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Ladislav Jezbera

First Name
Birth place
Hořice v Podkrkonoší
Place of work
Hřídelec u Lázní Bělohrad, Hradec Králové, Brno
installation art
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About artist

Ladislav Jezbera is one of the established artists of the middle generation as well as one of the most distinctive Czech artists on the field of non-figural sculpture and art installation. His direction and choice of medium through which he expresses himself was certainly influenced by the fact that he grew up in the area near the Krkonoše Mountains, which is an area with strong stone-cutting and sculpting tradition. His authentic creative work and thought manifested already during his studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology, where he studied in the Studio of Sculpture headed by Vladimír Preclík and primarily in the Studio of Jan Ambrůz whose sculpting work he is strongly influenced by and in many respects follows up on it. He develops Ambrůz’s way of coping with minimalism and reduction, which had already reached the point of null and needs to be grasped with new ways of production.

 The work of Jan Ambrůz but also that of Ladislav Jezbera is often mentioned in relation to the Italian movement of the 1960s Arte Povera with its conceptual relationship to natural and ordinary materials, chemical processes or mathematics and myth. Unlike Ambrůz’, however, Jezbera’s expression is less poetic and his relationship to architecture or landscape is rather critical and in some cases almost scientifically-analytical. What also makes Jezbera different is the origin and type of materials used that include, for example, crushed soap, motor oil, polystyrene foam, polythene or cleaning and other chemical and industrial materials and liquids. He uses them in his installations together with their characteristics, mutual reactions, chemical processes and changing consistence. When encountering his work it is not only our sight, but also our other senses such as smell and touch that are affected. He also uses classical sculpting and natural materials, but always in a way characteristic for his work. As an illustration we can mention his exhibition at the Gallery u Dobrého pastýře (by the Good Shepherd) in Brno, where he created a composition from minimalistic three dimensional objects from wood-chips routed according to actual bar codes from fruits and vegetables. Jitka Francová’s text to the exhibition stated: “Representation of fruit by barcodes in a traditional setting of a still-life ironically comments the “branding” thereof with this symbol as recorded products.” Next the viewers could also run into the installation consisting of a net with lemons hanging and drops of juice falling down on a marble desk with its cool grey surface being marked by the gradual falling of the drops and the light acid taking effect. This piece of work reveals another typical trait of Jezbera’s work, which is the combination of clean geometry and minimalistic vocabulary together with organic, changing elements and their mutual influence.

Another area that Jezbera utilizes and applies in his work is mathematics and geometry. For some time now, he has been working with the so-called Fibonacci Sequence – an infinite series of numbers where the first number is 0, second is 1 and every subsequent number is defined as the sum of the two previous numbers. The Golden Ratio, considered as the ideal proportional canon in European art, appears in nature in the form of this curve. Jezbera uses this sequence, for example, when creating objects the constitution of which is based on specific conditions of the exhibition space.  This was presented at the exhibition titled Černočerně (In Black and Black) at the Institution of Macromolecular Chemistry in Prague with the construction of the objects from polystyrene being done in relation to the width of the strips of the floor covering. In doing this, Jezbera updates set conventions and brings them into new contexts, using the already mentioned unusual materials, as well as precise dialogue between a specific space and its architecture. His style of work was also noticed by artist, curator and critic, Jiří Valoch, who expressed in one of his texts that Jezbera exceptionally interconnects previous aesthetics of the new convention with his own reflection, which makes him one our key artists “by perfectly connecting the order of geometry and its potential connotation and references.”

With his work Ladislav Jezbera develops and innovates post-minimalistic tendencies and brings in his specific style of work and reflection. He belongs among experimenters who are not afraid to sail into different areas and utilize their scientific findings in their art work. Mixing areas and subjects is characteristic for contemporary art, but hardly any artists are able work between art and science in such a way that the outcome doesn’t come across as somewhat superficial. Thanks to the honesty that Ladislav Jezbera approaches any area of interest and also thanks to the depth of his passion, he belongs among those who are able to do that.

Author of the annotation
Alžběta Cibulková



1998 - 2001
Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno, Studio statue - space - installation, Doc. Jan Ambrůz

1995 - 1998
Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno, Sculpture, Prof. Vladimir Pretzel

1991 - 1995
Secondary Technical School stonework and sculptures in Hořice v Podkrkonoší
Member of art groups included in ARTLIST.
Klub konkretistů


Solo exhibitions
In situ, Galerie Jiří Putna, Brno
Černočerně, Galerie Makráč, Makromolekulární ústav AV, Praha

Systém F, Galerie AMB, Sbor kněze Ambrože, Hradec Králové

Cargo, Galerie Die Aktualität des Schönen..., Liberec

Poučení z krizového vývoje, Galerie Cella, Opava

RUSTIC, Galerie u Dobreho Pastýře, Brno
Umění na Bítov, spolu s Tomášem Hlavenkou, Hrad Bítov

Ladislav Jezbera – Lubomír Typlt, Hrad Pecka

Pro Václava, Dům umění v Opavě

Zlatá žíla, Galerie Půda, Jihlava
Galerie Ars, spolu s Pavlem Hayekem, Brno

Předzjednaná harmonie, Dům umění , České Budějovice

INSERT, Výstavní síň U kostela, Bílina

ODEURS, Moravská galerie, Atrium Pražákova paláce, Brno
ODEUR, Městské muzeum a galerie, Výstavní síň Synagoga, Hranice
Prostorové realizace 2000-2001, G 99 Dům umění , Brno

téREM, Galerie výtvarného umění – Dům umění, Ostrava
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Cesty mohou být rozličné, Národní technická knihovna, Praha
Konkret-ism 1967/2015, Topičův salón, Praha
Overture I., Hauch gallery, Praha

Konkrétní podzim, Fresh gallery, Pardubice
VII. Nový Zlínský salon, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně, Zlín
Klub konkretistů a přátelé: 45. Let poté, Oblastní galerie Vysočiny, Jihlava

Velké ticho, Galerie moderního umění v Hradci Králové
Syntetické polymery v umění, Galerie Makráč, Makromolekulární ústav AV, Praha

Konkrétní podzim, Studijní a vědecká knihovna, Hradec Králové

Konkrétní podzim, Studijní a vědecká knihovna, Hradec Králové
Galerie hrad Pecka, Retrospektiva 1994-2011, Pecka
Klub konkrétistů, Galerie Půda, Vrchlabí

bienále ZPŘÍTOMĚNÍ 2010, Dolní Kounice

Brno Open Art, Brno
V. Nový Zlínský salon, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně, Zlín

IV. Zlínský salon mladých, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně, Zlín
PREMIO FONDAZIONE ARNALDO POMODORO. International Competition for Young Sculptors, Selected Works. Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milán - Itálie
Konfigurace, Galerie města Plzně, Plzeň

Sbírka Josefa Chloupka, Dům pánů z Kunštátu – Dům umění, Brno

Fakulta výtvarných umění 1993 – 2003, Špálova galerie, Praha

Nejmladší, Národní galerie v Praze, Veletržní palác, Praha
Retroperspektiva, Dům pánů z Kunštátu/ Dům umění města Brna, Brno
III. Zlínský salon mladých, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně, Zlín
Fakulta výtvarných umění 1993 – 2003, Dům umění, Brno

Klub konkrétistů - Brno, Muzeum města Brna, Hrad Špilberk, Brno

Sochařské projekty pro město Hodonín (současné umění ve veřejném prostoru), Okresní úřad Hodonín
Hřbitovní kvítí- Sochařský ateliér Doc.Jana Ambrůze, Křížová chodba Nové radnice, Brno

Studenti a pedagogové FaVU, Dům umění, Brno
Nové centrum – bakalářské a magisterské práce FaVU, Galerie Sýpka, Vlkov
Od soumraku do úsvitu, Moravská galerie, Atrium Pražákova paláce, Brno
Studentská pečeť, Baťova vila, Zlín

Istroart 98, 4. mezinárodní bienále vysokých uměleckých škol, Vysoká škola výtvarných umení , Bratislava

STATEK 01, Zámek a synagoga, Jičín

Sochařský ateliér FAVU, Galerie Aspekt, Brno
Fondanzione Arnaldo Pomodoro (Itálie), sbírka Jiřího Valocha v Národní galerii, sbírka Josefa Chloupka, další soukromé sbírky v ČR



Jiří Valoch, text k výstavě In Situ, Brno 2013.

Zbyňek Sedláček, text k výstavě Černočerně, Praha 2013 (http://www.imc.cas.cz/cz/umch/vyst_1302.htm.

Ludmila Fidlerová (ed.), Mimochodem: projekty, myšlenky a koncepty studentů a absolventů doktorského studijního programu na katedře výtvarné výchovy PdF MU a odborných hostů, Brno 2009.

Jitka Francová, text k výstavě Rustic, Brno 2007.

Ladislav Jezbera, text Jiří Valoch, katalog k výstavě v galerii Ars, Brno 2004.

Pavel Netopil, Ladislav Jezbera- Odeurs, text k výstavě, Brno 2001


NÁBĚLEK, Kamil. Ladislav Jezbera. Flash Art Czech and Slovak Edition, 2011, roč. 5, č. 21, s. 58.

ZÁLEŠÁK, Jan. Ladislav Jezbera. Flash Art Czech and Slovak Edition, 2007, roč. 2, č. 6, s. 61-61.


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