There is now quite an interesting exhibition to be seen in the exhibition spaces of the Municipal Library, which is a part of the City Gallery Prague. It is called Zaostali for ever (which translated into English means Retarded for ever) and presents work of an interesting group of Czech artists, founded twenty years ago, in 1987. Its members were fine artists Hugo Demartini, Bedrich Dlouhy, Zdenek Beran and Pavel Nesleha, architect Jan Kouba and music composer Jan Klusak. Each of them had his own style, but they were bound together by similar sense of humor. The ironic name Zaostali (Retarded) was chosen to present their will to resist the Art world fashion of their time. In the late 1980´s, in the slowly liberating political atmosphere, were founded some Artistic groups, which intended to use a lot of new media in their work, but members of Zaostali wanted to stay faithful to classical old media – painting, drawing, sculpture.
What is characteristic for Zaostali, is non-conformist and sometimes even shocking arrangement of their works, so for example, in one room you can see paintings arranged on the floor. And also the sense of irony is in general typical for them.
It has no meaning to describe their works here, you must see them. The exhibition is pretty good, so is definitely worth of seeing even for those who are not that much into Art, because works presented here are not “traditional“ and do not lack sense of humor.
The library is situated at Marianske Square, not too far from Staromestska Metro station (green line). But the entrance to the gallery is from Valentinska Street, and the exhibition rooms are situated in the second floor of the building. The exhibition is opened until 25th of November, every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct 29, 13:45 (Filed under: Prague events )