Art has moved to Humpolec!
Zone 8smička in Humpolec aims at blurring out differences between the city centre and the outskirts. The industrial area located half way between Prague and Brno has undertaken a major transformation into a cultural venue which conveys a visitor’s encounter with contemporary art. The Art Zone 8smička has the ambition to create an impetus for creation of a local community in Humpolec, which would also be open to all visitors from the surrounding area and further. 8smička will show 3 curated exhibitions per year accompanied by variety of programmes. 8smička opened in 18 April 2018 and it is administered by 8smička Foundation.
The Loners of Vysocina08. 06. – 29. 09. 2019
Curated by Miloš Doležal & Emma Hanzlíková, Dan Merta
Artists: Jiří Bašta, Stanislav Hynek Doležal, Luboš Drtina Marie Galimberti-Provázková, Jiří John, Čestmír Kafka, Jaroslav Panuška, Bohumír Prokůpek, Jindřich Prucha, Jiří Příhoda, Bohuslav Reynek, Jaroslav Rössler, Jan Zrzavý / Temporary artistic interventions in the ladscape: Stanislav Abrahám, Josef Čančík, Jan Šerých / Architect: Jiří Příhoda
Vysocina is a wrinkled, rugged region, constricted by distress, squeezed between Bohemia and Moravia. In these melancholic regions we often encounter individuals for whom the return to birthplace or abandonment of civilisation has become the only possible way of existence. Rough Vysocina is characterised by shutting oneself into the inner world and the search for inner solitude and spiritual sources. The inspirational tradition that one may draw upon and learn from was defined by outsiders who gradually become essential figures of our cultural history – Josef Florian, Jakub Deml, Bohuslav Reynek or Ivan Martin Jirous. Artists linked by the foggy highlands share radical separation from cultural centres and opposition to the contemporary regime. In the depths of this mysterious region, we may find hiding contemplative solitaires with creative spirits, poets and painters, musicians and architects, whose work, bearing blurred motives of existential distress, should not remain forgotten.
The exhibition is enhanced by three interventions, in which two contemporary artists and one architect temporarily (until the end of summer) enliven four locations in the surrounding landscape. They take inspiration from three late geniuses from Vysocina (G. Mahler and B. Reynek) and in one case from architecture (Melechov). The forested hummock where our pagan ancestors used to hold their feasts (Josef Čančík @Melechov). The bank of a brook where sheep used to feed (Jan Šerých @ Petrkov). The courtyard of a former coaching inn (Stanislav Abrahám @ Pension Mahler, Kaliště).