Cz
  • 8smička
  • Kamarytova 97
  • Humpolec

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.

Exhibition:

If I Were as Beautiful as Dionysos

15. 06. – 29. 09. 2024

If I Were as Beautiful as Dionysos

An Encounter with Jan Zrzavý

15. 06. – 29. 09. 2024

Curators: Miloš Doležal & Martin Herold

Artists: Jan Zrzavý & Jiří Bašta, Dominik Běhal, Václav Boštík, Josef Čapek, Dominika Dobiášová, Mary Durasová, Igor Hosnedl, Giorgio de Chirico, Libuše Jarcovjáková, Jiří John, Zsófia Keresztes, Šárka Koudelová, Bohumil Kubišta, Jan Merta, Ivan Meštrović, Otakar Mrkvička, Odilon Redon, Miroslava Večeřová / Architects: O+M Studio (Ondřej Čech a Monika Matějková)

The painter Jan Zrzavý was one of the national classics, whose artistic language helped to name, both intuitively and consciously (in times of national danger), the identity of Czech culture. Author of frequently reproduced South Bohemian and Vysočina landscapes, illustrator of Erben’s Bouquet and Mácha’s May, set designer of Libuše and The Devil’s Wall. And yet this painter, whose work was exhibited many times and who did not go through any art school, often fled from Bohemia to Italy and France in search of Gothic and Renaissance, light and sea, fearing his native Vysočina. He used to be a loner in the midst of a crowd of admirers and carried the sting of otherness in him since childhood. He wrestled with his body and his homosexual orientation, seeking ways out of his curse and finding them in the art and spiritual worlds.

We invited not only those who worked in contemporary circles related to Zrzavý, but also contemporary artists who are influenced by Zrzavý’s work, work on similar themes and ask similarly pressing questions. We have selected from a wide range of artists – Zrzavý’s fluidity remains strong and inspiring to this day.