Czech culture has a long tradition of specific humor that is not only funny, but also serves as a tool for expressing political and othervise oficially unacceptable thoughts. Irony, parody and mystification was excercised not only by classics like Jaroslav Hašek, but is often employed today. Contemporary Czech art is not rich in examples of straight forward activist art, but we can find severasl projects using humor and absurdity to awake social criticism. Filmmakers Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda in their ‘Czech Dream’, artist David Černý with ‘Entropa’ or generation of your street artists continue to combine humor and activism.
The lecture will be held in English.
‘À propos’ is a series of debates, lectures an meetings organized at WCM, which subjects are inspired by Polish Presidency 2011 of the Council of the European Union.Published on:4.07.12 Tomas Pospiszyl – krytyk, kurator i historyk sztuki. W latach 1997-2002 kurator w Galerii Narodowej w Pradze. W 2000 roku przebywał na stypendium naukowym w Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Nowym Jorku. Od 2003 wykładowca w Szkole Radia i Telewizji Akademii Sztuk Performatywnych w Pradze. Był m.in. współautorem antologii "Primary Documents; A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950" (wspólnie z Laurą Hoptman), autorem publikacji "Octobrianaa ruský underground"oraz wielu esejów i artykułów w katalogach i czasopismach. Tomáš Pospiszyl - critic, curator and art historian based in Prague. He worked as a curator in The National Gallery in Prague (1997-2002), and was a research fellow at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2000). Since 2003 he teaches at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His publications include anthology ‘Primary Documents; A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s.’, which he edited with Laura Hoptman, Octobrianaa ruský underground, and numerous catalogue essays and magazine articles. Roman Týc, "Remake pomnika 17 listopada 1989" Roman Týc, "Remake of the Monument to November 17th, 1989"