THIRD MIND. Jiří Kovanda and the (Im)Possibility of Collaboration

The exhibition THIRD MIND. Jiří Kovanda and the (Im)Possibility of Collaboration concentrates on the collaborative aspects of Jiří Kovanda‘s artistic practice. It gathers works (installations, sculptures, performances, discursive events) that were conceived together and in a dialogue with other artists as well as with the audience. The exhibition investigates the conditions of a collaborative work and it questions the autonomy and identity of an art work as a collective endeavour. As such, it discusses the artistic authorship and a possibility of a collaborative ecriture.

THIRD MIND. Jiří Kovanda and the (Im)Possibility of Collaboration emphasises performativity of a contemporary artistic production. Respirium will be turned into a stage-cum-auditorium where the actuality of performative activities will be reenacted and discussed.

With the participation of Richard Nikl, Markéta Othová, Eva Koťátková, Stanislava Karbusická, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Silvina Arismendi, Jiří David, Denisa Lehocká, Nina Beier, Katarína Hládeková and many others…

Jiří Kovanda (1953) is one of the most important contemporary Czech artists. His works are represented at prestigious art exhibitions internationally, recently, for example, the Tate Modern in London (performance entitled Kissing through Glass), or the display Documenta12 inKassel. He achieved international acclaim particularly with his events and interventions dating from the 1970s and ´80s, which became indispensable part of important exhibitions and publications mapping up the art of the former eastern bloc, re-integrating it into the European and world contexts. To name just a few: East Art Map, Body and the East, and Parallel Actions.

Curated by Adam Budak
Coordinated by Jana Šmídmajerová
Architecture by Tomáš Svoboda
Graphic design by Adéla Svobodová
Catalogue authors Adam Budak, François Piron, Guillaume Desange, Edith Jerabkova and others

Mezannine, Trade Fair Palace