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Eva Koťátková

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Eva Koťátková is a young artist who won the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in 2007. With her playful but superficial way she examines the role and position of the individual in the social system and personal environment in which he or she interacts on a daily basis. Through any deviation from a balanced state a series of causalities are put into motion that return in a complicated way to a new equilibrium. Koťátková sees in the viewer a friend that she initiates into her variegated world that is, however, someway limited. Rules, rituals, stereotype and isolation all prevent a sincere and open view. Owing to her generally shared theme of children, education and group behaviour, the viewer is easily pulled into her world and can thus assume her perspective. Despite the diverse nature of the media she uses (drawing, performance, sculpture, installation), her work is distinct for its innocence and suppressed mischief.


By reconstructing events she does not primarily attempt to examine the medium or the transformation of reality, but to examine the change in behaviour of the participants themselves. In her action Red Table (2006-7) young children were themselves to imitate in an artificially created situation as closely as possible the situation that took place. The Way to School project exhibited in the Václav Špála Gallery in 2008 is structured in a similar way. Koťátková's original plan was to “go back to school" and spend time learning with children their tuition. This gradually developed into as series of parallel themes, though the primary principle remained unchanged. The difference between her presence and that of the pupils could be found in their different social roles. Koťátková changed the exhibition space into a basic-school type building during the communist years, its statues (schoolbag made of wood, archive for drawings, a construction for seating so that hands would be at the correct level) resonated with drawings of a comic nature. In one of the actions in the Way to School she had the pupils join hands and embrace the school, and she applied a similar formula on her Art Education at Karlin studios (2008), in which she used participants and viewers as a principle of construction. The artist often acted as a mere director of improvisational theatre that imposes rules and waits to see in which way the actors themselves build upon the foundation. Her sculptures and installations are similarly independent, although she opts for a conceptual approach in creating them. More direct and personal are her drawings.


The project that she exhibited in the final round of the Chalupecký Award entitled Behind, between, over, under, in (the room), (2007) examined and crossed the border of personal space and the conventional movement within it. The artist closed herself for several days in her flat and, partially using actions of Jiří Kovanda-like simplicity, gradually gave it new functions and meanings.


Her recent works have focused on questions of obligations and punishment connected to childhood. Her series of objects Home Prison (2009) illustrate the feelings of (not only) pupils sitting at a desk full of texts and longingly looking out the window to where friends are... In an exhibition at Arge Kunst in Bolzano entitled Dictates (2009) she combined her hitherto "school” projects into one continuous exhibition. Koťátková creates art replete with energy, playfulness and ideas; she opens her world, offers it, but doesn’t force it.

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Markéta Kubačáková



2002-2007 Academy of Fine Arts Prague
2004 VŠUP Praha
2005 International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg
2005-2006 San Francisco Art Institute ( New Genres Department )
2007 Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Wien

2012 Artist residency, Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna, Austria
2009 S.Y.A. association, Budapest
2009 Artist in Residence, Museumsquartier, Quartier 21, Wien
2008 ISCP, Foundation for a civil society, NYC
2008 Artist residency, MuzeumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria
2008 Artist residency; S.Y.A. Association, Budapest

2012 Finalist, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco - 45th International Contemporary Art Prize, 2012-13
2012 Finalist, Future Generation Art Prize
2007 Jindrich Chalupecky Award
2007 Josef Hlavka Award


Solo exhibitions
MAO - Modern Art Oxford, curated by David Thorpe, Oxford, UK (forthcoming Nov. 2013)
Wroclow Museum of Contemporary Art, Wroclow, PL, (forthcoming Nov. 2013) Hanging Sleeves, Hiding Hands (with Jiří Kovanda), Krobath Gallery, Vienna, AU They Are Coming, Meyer-Riegger, Berlin, DE Theatre of Speaking Objects, Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE
Unlearning Instinct, RURART centre d'art contemporain, Rouilles, FR

Speech, Blansko City Gallery, Blansko, CZ
Internal Machine, Tongewolbe T25, Sammlung Wittman, Inglostadt, DE

Two Cases, Brno Gallery of Young Artists, Brno
Unsigned: Eva Koťátková and Gugging, Austrian Cultural Center, Prague Parallel Biography, Dům umění / House of Art, Česke Budějovice, CZ & Frieze – Frame with h u n t London, UK Work of Nature, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, PL Educational Model, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL

City of Old, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, DE Reading Room, Space for One Work, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ Controlled Memory Loss, h u n t k a s t n e r , Prague, CZ & Art Statements – Art 41 Basel, CH A House is Not A Home: an installation for viewing, reading, writing, drawing and sitting, Czech Center in New York, NYC, USA Rozhovor pres stenu / A Conversation Through the Wall, Galerie Kabinet, Zlin, CZ House Arrest, Conduits Gallery, Milano, IT

Dictate, Kunstlerhaus ARGE Kunst, Bolzano

I do it because they taught me to, Meyer Riegger gallery, Berlin
Gallery by night (with Beatrix Szorenyi), S.Y.A.association, Budapest
Social game, galerie G99, Brno
Walk to school, galerie Václava Spály, Praha
Stains, (with Jiri Kovanda), galerie Futura, Praha
Project Art Education, Karlin studios, Praha
Eva Kotatkova and Dafne Boggeri, (with Dafne Boggeri) Studio la Cittá, Verona

Part 2 (covering/disappearance), galerie Na bidylku, Brno
Part 1(cuting out, gluing on, drawing in), gallery Entrance, Prague

Prostreno, gallery Klamovka, Prague
Speak slower,please, gallery Preproduction, Berlin

If this procedure should fail, we shall try the other, (with Dominik Lang ), gallery Alcatraz, Hallein School,
-"- gallery Na bidylku, Brno

Jelenovi pivo neleJ (with Silvina Arismendi ), gallery Jelení, Center for contemporary art, Praha
Snez me, gallery Na bidylku, Brno
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Catherine de Zegher, Manege exhibition hall, Moscow
(forthcoming, Sept. 2013) 7 Ways to Overcome the Closed Circuit, curated by Stefanie Bottcher and Una Popovic, Kunstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, DE & the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, RS (forthcoming Sep. 2013) School Notes, curated by Vendula Fremlová, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, CZ Salon der Angst, curated by Catherine Hug and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier and Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna, AU Of Natural Materials | z nietrwałych materiałów, curated by Patrycja Ryłko, Gdansk City Gallery, Gdansk, PL The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT 2012 Future Generation Art Prize, curated by Bjorn Geldhof, Venice, IT Lapidarium, Bethlehem Chapel, Prague, CZ Antibody, Lise Cooley Gallery, NY, New York, USA From Now On All Things Will be Beautiful, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest, HU Structures for Reading, curated by Jessica Cochran, Columbia Collage, Chicago, IL, USA Systems and Accidents, curated by Lýdia Pribišová, bAd contemporary space, Pietrasanta, IT The Earth Turns and All Things Slip Away, curated by Edith Jeřabková & Jiří Kovanda, h u n t k a s t n e r , Prague, CZ

Eva Koťátková, Ozlem Altin, Esther Klaes, SVIT, Prague, CZ Diagrammatic Representations, Bielefelder Kunstverein, DE Systems and Accidents, curated by Lýdia Pribišová, Exelettrofonica, Rome, IT Open: Work from the Marek Contemporary Art Collection, curated by Marika Kupková and Ondřej Chrobák, Moravská Krumlov Chateau, Moravská Krumlov, CZ QUI VIVE?, III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, curated by Katrin Becker, Moscow, RU 18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations, curated by Catherine de Zegher & Gerald McMaster, Sydney, Australia The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlina Morganová, Pilsen Regional Museum, Pilsen Quarantania, curated by David Thorp, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985-2012, curated by Jiří Ševčík, Edith Jeřábková and Jana Ševčíková, National Gallery in Prague at the Veletřžní Palace, Prague Schloss Dyck 2012, Sammlung Rheingold, curated by Gregor Jansen, Dusseldorf, DE Air de Lyon, curated by Victoria Noorthoorn, Fundacion PROA, Buenos Aires, AR There Is Nothing There, curated by Niels Van Tomme, Czech Center, NYC, NY, USA

Expanded Territory, curated by Zdeněk Felix, KAI10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, DE A Terrible Beauty is Born, curated by Victoria Noorthoorn, 11th Biennale de Lyon, FR Lost Stories, curated by Barnabas Benscik, Sokol Gallery for Contemporary Art, Nowy Sacz, PL 10X10: Koťátková, Mančuška, Prinz Gholam, curated by Karel Císář, European Cultural Congress, Wroclaw, PL Lost Stories, curated by Barnabas Benscik, Sokol Gallery for Contemporary Art, Nowy Sacz, PL Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis, Hommage a Ján Mančuška, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, FR Sense and Sensibility, curated by Hemma Schmutz, Salzburger Kunsterverein, Salzburg, AU Sculpture in the Street II, curated by Karel Císář, DUMB: Brno House of Arts, public spaces in Brno CZ Art in General: To Perceive in the Darkness of the Present, curated by Viera Borožon and Mariana Serranová, PRAGUEBIENNALE 5, Prague, CZ Farewell to Longing, curated by Claudia Marion Stemberger, Kunstraum Niederosterreich, Vienna, AU Instituceum, Modern Institutions and Contemporary Art, Bohunice Psychiatric Hospital, Bohunice-Prague, CZ SKUTR III, Biennale of Young Artists, curated by Vladimír Beskid, Kopplova Vila GJK, Trnava, SK & Eastern Slovak Regional Gallery, Košice, SK Home Edition, curated by Gabriela Kišová and Ivana Komanická, Eastern Slovak Regional Gallery, Košice, SK & Central Slovak Regional Gallery, Banska Bystricka, SK Casual – Formal – Playful / Tomáš Vaněk - Jan Šerých – Eva Koťátková, curated by hunt kastner, Czech Center New York, N.Y.C., USA NY/Prague 6, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Czech Center New York, N.Y.C., USA Starke Emergenz, curated by Veit Loers, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AU

School days, curated by Matt Packer, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland 20 Years of Jindřich Chalupecky Award Winners, DOX, Prague, CZ And Don't Forget the Flowers, curated by Yvonna Ferencová, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL, International 10: Touched, curated by Peter Gorschluter, Tate Liverpool, UK Ears Like Loops, curated by Edita Jeřabková, ZONA sztuki aktualnej, Lodz, PL Where Do We Go From Here?, Secession, Vienna, AU Unheimlich, Galerie Cypriana Majernika, Zichy Palace, Bratislava, SK City Dreamers, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústi nad Labem, CZ Forms of Transformation – Identity, MUSA Museum auf Abruf, Wien, AU Caine and Abel, Kunsterhaus Sootboern, Hamburg, DE

Something of myself, Hunt Kastner gallery, Praha
New millenium, minor sensations, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, South Korea
Theoretical practice, ISCP, New York
Simple actions without a clear end, Artra gallery, Milan
Prague Bienale 4, Karlin hall, Praha

Czech sources, Prague House, Brussels
Spiknuti, galerie Emila Fily, Usti nad Labem
A portrait by Katie Jane-Who are our neighbours, Hotel Mariakapel, Hoorn Vl.Biennial of young artists, GHMP-Zvon, Praha
The Mechanics of the Canvas, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
163m2, galerie Sternberk, Sternberk
Kdyz jsem byl malej, hrál jsem si s holkama, galerie U bílého jednorozce, Klatovy
Zerotrack, Boltensterno, galerie Mayer Kainer, Víden

Finále Ceny J.Chalupeckého, galerie Jelení, Praha
Hruby domácí produkt 2, gallery Mars, Moskva
Hygiena nizsi strední trídy, galerie Puda, Jihlava
The Collective body, galerie Califia, Horazdovice
Simple Living, Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal Museum, Ro
The Collectors: Live Re-Edit, Dum Panu z Kunstatu, Brno
Forma následuje…risk, galerie Futura, Praha and Slovac National gallery, Bratislava
PragueBiennale 3, Glocal Outsiders, Karlin Hall, Praha
Invisible things, Trafo gallery, Budapest
Hruby domácí produkt, GHMP, Mestská knihovna, Praha
Essl Award 2007, Moderní galerie AVU, Praha a Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
Na názvu jsme se neshodli, galerie NOD, Praha

Ucel, galerie AVU, Praha
Indikace, 4+3+3 dny v pohybu, Praha
Marsovo pole, gallery Mars, Moskva
Vecné stavy, galerie Karlinstudios, Praha
Funciones del Cuerpo(Body Functions), 9th Havana Biennial, Cuba

Hill 88 Project, Marin Headlands, San Francisco, CA
V.Bienále mladych, GHMP-Zvon, Praha


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