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Tomáš Hlavina

First Name
Tomáš
Surname
Hlavina
Born
1966
Birth place
Děčín
Place of work
Prague
Website
www.hlavina.info
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Keywords
object
sculpture
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About artist

Tomáš Hlavina belongs to the generation of artists that arrived on the Czech art scene during the 1990s. From the very start he was a leading light of this generation and his work was selected for many group exhibitions (e.g. he participated at what was an important exhibition in its day, Trial Operation, at the Mánes Gallery, and also exhibited at Zvon ’94, Biennale of Young Artists at Prague City Library, and at exhibitions of the then leading Prague gallery, MXM).

 

The starting point of his work can be traced back to several important Czech artists of the 1960s. This is typical of many of his contemporaries, e.g. the Tvrdohlaví group, who did not feel an affinity with their immediate predecessors. It was also the result of the influence of new post-revolutionary professors at the Academy of Fine Arts, the list of whom includes many imposing older names. In Hlavina’s work we can see the influence of Stanislav Kolíbal (and his minimalistic approach) and Milan Knížák, who operates on the principle that there is no everyday item that cannot be part of an artwork. The 1990s generation also rediscovered the charm of Duchamp’s satirical ready-mades, a fact that is very apparent in Hlavina’s work.

 

However, from the start Hlavina reinterpreted the work of his much older colleagues in a very personal way. And so, for instance, his objects are ready-mades only on first sight. “I don’t make pure ready-mades,” the artist himself says. When we examine his individual objects closely, we find they are composed of many different elements, which may be found or bought. In addition, Hlavina often then goes on to modify them by drilling, polishing, flexing, splitting or painting them. The object loses its original concrete form and the result is a refined artefact that has, for instance, a broom at both ends, with a drilled handle and the title Flute. The titles are important: the fact that they do not relate to the original items from which the object is made creates new meanings.

 

His objects also lack Duchamp’s sharp social satire. In Hlavina’s work everything is refined, sophisticated and aesthetically cultivated. Another feature of his work is the fact it is not coloured. This results in very minimalistic works that project metaphorical content. This fact distinguishes his work from the classical minimalistic objects of the 1960s (one is reminded of the well known statement by Frank Stella: “What you see is what you see”). Hlavina is a master at putting banal, often very utilitarian, items into new contexts, in which the subjects of reality lose their original meaning and are transposed into new contiguities that became a sensitive, poetic metaphor. Hlavina is a poet who expresses himself in objects rather than verse, a poet of subtle, unobtrusive poetry in which a light humour plays with the everyday world, so aestheticising his references to minimalism, conceptualism and Dadaism.

Author of the annotation
Ivona Raimanová

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Studies:
1989-1992 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, intermedia studio of Milan Knizak
1986-1989 Art restoration studies

Grants and stipends:
2010 Grant from the Czech Ministry of Culture
2009-2010 stipend at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) for four months, New York Grant of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York
2008 Artist's Residency at the I-Park, Connecticut (USA)
2006 Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico (USA) for three months Lannan Foundation Scholarship
2004 Stipend at the MacDowell Colony (USA) for two months
2003 Residency at the "Künstlerhäuser Worpswede" (Germany),
grant of twelve months
2002 artsLink/VSC (Vermont Studio Center, USA),
Artist Fellowship Award 2002 - 2003
2001 Stipend at the Sculpture Space Utica (USA) for two months
2001 Finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award
2000 Finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award
1999 Finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award
1999-2000 Stipend of the Bavarian Government at the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg (Germany) for twelve months
1997 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
1996 Grant from the Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts-Vilnius for the project Forgotten Present in Vilnius (Lithuania)
1994 Grant from the Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts - Prague for the almanac Model for a System of Questions about Islamic Carpets
1993 Grant from the PRO HELVETIA fund for the Progetto Civitella D‘Agliano (The Future of Memory) in Italy
1990 Grant for the Sommer Atelier in Hannover (Germany)
1989 Scholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi (Georgia) for five months

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2011
Gallery by Night 2011 - Flashbulb Memory, Studio Gallery, Budapest (with Rita Koralevics)

2010
Tools 2010, Galerie Jeleni, Prague
Tools 2010, Galerie ad astra, Kurim

2008
Tomas Hlavina, Wannieck Gallery, Brno
Tools, Galerie 207, Academy of Arts Architecture and Design, Prague
Gate (for Foolish Virgins), Space for One Artwork - Moravian Gallery, Brno
Sternberk Gallery, Sternberk
Gallery Sokolska 26, Ostrava (with Pavel Rudolf)

2007
National Gallery in Prague, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art (with Jan Stoss)
Tools, Galerie Die Aktualität des Schönen..., Liberec
Galerie Na bidylku, Brno

2006
Tools, etc. galerie, Prague

2005
East Bohemian Museum of Fine Arts, Pardubice

2004
Metaphors, Galerie ad astra, Kurim
Metaphors, Galerie V kapli, Bruntal

2002
Whirligig, House of Art, Ceske Budejovice

2000
Book, Space for One Artwork - Moravian Gallery, Brno
Physics, Museum of Fine Arts Ostrava
Physics, MXM Gallery, Prague

1996
Atlas, MXM Gallery, Prague

1995
Chateau Gallery, Pribram, (with J. Anlaufova)

1994
Sovinec Gallery, Sovinec Castle, (with P. Pisarik and P. Lysacek)

1993
Model for a System of Questions about Islamic Carpets, MXM Gallery, Prague
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2012
Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985-2012, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery in Prague

2011
... And Other Objects, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc
Flashbulb Memory, Institut hongrois de Paris, Paris, France
VI. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín
Turn Down, Wannieck Gallery, Brno

2010
And Don't Forget the Flowers, Moravian Gallery, Brno

2009
My Europe Contemporary Czech Art, EESC-Headquarters of the European Union, Brussels
My Europe, DOX - Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
My Europe, Czernin Palace - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague
19 years after, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Berlin

2008
V. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

2007
New but for Exceptions, Permanent Exhibition of the Wannieck Gallery, Brno
Improved Model, Lame Effect, NoD Gallery, Prague
Permanent Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Gallery in Prague
Collected, Opensource Art Gallery, Champaign, IL, USA
Art In Transit, Santa Fe, NM, USA

2006
Chaplin Resident Fighter, Futura - Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
Allied..., Jelinek Foundation, National Gallery in Prague
Blind Men Measure an Elephant, C2C Gallery, Prague
SITE Unseen 4, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, USA
The Time Machine, Town Hall, Sternberk

2005
Definition, Display Gallery, Prague
Prague Biennale 2 (by Flash Art magazine), Karlin Hall, Prague
IV. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

2004
Passage d'Europe, Museé d'art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France
Hot Destination / Marginal Destiny, Museum of Fine Arts, Brno
Palais des arts - Observatory, Palais im Großen Garten, Dresden, Germany

2003
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York
The Youngest, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague
Retroperspective, House of the Lords of Kunstat, Brno
Gurke auf Englisch, Barkenhoff, Worpswede, Germany

2002
Field of Phenomena / Solitude of Things, Atrium - Moravian Gallery, Brno
BorderLife, RHIZOM Gallery, Graz, Austria
BorderLife, Artbase Die Halle, Breitenfurt, Austria
Gesture and Expression (permanent exposition), Moravian Gallery, Brno
AVA Gallery, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa
III. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín
Object / Object, Moravian Gallery, Brno

2001
The new presentation of the collection, Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (in the MuseumsQuartier Wien)
Finalists of the J.Chalupecky Award, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague
Object / Object, The Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague
Model Fictions, Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague

2000
Finalists of the J.Chalupecky Award, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague
Aspects - Positions, Hansard Gallery/City Gallery Southampton
Exposition of Czech Art in the '90s, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague
ÜberlebensKunst, Plassenburg Castle, Kulmbach, Germany
Art in Central Europe. 1949 - 1999, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
The End of the World ?, National Gallery - Kinsky Palace, Prague
Aspects - Positions. Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
City Gallery Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany

1999
Finalists of the J.Chalupecky Award, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague
Aspects - Positions. 50 Years of Central European Art 1949 - 1999, Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna
Brother to Brother, Vojtech Löffler Museum, Kosice, Slovakia
II. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín
Perplex, Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague
Czech Art in the '90s, The Czech Centre, New York

1998
The Czech Centre, Berlin, Germany
The Czech Centre, Bonn, Germany
Liste 98, Basel, Switzerland
On a Frontier, New Town Hall, Prague
Reduced Budget, Manes Gallery, Prague

1997
Presents, MXM Gallery, Prague
Quiet Messages, Budapest Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
Near the Beginning, Plasy Monastery

1996
The Forgotten Present, International Visual Art Symposium, Vilnius, Lithuania
Proposte Scambio, Galleria di San Filippo, Torino, Italy
First New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

1995
Kosmos Topos, Palazzo Reale, Caserta, Italy
Kosmos Topos, Dum u Rytiru, Litomysl
Kosmos Topos, Gallery of Malostranska Beseda, Prague
Test Run, Manes Gallery, Prague

1994
Zvon 94 - Biennial of Young Art, Gallery of Jan Koniarek, Trnava, Slovakia
Zvon 94 - Biennial of Young Art, City Gallery Prague - Stone Bell House, Prague
Exhibition of MXM Gallery, Ostrov nad Ohri
Elsewhere and in Time, Museum of Arts, Náchod
Gallery of Obecni Dum, Prague

1993
What is left, Messe Hamburg, Germany
Hermit II, Plasy Monastery
Second Exit, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany

1992
Puda Gallery, Olomouc
Objects Installations, Museum of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia
Hermit, Plasy Monastery
Graduate - exhibition of Academy, Chateau Troja, Prague

1991
AVU - Studio of prof. M.Knizak, Kulturni stredisko Blatiny, Prague
Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition , Dum u Hybernu, Prague
Festival of Light, Stalinmonument, Prague
Artparty, Plufabrieken, Nijmegen, Holland

1990
Sommer Atelier, Messe Hannover, Germany
Collections
Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague
Moravian Gallery, Brno (Brünn)
Wannieck Gallery, Brno (Brünn)
Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna
Ludwig Forum, Aachen

Monography

Monography

Solo catalogues:

Tomas Hlavina, Galerie na bidylku, Brno 2007

Tomas Hlavina, East Bohemian Museum of Fine Arts, Pardubice 2005

The Physics / Die Physik, Villa Concordia, Bamberg 2000

Atlas, MXM Gallery, Prague 1996

Model for a System of Questions about Islamic Carpets, MXM Gallery, Prague 1999

 

Catalogues (selection):

2011

... And Other Objects, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc

Flashbulb Memory, Studio Gallery, Budapest

VI. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

 

2010

Galerie Die Aktualität des Schönen... 2006-2009, Liberec

CO14 2003-2005, archive of the Czech artists of the 1990s, Prague

And Don't Forget the Flowers, Moravian Gallery, Brno

 

2009

V prostoru 2000, Generace 1989-2009, contemporary Czech sculptors, Liberec

My Europe Contemporary Czech Art, EESC - European Union, Brussels / DOX Prague

 

2008

V. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

Gallery Sokolska 26, Ostrava (with Pavel Rudolf)

 

2006

Allied..., Jelinek Foundation, National Gallery in Prague

Swimming Pool/Art in Real Time, London

 

2005

Definition, Display Gallery, Prague

Prague Biennale 2, Karlin Hall, Prague

IV. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

 

2004

Passage d'Europe, Museé d'art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France

Palais des arts - Observatory, Palais im Großen Garten, Dresden, Germany

 

2003

The Youngest, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague

Retroperspective, House of the Lords of Kunstat, Brno

 

2002

Field of Phenomena/ Solitude of Things, Atrium - Moravian Gallery, Brno

BorderLife, RHIZOM Gallery, Graz, Austria

III. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

 

2001

Finalists of the J.Chalupecky Award, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague

Object / Object, The Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague

Model Fictions, Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague

 

2000

Finalists of the J.Chalupecky Award, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague

The End of the World ? National Gallery - Kinsky Palace, Prague

City Gallery Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany

 

1999

Finalists of the J.Chalupecky Award, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague

Aspects - Positions. 50 Years of Central European Art 1949 - 1999, Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna

Brother to Brother, V.Löffler's Museum, Kosice, Slovakia

II. New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

 

1998

Reduced Budget, Manes, Prague

 

1997

Quiet Messages, Budapest Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

Near the Beginning, Plasy Monastery

 

1996

Proposte Scambio, Galleria di San Filippo, Torino, Italy

Abstract/Real, Museum Moderner Kunst, 20er Haus, Vienna

First New Zlín Salon, Zlín Chateau, Zlín

 

1995

Kosmos Topos, Gallery of Malostranska Beseda, Prague

 

1994

Zvon 94 - Biennial of Young Art, City Gallery Prague - Stone Bell House, Prague

Elsewhere and in Time, Museum of Arts, Náchod

 

1993

Hermit II, Plasy Monastery

Second Exit, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany

 

1992

Objects Installations, Museum of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia

Hermit, Plasy Monastery

 

1991

Artparty, Plufabrieken, Nijmegen, Holland

 

1990

Sommer Atelier, Messe Hannover, Germany

Articles

Articles and Texts (selection):

 

Hana Petlachova, art theorist, curator

Text from the catalogue Tools, 2007

 

Pavel Netopil, curator, art theorist

Interview for the Art&Antiques magazine (Czech), 2006

 

Tia Blassingame, architecture editor for New York Arts Magazine

Interview at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA, 2004

 

Marek Pokorny, Director of the Moravian Gallery in Brno

Part of the text from the catalogue Retroperspective, 2003

 

Milan Knizak, General Director of the National Gallery in Prague

Text from the catalogue Borderlife, Austria, 2002

Text from the catalogue Proposte Scambio, Torino, Italy, 1996

 

Jana Sevcikova, Profesor of Art History and Jiri Sevcik, Director of the Research Centre at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Part of the text from the catalogue Cze(h)ndes üzenetek, Quiet Messages, 1997

 

Kamil Nabelek, philosopher, aesthetician, Academy of Arts Architecture and Design in Prague. Model for a System of Questions about Islamic Carpets, 1994

Photo

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