Galerie Rudolfinum

FLAESH

1. 10. 2015 – 3. 1. 2016
large gallery
Curator: Petr Nedoma

Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois

about the exhibition

This selected body of works by five female artists centres on figural output, drawing on various techniques and materials cultivating elemental contemplations of individual human identity, reflections of inner life, existential maxims, and a fine web of emotions. The exhibition explores the human body’s function and role in contemporary art, questioning whether art is still a reflection of the body or, increasingly, a surface on which we project inner life. It examines what contents and modern dogmas we communicate in the human form, whether this may be a proxy means of expressing hard-to-grasp mental tribulations and joys, and whether and how a figure can reflect heightened emotions emerging from unavoidable historical faults or personal tragedies.

Any interpretation will be restricted to loose parallels where the opportunities to search for meaning are derived either directly from the development of each individual artist and/or from the framing of similarities and differences in their artistic expression. Five separate presentations, five individual paths with different starting points that have followed disparate courses, routes and directions, yet each able to act and function as a key unlocking the interpretation of certain other works of the others that are exhibited in parallel.

The exhibition, ambiguously entitled – by design – Flaesh, has been prepared in close personal cooperation with the individual artists, their studios and galleries. A separate hall is devoted to the work of each of the artists, every one forming an exhibition in and of itself. This collection of more than sixty sculptures, drawings, watercolours, pieces of embroidery and installations delivers an overview of important chapters in the output of the selected artists. Each installation is complemented by a video screening an interview with the artist, embedding the exhibited works in a broader interpretive framework and context while offering the viewer an insight into their intellectual landscape. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (in Czech and English) featuring an introductory essay by the exhibition’s curator, Peter Nedoma, and reproductions of all of the exhibited works.

tickets

tickets

Full 130 CZK
Reduced 80 CZK

the catalogue of the exhibition

the catalogue of the exhibition

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (in Czech and English) featuring an introductory essay by the exhibition’s curator, Petr Nedoma, and reproductions of all of the exhibited works.

partners

partners

General Partner
J&T Banka

Exhibition Partner
AVAST Foundation
US Embassy

Media partners
Rádio 1
Art&Antiques
Artmap
Radio Wave

education

education

Education for schools

You can arrange the guided tour of the exhibition with our lecturer at the contact below.

Marian Pliska
pliska@rudolfinum.org
227 059 346

publications

publications

  • Flaesh, Petr Nedoma, Galerie Rudolfinum 2015
attachments

attachments

reproductions

reproductions

MARLENE DUMAS If It’s Deep Is It Dark? (Deep dark thoughts), 1998 Ink wash, watercolour on paper 125 x 70 cm, © Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Photography Peter Cox
MARLENE DUMAS If It’s Deep Is It Dark? (Deep dark thoughts), 1998 Ink wash, watercolour on paper 125 x 70 cm, © Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Photography Peter Cox
KIKI SMITH Garland, 2012 Ink and collage on Nepalese paper 162.6 x 411.5 cm, © © Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery Photography courtesy Pace Gallery
KIKI SMITH Garland, 2012 Ink and collage on Nepalese paper 162.6 x 411.5 cm, © © Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery Photography courtesy Pace Gallery
TRACEY EMIN She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea, 2012 Neon 148.8 x 90.6 cm, © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube Photography Ben Westoby (White Cube)
TRACEY EMIN She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea, 2012 Neon 148.8 x 90.6 cm, © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube Photography Ben Westoby (White Cube)
BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE J.L., 2006 Wax, epoxy, wood, metal, showcase 197 x 181 x 80 cm Private Collection, © Courtesy the Artist and Hauser & Wirth Photography Mirjam Devriendt
BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE J.L., 2006 Wax, epoxy, wood, metal, showcase 197 x 181 x 80 cm Private Collection, © Courtesy the Artist and Hauser & Wirth Photography Mirjam Devriendt
BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE Piëta, 2008 Wax, epoxy, metal, wood 161.5 x 69.5 x 79 cm, © Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Collection, Switzerland Photography Mirjam Devriendt
BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE Piëta, 2008 Wax, epoxy, metal, wood 161.5 x 69.5 x 79 cm, © Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Collection, Switzerland Photography Mirjam Devriendt
KIKI SMITH Rose Edge, 2009 Ink on Nepalese paper with palladium leaf 241.3 x 170.2 cm, © © Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery Photography Gordon R. Christmas, courtesy Pace Gallery
KIKI SMITH Rose Edge, 2009 Ink on Nepalese paper with palladium leaf 241.3 x 170.2 cm, © © Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery Photography Gordon R. Christmas, courtesy Pace Gallery
LOUISE BOURGEOIS Arched Figure, 1993 Bronze, fabric and metal 116.8 x 193 x 99.1 cm, © Private Collection Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
LOUISE BOURGEOIS Arched Figure, 1993 Bronze, fabric and metal 116.8 x 193 x 99.1 cm, © Private Collection Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
MARLENE DUMAS Sailor‘s Dream, 1996 Watercolour on paper 125 x 70 cm, © Collection M HKA, Collection Flemish Community Photography Syb’l. S.
MARLENE DUMAS Sailor‘s Dream, 1996 Watercolour on paper 125 x 70 cm, © Collection M HKA, Collection Flemish Community Photography Syb’l. S.
TRACEY EMIN Cave Woman, 2012 Embroidered calico 157 x 179 cm, © © Tracey Emin Private Collection, London Courtesy White Cube Photography © Stephen White
TRACEY EMIN Cave Woman, 2012 Embroidered calico 157 x 179 cm, © © Tracey Emin Private Collection, London Courtesy White Cube Photography © Stephen White
TRACEY EMIN Dead Sea, 2012 Used mattress and cast bronze Mattress: 15 x 198 x 151 cm Branch: 18 x 127 x 22 cm, © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube Photography Ben Westoby (White Cube)
TRACEY EMIN Dead Sea, 2012 Used mattress and cast bronze Mattress: 15 x 198 x 151 cm Branch: 18 x 127 x 22 cm, © Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube Photography Ben Westoby (White Cube)
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