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Petr Nikl

First Name
Petr
Surname
Nikl
Born
1960
Birth place
Zlín
Place of work
Praze
Website
http://www.petrnikl.cz
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Keywords
drawing
graphic art
ilustrace
music performance
painting
performance
photography
sculpture
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About artist

Being a versatile artist, Petr Nikl renders his imaginative powers in the shape of painting, performance, singing, theatre, graphic art, and various kinds of combinations of traditional art media. His activities have also included being curator, theatre director and orchestra conductor.

 

Having entered the Czech scene as a painter, Petr Nikl presented his early paintings at student’s exhibitions called Konfrontace (Confrontation) taking place since 1984. His paintings of those days were suggestive of a memory of human tenderness protecting defenceless human and animal young ones. Even in his latter years, the spirit of human kindness and gentleness continued to be embraced in the paintings in their subject and form, too. Nikl’s paintings seem to be a kind of recorded mysteries of human life and behaviour, being experienced by the artist during his performances. Still they imply a challenge for painting techniques to render niceties of the visible world.

 

His parents’ and grandparents’ art activities influenced his childhood considerably, and that being so, his memory of childhood plays a dominant part in artists’s development. It is his creative approach to reality, personal freedom and his open mind for a wide range of possibilities that influence his productive art career. He exhibited his earliest puppets at the IVth Confrontation in Svárov, 1985 and at the same time presented them in his first public theater performance there. Nikl’s theater activities have been brought out ever since. Original carved marionettes have been substituted with findings of weird shapes and with sound and other effects produced, in alternative way, with various instruments. The project “Air Sightseeing Apparatus »Flip«” in Veletržní palác started his continuous theater production.

 

Running parallel to the theater and performance activities, Nikl also works in the field of staged photograph, with his own body playing various roles. Playing with fanciful disguises, he brings together personal identity trifling and art concern of an author of impressive sculpture and painting compositions.

 

Since the very beginning Nikl has been using sound in his performances. It is either sound of various weird apparatus or the artist’s own voice. His later performances are accompanied by singing. In 2006 Petr Nikl, together with music ensemble Lakomé Barky (Stingy Barkas), recorded double-album Přeslenec.

 

Being determined with his interest in mastering well-tried painting methods to a considerable extent, his refined style and painting composition parallel his graphic art. Using the mezzotint technique, Nikl creates sensitive abstracted organic shapes. His drawings come deeply natural with his graphic art.

 

He has been several times awarded for his illustrations; he has written and illustrated his Linguistic Tales, Fairy-tales Rybana and the Sea Soul and Rybitinka.

 

Social interest and search for the relevant up-to date meaning of contemporary art are attendant on Nikl’s art works. His playful nature relevantly brought him to human playfulness, this being a natural field for understanding between contemporary art and wide public. In 2000 he projected and produced a large group exhibition Hnízda her (Nest of Games) in Rudolfinum Gallery in Prague. The event attracted remarkable attention of the audience. Continuous with this conception, the project of Czech exposition in World exposition in Aichi in 2005 and the exhibition Orbis Pictus in Czech Center in Paris in 2006 were accomplished.

Author of the annotation
Ludvík Hlaváček

Published
2007

CV

Studies:
1981-1987 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
1976-1980 School of Applied Arts, Uherské Hradiště

Awards:
1995 Jindrich Chalupecký Awards
1994 Jindrich Chaalupecký Awards, honorable mention

Residencies:
2004 Ecole Supérieure des beaux arts, Marseille, Francie
2003 Mijkulovské výtvarné symposium
2001 Mikulovské výtvayrné symposium
1996 Headlands Center for the Arts, CA, USA
Member of art groups included in ARTLIST.
Tvrdohlaví

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2016
Pijavice, Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague
Brown pictures, Gallery 8, Prague
Pro mě na, Galerie Hollar, Prague

2015
Časosběry, Plzeň Gallery
Dialogue With My Mother, Trutnov Gallery

2014
The faces from New York, Fait Gallery, Brno
The Cockroaches, Pellé Gallery, Prague
Naprášené obrazy, Galerie 1. patro, Prague

2013
Dialogue With My Mother, Czech Center, Milano
The game of time, GhmP, Prague

2012
The faces from New York, Wortnerův dům, Alšova jihočeská galerie, České Budějovice
I am your hare, Wanieck Gallery. Brno

2011
Dialogue With My Mother, Czech Center, Paris

2010
Kresby z Nového světa, Galerie Havelka, Praha
Dialog s maminkou, Krajská galerie výtvarného umkění ve Zlíně
Dialog s maminkou, Letohrádek Hvězda, Praha

2009
Tváře, Galerie Via, Praha
Blázni, Galerie Mona Lisa, Olomouc

2008
Labyrinty, Galerie Moderna, Praha
Ulity, Centre Culturel Joël Le Theule, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Francie
Samovolné výhonky, Galerie Blansko

2007
Radost, Galerie České pojišťovny, Praha
Ulity, Galerie Sýpka, Valašské Meziříčí

2006
Soul Etude - instalace v budově bývalých jatek, Londýn
Bludný rybář, cyklus fotografií, Kuala Lumpur, Malajsie
Ulity, Oblastnoí galerie Vysočiny, Jihlava
Ulity, Východočeská galerie Prdubice
Anna a žába, České centrum Vídeň

2005
Černé obrazy, Galerie výtvarného umění Opava
Záclony, Galerie Gambit, Praha

2003
Anna, Galerie Jelení Praha
Sad, Galerie 36 - Kyjev, Ukrajina
Zrůdy, Galerie Tvrdohlaví, Praha (spolu s Davidem Wallikerem)

2002
Prasklá pohádka / Broken Fairy Tale, Mustasaari Gallery, Oulu, Finland
Mí přátelé / My Friends, Galerie Sokolská 26, Ostrava

2001
Obrazy, kresby / Paintings, Drawings, Neue Rathaus, Weiden, Germany

2000
Netopýří princezny / Bat’s Princesses, Galerie MXM, Praha

1999
Parrot Heading Out to the Cosmic Space, Špálova galerie, Praha
Tváře / Faces, Czech Cultural Center, Vienna, Austria

1998
Prasklá pohádka / Broken Tale, Gallery at the White Unicorn, Klatovy
Jako motýl /As a Butterfly, Národní galerie v Praze - Veletržní Palác

1997
Touha stát se Indiánem / To Become an Indian, Galerie Planá, Marianské Lázně

1996
Mí svatí / My Saints, Czech Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany
Cena Jindřicha Chalupeckého / Jindrich Chalupecky Award, Špálova galerie v Praze

1995
Pokojíčky / Little Rooms, Galerie Aspekt, Brno
Pipovi a Filipovi / For Pip and Flip, Galerie MXM, Praha

1994
Maska svatosti / Sacred Mask, Window Gallery, British Council, Praha

1993
Zemřelé hračky / Died Toys, Galerie MXM, Praha
Spánek / Sleep, Špálova galerie, Praha ( s / together with Michal Nesazal)

1992
Obrazy, Objekty / Paintings, Objects, Sechzig Gallery, Feldkirch, Austria

1991
Čas / Time, La Coupole Gallery, Neu-Isenburg, Germany

1990
Obrazy / Paintings, Regionální galerie SCCA Praha
Obrazy, divadlo ve Zlíně

1989
Kresby / Drawings, Divadelní klub / Theater Club, České Budějovice

1987
Obrazy / Paintings, Kulturní středisko Blatiny / Cultural Center Blatiny, Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2015
The Heart of Europe, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

2014
Lone Rangers, Galerie 1. patro, Prague

2013
Lone Rangers, Frameless Gallery, London

2011
Fundamenty sedimenty, GHMP, Prague
80. ears, Wanieck Gallery, Brno

2010
České umněí, Galeria Denubiana, Bratislava

2009
14S, DOX, Praha
Moje Evropa, DOX, Praha

2008
Tvrdohlaví po 20 letech, Galerie Zlaté písky, Bratislava
Tvrdohlaví po 20 letech, Středočeské muzeum výtvarných umění Praha

2007
Tvrdohlaví po 20 letech, Galerie výtvarného umněí Ostrava

2005
A na co myslýš ty?, GHMP, Městská knihovna, Praha

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2002
Česká sezona ve Francii / Czech Season in France, St.Etien

2001
Nová spojení / New Connection, Contemporary Art from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, World Financial Center, New York, USA

2000
Hnízda Her / Nests of Games, Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague (koncepce projektu / conception of the project)
100+1, Gallery of Central Bohemia, Prague

1999
Pocta Franzi Kafkovi / Homage a Franz Kafka, Kulturforum Augsburk, Germany, JNJ Gallery - Dancing House, Prague
Vítězové ceny Jindřich Chalupeckého / Jindrich Chalupecky Prize Winners, Bucharest, Romania, Moscow, Russia, Kiev, Ukraine

1998
Snížený rozpočet / Reduced Budget, Mánes Gallery, Prague

1997
Jitro kouzelníků? / The Dawn of Magicians?, Národní galerie v Praze - Veletržní palác
Mezinárodní veletrh kresby / International Drawings Fair, Dresden, Germany
MXM Gallery, Constancy, Germany
Exhibition of Czech Artists, Union Forum fur Architektur&Kunst, Goldach, Switzerland

1996
A Bronze Twig, Historical Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

1995
Fly May Bug, Fly, anti-aircraft shelter, Cologne, Germany
Struktur, figur, Markt Bruckmuhl Gallery, Germany
Distant Voices, South London Gallery, London, Edinburgh, Southampton, UK
Accrochage, Galerie La Coupole, Neu-Isenburg, Germany
Works on Paper, South Bank Centre, London
New Painting of Eastern Europe, Galerie de Arte Detursa, Madrid, Spain
Via Crucis, Strahovský klášter/ Monastery, Praha, Turin, Italy

1992
Šedá cihla / The Grey Brick, Klatovy / Klenova Gallery, J. Jakoby Gallery, Košice
Sedm umělců z Prahy / Seven Artists from Prague, Akademie, Brussels, Belgium
Tvrdohlaví / The Stubborn, Grand Huit, Theatre National de Bretagne, Rennes, France
Tvrdohlaví / The Stubborn, ÚLUV Gallery, Prague

1988
Painting in the Eighties, Palace of Youth, Moscow, Russia
Collections
Národní galerie v Praze, Galerie Mikoláše Alše,Hluboká, Státní galerie, Zlín; Galerie hl. m. Prahy, Galerie výtvarného umění, Olomouc; Galerie výtvarného umění, Karlovy Vary; Moravská galerie, Brno; Nadace současného umění,Praha; Galerie Klatovy - Klenová, Galerie výtvarného umění, Liberec, Galerie výtvarného umění, Litomeřice, a soukromé sbírky v Česku i zahraničí
Other realisations

Selected performances:

2010

Sváteční Pop, s Ondřejem Smejkalem, Milanem Caisem a Jiřím Hradilem

 

2008

Rotterhammer, s Theater Labor a Krebskem, Bielefeld, Německo

 

2007

Vodní tance, Drážďany, Německo

 

2006

Bludný rybář, Madrid, Španělsko

Tanec hraček, Jelení Gora, Polsko

Soul Etude, s Balanescu kvartetem, Londýn

 

2005

Tanec hraček, Divadlo Archas K Lhotákovou a L. Soukupem

Stabat Mater, loutkový balet, Rio de Janeiro, Brazilie

Tětiva snů, divadlo Brett, Vídeň

Svit stínu, divadlo Archa, Praha

Vodní tance, Theater Labor, Bielfeld, Německo

 

2000

Bílá ponorka / The White Submarine, “seeyuatthepremierefair“ festival, Berlin Sea-Weed Dances, Oulu, Finland

 

1999

Za zrcadlem / Behind the Mirror, together with artists from South Africa, Divadlo Archa

Ars Alchymia festival, Divadlo v Celetné, Praha

 

1997

Slunovrrat / Solstice, Festival Arts Alive, Johannesburg, South Africa

Days of Prague in Kyoto, Japan

FLIP - series of audio-visual performances, National Gallery in Prague

 

1996

Cirkus / The Circus, Bread&Puppet Theater, Vermont, USA

PS122, Jim Henson Festival, New York, USA

 

1995

Vzdálené hlasy / Distant Voices, South London Gallery, London, UK

 

 

Movie:

2007 Requiem, Loutkový film na motivy hudby W.A. Mozarta, 52 min.

 

Theater:

1998 J. J. Ryba: Česká mše vánoční / Czech Christmas Mass, decoration and costumes, State Opera, Prague

1994 Opera La Serra, decoration and costumes, Archa Theater, Prague

 

Interactive installations:

2010

Play, Mánes Praha

Labyrint světla, Dům umění Ostrava

Leporelohra, České centrum Praha

 

2009

Orbis Pictus, Brusel; Sofie

Labyrint světla, Stará kanalizační čistírna, Praha

Leporelohra, knihovna Livberec; Dům umělců Moskva

 

2008

Orbis Pictus, Důl Michal, Ostrava; Kulturní centrum Basilica, Č. Budějovice; Telus, World of Science, Vancouver, Kanda

 

2007

Orbis Pictus, České muzeum hudby, Praha; Dům umění města Brna; Rotunda, Květná zahrada, Kroměříž; kostel sv. Václava, Opava; Limonaia, di Villa Strozzi, Florencie;

 

2006

Orbis Pictus, aneb Brána do světa tvořivé lidské fantazie, České centrum Paříž

 

2005

Zahrada fantazie a hudby, Světová výstava Expo 2005, Aichi, Japonsko

 

2000

Hnízda her, Rudolfinum Praha

 

Books:

2010 Přeshádky, Meander

2009 Blázníček, Meander

2008 Jeleňovití, Meander

2007 Záhádky, Meander

2006 Lingvistické pohádky, Meander

2002 O Rybaně a možské duši, Menader

2001 Pohádka o Rybitince, Meander

2001 Atlas-salta, Aulos

1997 Vyhnání z ráje, Divus

 

Musical recordings:

2008 Rybí písně, Meander

2008 Jeleňovití, Meander

2006 Přesletec dvoj CD, se sborem Lakomé Barky, Blackpoint muzic

2004 Nebojím se smrtihlava, se sborem Lakomé Barky, Blackpoint music

Monography

Photo

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