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Jiří David Crystalline Shores

Author, Exhibition title: Jiří David Crystalline Shores
Venue: Synagogue – Centre for Contemporary Art, Halenárska 2, Trnava
Vladimír Beskid
Opening: 24 February 2010, 18:00, Kopplova vila GJK
24 February – 11 April 2010


Both exhibition premises of the Ján Koniarek Gallery are very rarely devoted to one author. By doing so, the main organizers accentuate the importance of this event, an aim of which being to present the Slovak public with one of the key figures of the Czech (and Slovak) middle generation scene – Jiří David. It is an extraordinarily large and comprehensive artwork presented in a backward view (Kopplova vila) and in one contemporary project (Synagóga).




Crystalline Shores in the Synagogue offer the current artwork of Jiří David that came into existence especially for these exhibition spaces and it is reflecting the historical memory of the Synagogue premises. The author created a sand desert situation with neon light barriers in form of barbed wire with a head centrally located in sand and a spectacular crystal chandelier swinging above it. This site-specific installation opens numerous levels of reading and interpretations: it props itself upon Jewish-Christian tradition (passage of the
Israelites through the desert, spiritual pilgrimage and holocaust), it opens pictures of today´s wealth and
poverty as well as personal moments of insensitivity to other cultures, other religions or insensitivity towards self, or the well known building of „sand castles“.

Partners for these exhibitions are: Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Center in Bratislava.
Both exhibitions are open till 11 April 2010. 


Doc. Jiří David, born in 1956 in Rumburk, lives and creates in Prague.
He is a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1982-87), in 1987 - 1991 a member of artistic group called Tvrdohlaví /Stubborn/.
Since 2004 he has been a head of intermedial and conceptual studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
His artworks can be found in national and public collections: NG Prague, MG Brno, GBR Louny, Museum of Art in Olomouc, The Art Institute of Chicago, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Jack Tilton gallery New York, Palais Lichtenstein Vienna etc.

For more information visit www.jiri-david.cz


Project Partners:

Moravská galéria Brno

České centrum Bratislava

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