna Pražského hradu, Prague, CZ

2000    Konec světa?, Národní galerie v Praze, Prague, CZ

1997    Project Chimaera, Halle, DE



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From: 7 Feb 2014
To: 4 May 2014


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