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Pavel Humhal

First Name
Pavel
Surname
Humhal
Born
1965
Birth place
Prague
Place of work
Prague
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Keywords
action art
installation art
object
performance
photography
sculpture
video
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About artist

Mr. Humhal’s creations include a broad range of activities: painting, sculpture, objects, installations, video, photo manipulations, events, etc. The author maintains however a certain distance from the works he creates. He does not engage in them as a protagonist. A presentation featuring certain elements of his own body is an exception (blood, urine, sperm, and saliva in the installation Public Intimacy / Veřejná intimita, 1990, or the photographic series, My Body’s Shadows, 1994). Humhal puts himself in the position of a scientist, researcher, and organiser. He examines sociological research (How would you describe yourself? Jak byste popsali sami sebe?, 1998 or 99 answers the question: How long do you think you will live? Kolika let si myslíte, že se dožijete?, 1999).

 

He presents his research findings visually and recycles them in installations (Has anything at all changed? / Změnilo se vůbec něco? (I asked and I paid / Zeptal jsem se, zaplatil jsem), 1997-98). This activity partially ties into conceptual art, but it concretises and humanises its themes. He no longer researches artistic tools and the conditions themselves, but rather mainly the social and cultural situation. After 1989 Humhal mainly created installations and objects, in which he explored both his own personal situation as well as the social framework of a given area. Toward the end of the 1990s he expanded his repertoire to include video, which he used to record the course of social interactions incited by the artist (Lida and Vendy, 1999). In recent times, with an about-face, he returned to his original sculptural training and created monumental plastic works – objects, through which he expressed his experience restoring Baroque art (Jettator, 2004 and Benefit, 2004).

 

The author’s earlier installations from the beginning of the 1990s gave off a sterile and rational impression. They use technical materials, geometric shapes, and reduced colourfulness. Here Humhal often reflects on hospital space and the issues of illness, birth and death (Positive – negative / Pozitivní – negativní, 1991). Existential topics in this case lack sentiment and expression. They gain the aesthetic of medications and research objects. Even the artist’s sociological research is presented with a certain distance (aloofness), because of its intimate and personal story. In the series, How would you describe yourself? / Jak byste popsali sami sebe? (1998), the author makes use of statements from a range of „test“ persons discussing themselves. It draws attention not only to the relationship between the public and private spheres, but also to stereotypes and self-stylising. In cases where the artist acts as initiator of not-so-everyday social interactions, the protagonists change through their stories their identity to a certain degree and test new social roles (Clothes do not make the man / Šaty nedělají člověka, 2002). Humhal also explores the question of materials, material events, and the metamorphosis of visual expression based on the structural change of materials (Injecta, 2002 or Sugar / Cukr, 2004).

 

Author of the annotation
Václav Hájek

Published
2004

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Studies:
1984-1991 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague,
studio of painting and monumental art
1979-1983 Secondary school of applied arts, Prague, stage design

Grants and stipends:
1997 grant Sorosova centra současného umění
1992 Progetto ´92, Civitella d'Agliano, Itálie
1992 Polytechnic University, Nottingham, Anglie
1991 Galerie 68 elf, Koln, Německo
1990 International Sommerakademie, Salzburg, Rakousko
1989 Academy de Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, Francie
1987 Moskva
Member of art groups included in ARTLIST.
Pondělí

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2004
Benefit, Galerie NOD, Praha

2002
Kuchařka, Galerie Šternberk

2001
Zpovědnice, Galerie G 99, Brno

1995
Svět je lichý, Galerie MXM, Praha

1994
The Leo Model Exh. Hall, Jerusalem, Izrael / s M. Dopitovou /

1992
Galerie MXM, Praha / s R. Buxbaumem /

1990
Galerie Pod podloubím, Olomouc
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2012
Ostrovy odporu: Mezi první a druhou moderností 1985 -2012, Veletržní palác, Praha

2011
Instituceum: Moderní instituce a současné umění, Prádelna Bohnice, Praha

2009-2010
Formáty transformace 89 - 09, Dům umění města Brna, Brno

2009
Po sametu / After Velvet. Současné české umění s přesahy do minulosti / Contemporary Czech Art with Past Connotations, Dům U Zlatého prstenu, Praha
Open Studios ´09

2008
HUMHAL & TALICHOVÁ PRESENT, Karlin Studios, Praha

2005
Karlín studios, Praha
Prague Biennale 2, Praha
Display
1811197604122005, galeria plan B, Rumunskoobraz12.html

2004
Škola monumentální tvorby, AJG, České Budějovice

2003
Ejhle světlo, Moravská galerie, Brno

2002
Pondělí: Plenér, Galerie Fiducia, Galerie 761, Městská galerie, Ostrava
Almere Intercultura, Nizozemí

2001
Objekt, Dům U Černé matky Boží, Praha
Pondělí: Velká přestávka, Galerie G 99, Brno

2000
Privart, flats in Prague
Konfrontace, The Czech Centre, London, Anglie
Melancholie, Moravská galerie, Brno

1999
CZ 99, Praha

1998
Současné umění, Galerie U zlatého prstenu, Praha

1997
Mrtvé duše, Nová síň, Praha
Europe Is Just A Word?, Pisa, Itálie
Geboren um 68, Tschechisches Zentrum, Berlin, Německo

1995
Zkušební provoz, Mánes, Praha

1994
Bienále Zvon 94, Praha

1993
Zweiter Ausgang, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Německo
To, co zbývá, Štencův dům, Praha

1992
Sirup, Munchen, Německo
Frontiera 1/92, Bolzano, Itálie

1991
Nová intimita, ÚLUV, Praha
Beitrag zum Gluck, Galerie der Kunstler, Munchen, Německo
Allert Art, Galerie 68 elf, Köln, Německo

1990
Medhermeneutika + Pondělí, Galerie U Řečických, Praha

1986 -87
Konfrontace IV, VI, Praha

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