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Igor Korpaczewski

First Name
Igor
Surname
Korpaczewski
Born
1959
Birth place
Prague
Place of work
Prague
i-datum
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Keywords
drawing
installation art
painting
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About artist

The beginnings of Igor Korpaczewski’s works belong to the time, when the performances of the protagonists from the group, Tvrdohlavých / Hardheads, began. This is the banner generation of Czech post-modernism. The strategy for Korpaczewski’s works however differs to a degree from the dominant social reflection of post-modernists in the 1980s. This artist devotes his time rather to introspection, and this is done on the basis of images that do not directly address his own person. We do of course know of self-portraits from among KW’s works, but their main content presents figural representations of other persons. It is worth mentioning that the model is rarely concretised (these are not addressed portraits). His models may come from a circle of persons close to the artist. Nonetheless, the subsequent representation has more general features like those of allegory or personification. This approach concurs with certain post-modernist tendencies (as are mentioned by C. Owens). It is a reaction to the modernist dualist concept. Modernism moved between the poles (extremes) of cosmological symbols and individual expression. The post-modern reaction represents among other things a certain return to allegory as a sort of fabulatory strategy, where the importance of the issue of role, story, takes on greater importance. Korpaczewski’s figures are actors in roles that join both concrete and more general features. The storylines often come from the archives of timeless, existential intrigues (death, love) or from updated mythology (Young god / Mladý bůh). Korpaczewski focuses on the figure in its subjective „placement“. Most of the time these are individual, isolated figures. This strategy enhances the relationship between the viewer-artist and model: the relationship between Me and You (in the Lévinas sense). „You“ is here a mirror to the subject, its partner in a dialogue thanks to which the subject can recognise or constitute him-/herself at all. The painting itself also fulfils this role as the footprint of the individual. The viewer’s subject creates itself in relation to the painting with its concrete features of a living, vulnerable entity. This is not however traditional expansive expression (which tends rather to attack the viewer), but rather a certain self-enclosing, emphatic meeting event with compact individuality (the reduced colour of the image, its closed volume and limited space all add to this). The image-figure gives itself here to the viewer in its non-reduced presence, without any manipulation or suggestion for emotional reaction. The figure simply is.

Author of the annotation
Václav Hájek

CV

Studies:
1983-1989 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague

Stipends:
1988 Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien

Awards:
2008, 2009 finalist of Artist gets the prize, Czech republic

Employment / Activities:

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2011
Kim, Galerie SPZ, Praha
Othová - KW (+ Markétas Othová), DUMB, Brno

2010
KW Family, galerie KabinetT, Baťův komplex, Zlín
Q: hírouz (+ Robert Šalanda), NoD, Praha

2009
KW p-p-p-painting, Nová síň, Praha
KW obrazy, České centrum, Vídeň, AT

2008
KW Das Ufer, Galerie Dole, Ostrava
Q: WAKE UP!, Meetfactory, Praha
Q: Star Stop, Benzinka, Slaný

2007
KW, Club Portugues das Artes e Ideas, Lisabon, PT
Q: Sen Insomnie, 36, Olomouc

2006
Q: The String, galerie Art and Concept, Praha
KW Obrazy (+ Robert Šalanda), Galerie Brno, Brno

2005
Q: Diana, OukyDouky, Praha
Q: Diana, galerie AT HOME, synagoga Šamorín, Bratislava, SK
Q: Hold on, I'm coming, A.M.180, Praha

2003
KW Wild (+ Jiří David), CO 14, Praha
Q: Peace on Earth, galerie AT HOME, synagoga Šamorín, Bratislava, SK

2001
Bůh má oči všude, Galerie V. Špály, Praha

1996
Pouta lásky, Galerie JNJ, Praha

1993
KW, Galerie U Řečických, Praha

1992
Odrazy a stíny, Studio Rubín, Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2009
Osmdesátá (Česká malba 1984-1995), Wannieck Gallery, Brno
Vedro, Meetfactory, Praha
Prague Biennale, Karlin hall, Praha
Po sametu, GHMP – Dům U Zlatého prstenu, Praha
O barvě, Moravská galerie, Brno

2008
Transfer (malba z Akademie výtvarných umění Praha), whiteBOX gallery, Mnichov, DE
Současný český kubismus, GHMP – Staroměstská radnice, Praha

2007
Resetting, GHMP - Městská knihovna, Praha
projekt galerie Art and Concept, Praha

2006
Já, Futura, Praha
Wannieck Gallery (sbírka Richarda Adama), Brno

2003
Současný akvarel, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc
2+1, Ljublana, Slovinsko

2002
Keine Grenze, Mannheim, Německo

2000
Na volné téma, Galerie V. Špály, Praha

1998
Snížený rozpočet, Galerie Mánes, Praha

1995
Zkušební provoz, Galerie Mánes, Praha

1993
To, co zbývá, Štencův dům, Praha

1991
Artist House, Jeruzalém, Izrael

1988
Konfrontace, Svárov

Monography

Monography

INtroCITY/ Nukleární rodina (katalog), P. Vaňous, 2008

P. Vaňous, Resetting/ Jiné cesty k věcnosti/ Alternative Ways To Objektivity (katalog výstavy), GHMP - Městská knihovna, 21. 12. 2007 - 23. 3. 2008, nestr., Praha 2008

Articles

Vaňous Petr: KW/ Tělo a mysl, Revolver revue 70/ 2008, s. 18 - 30

Vaňous Petr: Malířská škola Jiřího Sopka, A2 kulturní týdeník 17/ 2006, s. 8

Vaňous Petr: Igor Korpaczewski / KW (rozhovor), Art&Antiques, květen 2005, s. 48 – 59

Vaňous Petr: Q: Diana, Ateliér 8/2005, s. 5

Vaňous Petr: Bůh má oči všude, Ateliér 11/2001, s. 5

Other critical texts

KW (Igor Korpaczewski) (1959), anketa Malující umělci, A2 kulturní týdeník 30/ 2007, s.11

Photo

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