Eva Kmentová – Olbram Zoubek Human Dignity

13. 6. – 28. 8. 2021

Miroslav Kubík Gallery, Smetanovo nám. 71

open | from 1. 7. till 11. 7. daily 10.00 – 17.00

opening ceremony | 12. 6. 2021 at 17.00

curator | Helena Musilová

architect of the exhibition | Pavel Kolíbal

exhibition graphic | Karel Štědrý

promoted by | Miroslav Kubík Gallery

Sculptors Eva Kmentová and Olbram Zoubek represent two extraordinary creative individualities, both of which gradually became icons of the Czech, more precisely of the European sculpture of the second half of the 20th century. They were classmates from Professor Josef Wagner's extraordinarily inspiring studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where Czech post-war sculpture was revived or reborn. Moreover, they were also life partners; they got married just after graduating from school. Partnerships, family, and friendships were an important defence against the demagogy of the totalitarian era, which reflected in their work and approach to it. Eva Kmentová and Olbram Zoubek were the authors of distinctive sculptures where an important role was played by man, his position in the world and time, with an inward experience of human existence. The exhibition presents areas based on both authors' own works (themes such as figure, gesture, surface, emptiness and their different or close depiction by both authors) and tries to find moments of mutual inspiration. Focusing on the period from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, both well-known works by both sculptors (Zoubek: Guardians, Runner or sculptures from the Shooting series; Kmentová: Abandoned Space, Human Eggs or stelae with fingerprints and lips) will be exhibited, as well as less known works, reliefs and small sculptures, the photographs will also remark works for public space.

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