Jiří Kovanda’s exhibition “I Haven’t Been Here Yet” is the first fully retrospective public showing of this artist, and the first this big presentation of his art in Poland.
Currently, Kovanda is the best-known and most valued artist from the Czech Republic, and at the same time he is the legend of Central and Eastern Europe’s visual art. And so it happens that both artist’s first solo exhibition abroad and his first retrospective display takes place in Poland, where the artists has many friends and admirers.
Jiří Kovanda (born in 1953 in Prague) has presented his artistic output at the major international exhibitions, such as Documenta in Kassel (2007) or Sao Paulo Biennale (2012).
Kovanda’s art, which consists mainly of performances, conceptual installations and interventions, but also includes painting (created mainly in 1980’s and 1990’s), has been exuberantly welcomed at the international stage.
This exhibition is an analytical display of Kovanda’s work since 1970’s, that is from the time of his first solo exhibition which took place in Poland, in Mospan Gallery in Warsaw in 1976, and up until today.
The title of the exhibition, “I Haven’t Been Here Yet”, proposed by the artist, reflects the subtle sense of humour and gentle absurd, so characteristic for his minimalistic works and acts. More than 100 objects, documents and paintings borrowed for this exhibition come from museum collections, galleries and private collections from France, Czech Republic, Austria and Poland.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published in Polish, Czech and English, documenting both the showing and acts carried out in Wrocław Contemporary Museum based on texts by Pavlina Morganova (an art historian and critic, a lecturer at Charles’s University in Prague), Walter Seidel (the Director of the contemporary art collection of Erste Bank, Wienna) and Adam K. Dominik – the curator of the exhibition.