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Tomáš Ruller

First Name
Tomáš
Surname
Ruller
Born
1957
Birth place
Brno
Place of work
Brno and Prague
Website
www.ruller.cz
Keywords
action art
installation art
object
performance
public art
sculpture
video
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About artist

The artist devotes his efforts to creation in real space and time. He puts together multimedia performances, installations, videos, architectural realisations and travelling theatrical shows. The first phase of his creations falls into the era of the Communist regime, when he often came into conflict with government authorities (the powers that be) and was forced to realise his projects in unofficial spaces.

 

At that time, he attended many events, exhibitions and symposia of the „other“ culture (Malostranské dvorky, Prague 1981, Symposium na chmelnici, Mutějovice 1983, etc.). This cultural was specific in that it was neither officially banned nor permitted. However, the permanent threat from party-monitoring and repressive bodies loomed over it. Even prior to the start of his studies at the Academy, Ruller began to develop his own specific approach to the creative process. He studied, in fact, classic sculpture, which at the time was the only official option for realising artistic works in 3D space. However, his works were otherwise quite far from this traditional field. He became acquainted with current trends in Western art, whose artistic creations he often understood not to be as the production of artefacts, but rather as a time-space, mental event. Ruller’s approach can be seen, for example, in the installation event – Prášení na konci chodby / Dust at the End of the Hall (Brno City Hall, 1984). Here the artist combines many alternative fields: temporal activity and movement (work with his own body) and space installation. Here a sort of revived statue came into being: during the event the body moved around in a mass of loose material, and when the event concluded, all that remained was a negative print of the body. This work has both optical and haptic qualities. The result is a form from which a specific statue could be created, which was after all the artist’s objective. The piece’s message comes from its incompleteness, its fragmentedness and its scenicness. The artist uses similar methods elsewhere. He gradually begins to test technical media, photographs, and video. These resources serve not only for recording, but he also uses them during the events themselves. The medium’s timing is also important.

 

The artist defines the work and, in the process, the space as four-dimensional. For example, the video, Mánes v Mánesu (video – encaustic) uses a moving image, which is covered however by a wax. Its primary quality is its durability. The artist’s work is on one hand very conceptually demanding (here we could find parallels with certain philosophical theories), and on the other hand it is expressive and dramatic. The author is, as a rule, promoter of his own events (in the spirit of body art). His messages can appear to be timely (perhaps even political), but they mainly concern basic questions of an ontological nature (therefore Ruller’s creations call to mind alchemic or cabalist concepts).

 

Author of the annotation
Václav Hájek

CV

Studies:
1976-1982 Akademie výtvarných umění Praha, ateliér sochařství

Workshops, stipends:
1991 SITU-ACTION (14-denní workshop) Kunstschoola, Örebro (S)
1992 PERFORMANCE ART, Janáčkova akademie muzických umění, Brno
1994 École des Beaux Arts, Poitiers (F)
1996 Haskell Indian University & University of Kansas, Lawrence (USA)
1997 School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (USA)
State University of New York, Buffalo, NY (USA)
Art Institut & Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Xerox Research & Interval Research, Palo Alto, CA (USA)
1999 TECHNE & EROS (workshop) Media Institut, SFAI Santa Fe, NM, (USA)
Member of art groups not included in ARTLIST.
1979-90 Jazzová sekce SH
1981-90 DIVADLO V POHYBU DNP
1983-91 AUFMERKSAMKEITSCHULE, East-West Projekt
1986-91BLACK MARKET, EUROPEAN PROJEKT
1988-91OPEN DIALOGUE INTERNATIONAL
1989-90 OBČANSKÉ FÓRUM - Kulturní komise KC OF, Praha, 1990

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2003
Tomáš Ruller: Na lásky čas / Of Love's Time, Moravské uměleckoprůmyslové muzeum, Brno

1999
Reálná virtualita, Galerie Mánes, Praha

1995
Dis-Play, Galerie Behemót, Praha
Telepresence, Chassie Post Gallery, Atlanta

1994
Světlo pro Behemót, Galerie Behemót, Praha
Wechselspiel, Kunstraum, Mnichov

1992
N.Y. Still, Feldman Gallery, New York

1990
Akce - Místa, Galerie d, Praha

1989
Reklama, Drogerie zlevněné zboží, Brno

1988
72 hodin, Junior klub Na chmelnici, Praha

1987
Prezentace, Galerie mladých, Brno
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2011
Recyklace, Galerie NoD, Praha

2010-2011
Dialog 21, Galerie Califia, Horažďovice

2008
Kalendáře pro Jindru Štreita, Galerie Smečky, Praha
Nechci v kleci! / No cage for me!, Muzeum umění Olomouc, Olomouc

2007
Tschechische Aktionskunst der 1960er bis 1990er Jahre / České akční umění 60. - 90. let, Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin (České centrum Berlín), Berlín (Berlin)

2006
Dílna 2006, Zámek Mikulov, Mikulov
Prezentace klauzurních prací FaVU VUT, Fakulta výtvarných umění VUT Brno Rybářská, Brno

2004
Ejhle světlo / Look Light, Jízdárna Pražského hradu, Praha

2003-2004
Ejhle světlo / Look Light, Moravská galerie v Brně, Brno

2003
Prazdroj české kultury. Umění inspirované pivem, Mánes, Praha
Svět jako struktura, Struktura jako obraz, Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy
Minisalon, Centre tchèque Paris (České centrum Paříž), Paříž (Paris)

2002
Objekt - objekt: Metamorfózy v čase / Object - object: Metamorphoses in time, Pražákův palác, Brno

2001
Objekt - objekt: Metamorfózy v čase / Object - object: Metamorphoses in time, Dům U Černé Matky Boží, Praha

2000
Schenkungen, Museum Bochum, Bochum

1999
Brno - Vídeň - Praha, Dům umění města Brna, Brno
Trans Globe, Mánes, Praha

1998
Veřeje, Galerie Sýpka-Vlkov, Osová Bítýška
Tělo a fotografie / Body and Photography, Salmovský palác, Praha
Minisalon, Bibliotheque Royal de Belgique, Brussels (Bruxelles)

1997
Jitro kouzelníků, Národní galerie - Veletržní palác, Praha

1994
Video art '94: Příroda v pohybu, Mánes, Praha

1993
Šedá cihla, zámek Klenová/galerie Klatovy
Gabriel, Kokolia, Mainer, Ruller, Zámek Mělník

1991
Umění akce, Mánes, Praha

1990
Kafka, Kokolia, Ruller, P.S.1 Museum, New York
Otevřený dialog, Kunstlerforum, Bonn

1989
DIALOG PRAHA / LOS ANGELES, Lidový dům, Praha

1988
GENERACE 80' let, Galerie hlavního města, Praha

1987
OUT OF EASTERN EUROPE - PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHY, M. I. T., Chicago, San Francisco, Cambridge, New York

1983
Symposium na chmelnici, Mutějovice

1981
Malostranské dvorky, Galerie v Nerudovce, Praha

1979
Čtyři z Prahy, Galerie Wielka, Poznaň
Collections
Maximal Art Gallery, Poznaň
M. I. T. Archive, Cambridge
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Kunstmuseum, Bochum
Tacke sammlung, München
Národní galerie, Praha
Moravská galerie, Brno
Other realisations

Realizations in Architecture (selection):

1979-84

UMĚLÁ KRAJINA, přehrada Dalešice (& K. Rechlík)

 

1982-83

NÁVRAT K ŽIVLŮM, rozptylová loučka, hřbitov Bítov

 

1984

PANYCHIDA, obřadní síň, hřbitov Brno-Židenice

 

1984-85

DĚTSKÉ HŘIŠTĚ, Slovanský ostrov, Praha

 

1988-89

BRÁNA, Spalovna, Brno

 

 

Theatre Stages (selection):

1982

DIVADLO V POHYBU II., Divadlo na Provázku, Brno

 

1983

LABYRINT, J. A. Komenský/Ludvík Kundera, DNP, Brno

 

1984

ŠAŠEK A KRÁLOVNA, Boleslav Polívka, DNP, Brno

 

1985

ZKÁZA HLAVNÍHO MĚSTA, bratři Strugačtí, DNP, Brno

 

1986

BOŽSKÁ KOMEDIE, Dante Alighieri, DNP, Brno

Monography

Monography

Akce-prostředí 1974-1989, monografický katalog, Host, Brno

Performance since 1960 - Abrams New York (USA)

Performance-Ritual-Process - Prestel Munich 1993

4 Czech Artists - Hocherl Verlag Munich 1993

Europa Europa cat. vol. 2 Bonn 1994

Articles

Výtvarné umění 4/91, 4/94, 3-4/95, 1-2/96

Architecture Sept. /89

News Week 43/89, 13/90

Artforum 82/91

High Performance 30/91

Documenta 8 cat. Kassel 1987

Neue Bildende Kunst2/94

Zavadil, Karel: Tomáš Ruller, rozhovor, Art and Antiques, duben 2006, s. 54-65.

Personal texts not included in database

Viz. www.ruller.cz

Center for Contemporary Arts Prague www.fcca.cz 2006–2017
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