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Kateřina Vincourová

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About artist

She focuses on sculpture in her works. She views this as an area for exploring primary questions of the interior and exterior, permanence and impermanence. The artist uses possibilities afforded by time and motion. The results of her work represent more or less temporary installations, whose existence often depends on the given place and viewer participation. A number of Vincourová’s works represent interiors within an interior (galleries), or an image within an image. These interiors are sometimes inhabitableor at least show metaphorical signs of inhabitability („Call ...“, Bags/Tašky). Most often they involve models of consumer culture objects (mobile or cell phones, etc.). The artist comments on the fact that people live inside things, more exactly inside goods. So we are not speaking here of phenomenally-acquired/held things. On the contrary, the object of consumption owns its user to a certain degree. The object creates a battleground, an observation space and a jail cell. Consumers shut themselves into daily rituals, whose repetition and supply melds into a compact, grey space („Neděle/Sunday“). These consumable stashes bring to mind space modules with limited room for life. They are metaphors of expansion and closure. Vincourová’s objects are filled with air (inflated) – with the help of ventilators, which represents their construction material. The external skin (layer) is a space for promoting (drawing attention to) a specific design: logos. This type of fluid architecture has, as a consequence, an elementary softness of its objects. This allows for their simple shifting and transformation. This softness does not however mean loss of form. Rather with its help she emphasises the visual quality of the surface, its symbolic role. Classical statuary art focused on the inside structure and the fixed volume, underscoring its desire for eternalness and timelessness. Even consumer objects demand a certain immortality, of course, in the rhythm of an eternal return and unending variability. The consumption time is a cyclical time, a time of ritualised events. Vincourová’s objects react to this artificial idyll, which has radically transformed the shape of privacy. Privacy has become a commodity, whose concrete form one can select from a catalogue. The public space (above all commercial space) becomes a „soft“ environment, calling to mind the interior of a child’s room. Vincourová is fully aware of this aspect of consumption culture and works to create its ambiguous model.

Author of the annotation
Václav Hájek


1988-1994 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
1986-1988 Academy of Fina Arts, Moscow

1999 – 2000       Berlin DAAD
1998      Headlands Centre For Art, California

1997      Jindřich Chalupecký Award, Prague
1993      Alexander Dorner Prize, Hannover

Selected public collections:
Prague City Gallery
Collection of Contemporary Arts, The National Gallery in Prague
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Selected private collections:
Fait Gallery, Brno
Helga de Alvear Collection, Madrid
Distrito Cuatro Collection, Madrid


Solo exhibitions
"Kdykoliv si řekneš.", Fait Gallery, Brno

Listening Eyes (s Miroslavem Srnkou), Plato, Ostrava
CUBE X CUBE Gallery, Liberec

Zpaměti, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague

Listening Eyes (s Miroslavem Srnkou), Galerie Kaple, Valašské Meziříčí
Forgotten in the memory, Fait Gallery, Brno

Jiri Svestka Gallery, Praha

Inside Out, Galerie Die Aktualität des schönen..., Liberec

Noví hrdinové, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

Hobbyraum, Galerie DAAD, Berlin

Galerie hlavního města Prahy

Galerie Météo, Paříž

Galerie Nová síň, Praha

Galerie Behémót, Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Independent Research of Subjectivity, Exhibition for Municipal buildings, Festival 4+4 days in motion, Prague
Spaces of Desire: Is Architecture Sexy?, Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague
Bittersweet Transformation: Alina Szapocznikow, Kateřina Vincourová and Camille Henrot, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz

The Fragments of Sets/ Selection From the Fait Gallery Collection, Fait Gallery, Brno

In a Skirt - Sometimes, Moravian Gallery in Brno – Prague City Gallery

Absurdity? Groteque? Irony?, NoD Roxy, Prague
New Heroes, Vladimir Preclik Museum, Bechyne

Behind the Velvet Curtain: Contemporary Art from the Czech Republic, Katzen Ars Center, Washington
Formats of Transformation 89-09 - Seven views on the New Czech and Slovak Identity, The Brno House of Arts
Formats of Transformation 89-09 - Seven views on the New Czech and Slovak Identity, MUSA, Vienna
Helga de Alveer and Harald Falckenberg in Dialog, Sammlug Falckenberg Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg

Central Europa Revisited II, Schloss Esterhazy, Eisenstadt
Micro Narratives, Museé d`Art Saint Etienne, Francie

Going Staying, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Micro Narratives, 48th October Salon, Belgrade

Shadows of Humor, Galerie Bielska BWA, Bielsko Biala, Poland
Praagse Tuin – beelden uit Praag, Gouverneurstein van Assen, Holland
Giardino – Places for Small Stories, PAN, Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Naples

Trouble with Fantasy, Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Nurnberg
Prague Biennale 2: Expanded Painting, International Contemporary Art, Karlin Hall, Prague
Domicile, Musée d´Art Moderne de Saint Etienne

ARTSEASONS 2004, Mallorca
Breakthrough, The Hague
GIANTS - European Conversation Pieces, The Hague Sculpture,
The Hague
The New Ten - Kunst aus den neuen EU-Ländern, Museum Küppersmühle Duisburg, Künstlerhaus Wien, Kunsthalle Mannheim

Art Unlimited, Kunstmesse Basel, Basel

New Connection, Národní galerie, Praha

Konec světa?, Národní galerie, Praha

Close Echoes, Galerie hlavního města Prahy

Home Sweet Home, Diecgtorhallen, Hamburg

Respekt, Richterova vila, Praha

Ženské domovy, Štencův dům, Praha
Veřejné sbírky:
Prague City Gallery
Collection of Contemporary Arts, The National Gallery in Prague
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Privátní sbírky:
Fait Gallery, Brno
Helga de Alvear Collection, Madrid
Distrito Cuatro Collection, Madrid



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