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Irena Jůzová

First Name
Birth place
Hradec Králové
Place of work
v Praze a v Benátkách nad Jizerou
graphic art
installation art
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About artist

Irena Jůzová started off studying drawing and graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU). In 1990, she joined the Aleš Veselý studio and her painting took a new direction influenced by the new freedom she was experiencing at art school and in society at large. She cast aside traditional resources and began to experiment. This resulted in Observation Tower (1990), in which the artist used light paper for the creation of model aeroplanes and rubbed offset transparent paint into it. In the same year she moved in the direction of the object, for instance in Aeroplane, in which she combined the same paper and wooden board.


A host of objects were to follow in which Jůzová began using other media and electronic components. This phase would include the works Kabina with Camera (1992) or Places I (1992-93). An element of interaction enters her output, in which the view enters into the artwork and has their photo taken, which is then projected on monitors.


Work with space also began to take on a special significance in Jůzová’s work. She created installations, for instance Strange Games at her second solo Prague exhibition at the Špála Gallery 1995. Though the exhibition comprised individual works, their installation was a well thought out spatial composition. This tendency grows and culminates in the exhibition 16599 at the Klatovy Klenová Gallery at the Klenová Chateau in 2011.


Irena Jůzová’s greatest success to date was the installation The Series Collection at the Czech-Slovak pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007. The work represented a personal confession regarding the excruciating hesitation of a person who is exposing their innermost being to the market. It was also an answer to a hyper-consumer world from which it is not possible to escape. Jůzová used castings of her own body, which became part of an extensive, sophisticated installation. The gallery space was transferred into a luxury boutique where the artist offered her goods, rubber parts of her own body, in boxes and illuminated display cases. The idea of exhibiting castings of oneself is not new in modern art. However, in this case the context in which Jůzová shows them is fundamental.


Jůzová uses castings of the body in other works. Yellow Room (2010) comprises a transparent glass show case into whose core the artist places prints of her hands in dust. Similar features are shared by the work We Love You More Than Gems, We Love You Above Gold (2010), created at a symposium in Mikulov, at which the artist asked participants to print part of their body in abrasive dust. She fixed the prints to boxes and exhibited them with the inscription Make the Most of Your Time. This slogan lent the entire exhibition a new dimension, as well as indicating other preoccupations of the artist: time as a quantity which is ever-present and which nobody can escape from. The slogan is a kind of memento mori, which reminds us of the transience of things. Each print disintegrates some day, just as the human body, and each cliff crumbles some day, though this process might last hundreds of millions of years.


In 2009 Jůzová became acquainted with the technology of nanofibre production. Nanofibre is thousands of times thinner than a human hair and invisible by the naked eye. The artist studied the technology at the Liberec Technical University, and in collaboration with the laboratories of the Faculty of Non-Woven Textiles the object Around Us Inside Us (2009) was created produced from nanofibres. It links up to the artist’s older work (the object with cells entitled Around Us, 1991) and evokes thoughts of invisible and unexplored worlds. “Nanofibre is one of these many worlds and we are beginning to touch it...,” says Jůzová.


At first sight Irena Jůzová’s work seems very delicate, unobtrusive and unspectacular. Colour, if present, is pale and the shapes do not shock. The significance of her work is often blurred, to the point of being confusing, as though the artist wanted to conceal her world. She leaves the viewer find their own meanings, which are never unambiguous but ambivalent and variable, like life itself. Her objects and installations conceal a certain secret within. This is brought alive by the artist’s considerations regarding the relativity of understanding the finality of time, the inability or impossibility of interpreting what is happening around us, her fascination with inexplicable, irrational phenomena, and yet her rejection of the dictates of fate and the futility of effort. This philosophical subtext to Irena Jůzová’s oeuvre opens the doors to other dimensions which cannot be expressed by reason or the senses, and which we can only intuit.

Author of the annotation
Ivona Raimanová


2008 habilitation, Academy of Fine Arts, intermedia - awarded the Associated Professor decree
1989-1994 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague,
1989-1990 graphic art studio- prof. Ladislav Čepelák
1990-1994 school of multimedia - prof. Aleš Veselý
1987-1989 Aacdemy of Arts, Architecture and Design, book culture and script department, prof. Jan Solpera
1980-1984 Secondary art School Brno

1993-94 Department Award, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague
1992 Germinations 7, European Bienial of Young Artists, Grenoble, France
1989- 90 Department Award, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague

2011 Consonance, international symposium, Galerie Klatovy / Klenová, Galerie 2011 Sýpka, Janovice nad Úhlavou, 27/6/11 – 8/7/11
2010 Workshop 10 / XVII MIKULOV, Art symposium, Mikulov, 17/7/10 – 14/8/10
2009 Workshop Albertovec, Hřebčín Albertovec s.r.o., Albertovec 297, Štěpánkovice 11/5/09 –17/5/09
2008 Krajina ústeckého kraje, symposium, Smolnice u Loun, 6/9/08 –14/9/08
2007 Jantarová cesta VI, symposium, Hradec nad Moravicí, 20/9/07 -- 27/9/07
2006 Socrates/ Erasmus, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten van Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgie
2005 Socrates/ Erasmus, Kunglia Konsthogskolan, Stockholm, Švédsko
2003 Socrates/ Erasmus, Kuvataide Akatemia Helsinky, Helsinky, Finsko
2002 Socrates/ Erasmus, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano, Milano, Itálie
2001 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Francie
1998 Sculpture Space INC., Utica, NY, USA
1997 ArtsLink Conference, 3/10/97 – 5/10/97, Budapest, Maďarsko
1997 WRO- 97 Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Polsko
1997 Küpferdrück - Peter Kneubühler hlubotisková dílna, Zurich, Švýcarsko
1995 ArtsLink Residencies- Museum of Art Long Beach (LBMA Video Annex), CA,USA
1993 Progetto Civitella d Agliano 93, Theme: The Future of Memory, Itálie with T.Hlavina and V.Skrepl
1993 4 Biennale European Academies of Visual Arts, Maastricht, Holandsko
1993 Dílna-Luciano Fabro
1992 Germinations 7, European Biennale of Young Artists, Grenoble, Francie
1992 Dílna v Grenoble
1992 Erbe und Zukunft 91
1992 Dílna v Ellwangenu, Německo
1990 Academy of Fine Arts- sochařský ateliér O.H.Hájka, Karlsruhe, Německo

Grants and Scholarships:
2011-13 ISWA (interdisciplinary international project interconnecting art, science and tchnologies, Czech Republic)
2009 Machinery Found, Czech Republic
2008 Machinery Found, Czech Republic
2007 Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic
2007 Ministry of Culture, Slovak Republic
2007 Czech Embassy, Rome, Italy
2007 Slovak Embassy, Rome, Italy
2007 Czech Center, Rome, Italy
2007 Slovak Institute, Rome, Italy
2007 Jana & Milan Jelinek Stiftung, Switzerland
2006 Jana & Milan Jelinek Stiftung, Switzerland
2001 Verein Schweizerisch-Tschechischer Kunstfonds, Zurich, Switzerland
1998 The Trust for Mutual Understanding Foundation, N.Y., USA
1998 Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague
1997 Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague
1997 Ministry of Culture, Poland, Wroclaw
1997 Verein Schweizerisch-Tschechischer Kunstfonds, Switzerland
1995 ArtsLink Residencies N.Y., US
1995 Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague
1995 Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic
1995 Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague
1995 Verein Schweizerisch-Tschechischer Kunstfonds, Switzerland
1993 Stipendium Verein Schweizerisch-Tschechischer Kunstfonds, Switzerland
1993 The Commission of the European Community, Maastricht, Holland
1993 Jana & Milan Stiftung, Switzerland
1992 European Biennial of Young Artists, Brussels, Belgium
1992 Stipendium Der Adalbert Stifter Verein und Kunstlergilde/Landesverband´Bayern, Germany
1991 The Daimler-Benz Foundation, Germany


Solo exhibitions
16599, Galerie Klatovy / Klenová, zámek Klenová, Janovice nad Úhlavou 5/6/11 – 31/7/11

2010 -11
Galerie moderního umění v Hradci Králové, Velké náměstí 139/140, Hradec Králové 26/11/10 – 13/2/2011
NANOOBJEKT Fakulta chemicko-technologická, Univerzity Pardubice, Studentská 95, 532 10 Pardubice 28/5/10 –31/7/11

ŽLUTÝ POKOJ, Městský palác Templ, Mladá Boleslav 15/1/10 –15/2/10

NAJDI SEDM PODOBNOSTÍ, Langův Dům, Hluboká 66, Frýdek Místek 19/12/09 – 5/3/10

RENT GEN, Galerie XXL, Říční 756, Louny 26/10/09 –1/12/09
KOLEM NÁS V NÁS, Městská galerie Hradec nad Moravicí, Zámecká 313, Hradec nad Moravicí 2/10/09 –15/11/09
KŮŽE, Galerie V Kapli, Jesenická 43, Bruntál 10/6/09 – 18/10/09

S.Y.T. – projekce, Dům umění v Opavě – oratoř , Opava
V rámci výstavního projektu Tři ženy ( Darina Alster, Mariana Alasseur ) 28/11/08 – 28/12/08
S.Y.T. – kresby, Galerie Mázhaus, Pardubice 4/3/08 – 27/7/08
IRENA JŮZOVÁ – Ozvěny bienále v Benátkách, České centrum, Bratislava, Slovensko 20/3/08 – 13/4/08

2007 - 08
OZVĚNY BENÁTSKÉHO BIENÁLE, Respirium v 5.patře, Veletržní palác, Národní galerie v Praze 12/12/07 – 02/03/08

KOLEKCE - SÉRIE, 52nd International Art Exhibition – La Bienale di Venezia
52. bienále současného umění, Venezia, Italy
Pavilon České a Slovenské republiky v areálu Giardini di Biennale 10/6/07 – 21/11/07

METROPOLITAN REALITY, Wortnerův dům AJG, České Budějovice / společně s Štěpánkou Šimlovou / 28/10/05 – 4/12/05
KRESBY, Galerie Kabinet, Brno 23/2/05 - 6/4/05

FIND YOUR STYLE…, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc 3/2/04–27/2/04

METROPOLITAN MYSTIFY, Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy / společně s Štěpánkou Šimlovou / 13/06/03 – 03/08/03

VYSÍLAČ, Galerie moderního umění, Hradec Králové 14/9/00-5/11/00

ZOLLO, Galerie mladých U dobrého pastýře, Brno 18/12/97-23/1/98

PODIVNÉ HRY, Galerie Václava Špály, Praha 21/4/95-21/5/95

ÚŽINA SKYLLY, Galerie AVU, Praha / společně s Vojtěchem Míčou / 2/3/95-17/3/95
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
NANOPOLIS - Nová scéna ND, Národní 1393/4, 11000 Praha 1/11/11 - 31/12/2011
SOUZNĚNÍ – CONSONANCE, Galerie Klatovy / Klenová, Galerie Sýpka, Janovice nad Úhlavou 10/7/11 -31/8/11
dílna MIKULOV ART SYMPOSIUM, křest katalogu, zámek Mikulov, Mikulov 12/3/11


"ESPRIT VAKUUM" Mikulov Art Symposium "dílna" 10 / XVII 15/8/2010 – 31/10/2010, zámek Mikulov, Mikulov
90 & 60 LET PARDUBICKÉ CHEMIE, Fakulta chemicko-technologická,Univerzity Pardubice, Studentská 95, 532 10 Pardubice, Česká republika

Co nového ve sbírkách? Přírůstky z let 2004 - 2008, Galerie moderního umění v Hradci Králové Velké náměstí 139/140, Hradec Králové 27/11/09–14/2/10
INDUSTRIÁLNÍ STOPY V PLZNI / 5. mezinárodní bienále industriální stopy

Avalon Business Center, Poděbradova 1, Plzeň 1/10/09 –10/1/10
ECHO SYMPOSIA, Galerie Albertovec, Albertovec 297, Štěpánkovice okr.Opava
7/6/09 – 12/7/09
DOXNANO, DOX - Centrum současného umění , Osadní 34, Praha
5/6/09 – 31/8/09
METRONANO, Metro linka A - Dejvická - DEPO Hostivař, Praha

Autoportrét v českém umění 20. a 21. Století – výběr, Galerie moderního umění, Hradec Králové 4/12/08 - 8/3/09
3. ročník symposia krajina ústeckého kraje, Galerie XXL, Louny 1/12/08 - 20/12/08

Autoportrét v českém umění 20. a 21. století, Alšova jihočeská galerie v Hluboké nad Vltavou 29/6/08 - 2/11/2008

Pardubická industria CHE-MI-E, Mezinárodní výtvarný festival, Pardubice 25/9/07 - 30/10/07
52.La Bienale di Venezia Venezia, Italy, Pavilon České a Slovenské republiky v areálu Giardini di Biennale 10/6/07 – 21/11/07

BILANCE škola Aleše Veselého,1990-2006, AVU Praha
Dům umění, Opava 28/11/06 – 30/12/06
BLACK 06, Galerie Mázhaus, Pardubice 14/9/06 – 30/10/06

BEAUTY FREE SHOP, Praha 1/12/05 – 31/12/05
PRO ŠTĚSTÍ, Moravská galerie, Brno 21/1/05 – 27/2/05

Wortnerův dům AJG, České Budějovice 23/4/04-30/5/04
IMAGE TO PRINT, Muzeum ksiazat czatoryskich Krakov, Sala Arzenalu, Polsko
1/3/04 – 31/5/04
IMAGE TO PRINT,Slovenská národní galéria v Bratislavě, Slovensko

IMAGE TO PRINT, Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze 6/11/03-7/12/03

Galeria 2, Posavski Muzej, Brežice, Slovinsko

Ready to...CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT, NoD, Praha 5/10/01-24/10/01
LÖWITŮV MLÝN, Palmovka, Praha 20/9/01 - 9/10/01
MACHŮV ŠACHOVÝ KROUŽEK ANEB KNÍŽÁK VYSTAVUJE TAKY, Dejvická galerie Vincence Kramáře, Praha 5/7/01 - 27/7/01

NEPLÁNOVANÉ SPOJENÍ, Mánes, Praha 19/2/99-12/3/99
O LÁSCE, Richterova vila, Prague 3/6/99- 27/6/99

SCULPTURE SPACE INC.,Utica, NY, USA 25/4/98 – 30/4/98

WRO 97 Media Art Biennale, Galeria BWA - Awangarda, Wroclaw, Polsko 30/4/97 – 4/05/97
YOUNG CZECH ART, Power station of Tatranská galerie, Poprad, Slovensko 13/06/97- 30/8/97
ZVON 96 (selection), Synagogue, centrum pro současné umění, Trnava, Slovensko 8/4/97 – 9/5/97

BIENÁLE MLADÝCH II., ZVON 96, Dům U kamenného zvonu, Praha 17/12/96-15/3/97
INTERIOR vs EXTERIOR: ON THE BORDER OF(POSSIBLE) WORLDS Cosmos Factory, Bratislava, Slovensko 28/9/96-15/10/96
SVÁROV KONFRONTACE 96, Svárov, Česká Republika 10/5/96-12/5/96

MAIKÄFER FLIEG, Höchbunker, Köln - Ehrenfeld, Německo 22 umělců z Německa,České Republiky a Velké Británie 8/11/95-26/11/95

DIPLOMANTI - AVU, Novoměstská radnice, Praha 24/6/1994-31/7/94
ŽENSKÉ DOMOVY, Štencův dům, Praha, 11 women artists from Czech Republic, Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, Švédsko 3/3/94-24/3/94
OBECNÍ DŮM, Galerie Obecní dům, Praha společně s T.Hlavina, M.Janíček, E.Řádová, Š.Šimlová, F.Turek, I.Vosecký, T.Weis 11/2/94 – 3/3/94

AVU-Dům U Hybernů, Praha
G-SELECTION, Dom Umenia, Bratislava, Slovensko
BUDAPEST GALERIA, Budapest, Maďarsko

GERMINATIONS 7, European Biennale of Young Artists, Grenoble, Francie
National Centrum for Contemporary Art – MAGASIN 20/12/92-24/1/93
ŽENSKÉ DOMOVY, PKC, Praha společně s V.Bromová, M.Othová, E.Řádová, Š.Šimlová, K.Vincourová, T.Weis 25/6/92-17/7/92
KONTAKTE-KONTAKTY 92, Gallery of Eastgermany Museum, Regensburg, Německo, společně s F.Turek, V.Míča

SCHOLARS KARLSRUHE - Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Německo
SETKÁNÍ, Černinský palác, Praha, společně s P.Svárovský, P.Zubek, V.Míča
ERBE UND ZUKUNFT, Sculpture Symposium, Ellwangen, Německo, Ateliér Aleše Veselého společně s ateliérem O.H.Hajek 26/7/91-11/8/91

ART HAMBURG, Hamburg, Německo 6/12/90-11/12/90
BLATINY KULTURNÍ CENTRUM, Praha, ateliér Aleše Veselého – společně s P.Humhal, I.Ivanov, P.Zubek

AVU, VŠUP, Výstaviště J. Fučík, Praha
Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague
Museum of Applied Art, Prague
Gallery of Modern Art, Hradec Králové
Gallery Klatovy Klenová
Alšova jihočeská galerie Hluboká nad Vltavou
Collection of Contemporary Art, the city of Mikulov
Collection of Contemporary Art, the city of Hradec nad Moravicí
Galerie Caesar, Olomouc
Jana & Milan Jelinek Stiftung, Switzerland
SONS, Shoes Or No Shoes?, Belgium
private collection in the Czech Republic and abroad
Other realisations


stála u zrodu legendárních Ženských domovů spolu se Štěpánkou Šimlovou, Veronikou Bromovou, Kateřinou Vincourovou, Markétou Othovou a Elen Řádovou



Irena Jůzová, Máme je raději než drahokamy, jsou nám milejší nad zlato. Katalog výstavy. Galerie moderního umění v Hradci králové, 2011.

Irena Jůzová, 16599. Katalog výstavy. Galerie Klatovy/Klenová, 2011.


Knížák, M.: Sekundární autenticita Ireny Jůzové, A2 kulturní týdeník 7/2008, s. 8


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