Hey, my name is Monika. I live in Prague, Czech Republic.
I work as a curator in the City Gallery Prague.
Here I exhibit sceneries, stuff and people that catch my eyes.

Drop me more ideas: mondolezalova@gmail.com.

Come to a launch of a new issue of OKOLO magazine tomorrow from 6.30 in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile! I interviewed a fantastic man, Michel Thévoz, co-founder of The Collection de´l Art Brut in Lausanne.

Tim Burton took me on the private tour of his Prague´s exhibition. Read more at vice.com.

Enjoy this very impressive video about Jakub Jansa who I now present at Start up project.

Here are a few words about the new exhibition Engstligenalp

Engstligenalp / Jakub Jansa
07/03—09/04, 2013
 City Gallery Prague
Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace
, Karlova Street 189/2, Prague 1
curated by myself

curator of the supplementary exhibition: Lukáš Kijonka
graphic design: Alena Gratiasová
open party: Sothein
photo: Tomáš Souček (exhibition), Michal Hančovský (open party)

There is a plateau 2000 m above sea level lying south of Adelboden in the western Swiss Alps called Engstligenalp. A visionary project, with a focus to install equipment that would build, in several thousand years, a complex of caves, is projected precisely on this plateau.

The foundation for this is the fact that currently, genetic modification is a common practise and programming some species of life to inorganic matter is just another level of the human game of God, where we are trying to take control over various natural processes on Earth. “The oldest mural painting is the first record documenting the beginnings of taking over control of something that previously originated spontaneously. Some 37 000 years later this record is not created by pigment on a wall, but it is expressed by the actual process of origin. Evolution is under control. We are programming nature only for the purpose of a new, our own, nature to originate,” comments the proposal the initiator of the project, artist Jakub Jansa.

The plan of the project is to position 12 bodies in the terrain by embedding them in the depth of 40 meters. Each device has the shape of an inverted cone which is made up of layered capsules of cellular bacteria and these get activated by the flow of accumulated water. The only thing that remains visible is their formation of the organic shape with a 20 meter diameter. As a result, a monumental land art work originates on the surface, as well as underground, in the hardly accessible area of a national reservation. And finally, the resulting form of the cave can be unrecognizable from the natural one. “Caves fascinate me and so does the process of how they originate. I contemplated whether such a cave can be created and why someone should want to create something like that. I have a feeling that the next step in the branch of design, architecture and art, is to design things that grow and form themselves in a model determined by man – it is a strange perversion that I want to investigate. It is in all of us, we constantly need to make our own system. The monument that will originate in the mountains, will be a monument of this tendency,” Jakub explains the background of the origin of the idea to create a programmable cave.

Jakub is not interested so much in the amenities of new media, but rather in the possibility to discover and read the media that already exist around us. At the Engstligenalp exhibition, which is part of the project Start up, he works with a specific room of the gallery, where he introduces, in a simplified form, a feasible way of programming a living form to create a piece of work according to the assignment of a human being. Another one of Jakub’s specific visions is to programme inorganic matter from which sophisticated works, such as a cave, would originate.
Following the practice of crowdsourcing projects, the functioning of the whole program is demonstrated through the actual visitors of the exhibition. The viewers assume a position in the space of the gallery predetermined by Jakub and that is how they model themselves into an angle of the view of his seeing. Concurrently, at a certain moment, their movement is monitored and transferred to another part of the exhibition. The viewers fulfil the pre-determined program. By doing this, Jakub wants to demonstrate that, in a similar way, it is possible to also persuade grains of sand to cooperate on the construction of a cave.

The curator of a complementary exhibition, Lukáš Kijonka, assumes the role of the author of the media image of the project. He tries to push and sell this sci-fi idea with the help of sketches and diagrams of the author of these devices. The exhibition also serves the purpose of attempting to find the right investor for this project.

Jakub Jansa is a student in the 5th year in the studio of Supermedia at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM) headed by Federik Díaz.

Lukáš Kijonka (born 1981 in Ostrava) is a graphic designer by profession, he is the co-founder of Kolektiv Studio and the author of many exhibition identities. He has been cooperating for a long time with the graphical studio Laboratory of Petr Babák (i.e. Dominik Lang, Venice Biennale 2011), as well as Studio Pixl-e (CJCH, 2012,etc.). Since 2012, he has been managing, together with Žaneta Drgová, studio AGD1 at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology. For his publication “Zlin Salon” he received the award The Most Beautiful Book of the Year 2012 and second place in the European Design Awards 2013. Conceptually, he has participated, for example, on the exhibition Want to Talk about it, Steve? (Moravian Gallery, 2014). Lukáš is in the role of a curator for the first time at the Engstligenalp exhibition.

Monika Doležalová

Start up IV 

For its fourt annual edition, Start up is moving its venue to the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace which will host a total of five of the project’s exhibitions. Along with several flagship exhibitions curated by Monika Doležalová, the series will newly include projects mounted by young curators whose presentations will thus be linked with the individual shows. The exhibitions of project’s fourth edition will be visually designed by young students of graphic design.

Come tomorrow to the opening of the exhibition “ENGSTLIGENALP” of Jakub Jansa at City Gallery Prague. Curated by myself.

Come tomorrow to the opening of the exhibition “ENGSTLIGENALP” of Jakub Jansa at City Gallery Prague. Curated by myself.

I´m preparing an interview with Michel Thévoz, who worked in Collection de l´Art Brut in Lausanne. While preparing, I found in this collection Morton Bartlett´s fantastic dolls, which terrified me at Venice Biennial 2013.

Kicking off the new exhibition

Start up IV
For its fourt annual edition, Start up is moving its venue to the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace
which will host a total of five of the project’s exhibitions. Along with several flagship exhibitions curated by Monika Doležalová, the series will newly include projects mounted by young curators whose presentations will thus be linked with the individual shows. The exhibitions of project’s fourth edition will be visually designed by young students of graphic design.

WORSTSELLER / Tomáš Roubal
17/1 — 16/2, 2014 City Gallery Prague, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace

curated by myself

curator of the supplementary exhibition: Jan Kratochvil

graphic design: Marek Ehrenberger


Tomáš Roubal (b. in Prostějov, in 1982) is a printmaker and draughtsman of peculiar, often perhaps haunting figure scenes on political and social themes. “It is very much like a black box containing things before which we tend to shut our eyes, themes we are unwilling to discuss, preferring to pretend such problems do not exist,” says Tomáš about his works. His monochrome pictures comment on contemporary society, political propaganda, the Catholic church, and the aesthetics of mass-production culture. He seeks out elements of blatant stupidity in human behaviour, and passes his findings on, in the form of satirical sketches, or at times merely as condensed messages or phrasal constructions rendered for instance in the form of tattoos on animal skin.

He creates stories with plots wherein oddity is combined with historical facts, personal experiences and reality, but where at the same time everything is influenced by the irony of fate. In the light of this, it may seem somewhat surprising that his Black Book (practically textless), featuring provocative scenes out of what he himself terms “the blacklist of wrongs” (including e.g. the portrayal of an artist performing oral sex on a curator), earned him the 2012 Most Beautiful Book of the Year award from the Czech Ministry of Culture, in the highly prestigious category of fiction. The book inveighs against the ills of capitalism, the loss of the human sense of solidarity, as well as against the condition of the current Czech art scene. The reality he depicts is at once terrifying and ridiculous, and yet it is familiar enough for everyone to realize at once what exactly Tomáš had in mind in each particular work.

In his contribution to the Start up IV project, Tomáš presents large-scale paintings following up to his earlier street-art realizations, as well as smaller-scale objects reflecting obscene sexist references in commercial advertisement and media. These include most notably examples of thoroughly senseless exploitation of nudity, the likes of “One Half Will Do for PVC Windows”, with a picture of stuck bare buttocks, or a commercial spot entitled “Enjoy Your First Banking Contact” (the expression being synonymous with “intercourse” in Czech). In an ironic parallel, Tomáš purports to market his Worstsellers on view here.

Tomáš Roubal graduated from the department of printmaking, class of  Prof. Róbert Jančovič,
at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, in 2008.

For mounting an additional exhibition, I addressed a young art theoretician and curator, Jan Kratochvil (b. in Brno, 1986). He is a recent graduate of the Department of Art History at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, and contributes to the magazine A2 and to the web site specializing in art, artalk.cz. Since 2012, he has teamed up with artist Jana Bernatová as curator for the gallery Kvalitář, where he has engaged in projects combining gallery art with design and architecture. To Jan, working as a curator in a creative tandem has been a long-time preference: while still a student, he mounted several exhibitions together with art historian and curator Tereza Jindrová (including e.g. the exhibitions Abuse, for Dům umění města Brna, 2012, or RED8, for UM gallery, 2013).

Inspired by Tomáš Roubal´s critical reasoning, Jan has prepared for the exhibition Worstseller an architectural entrance: a kind of corridor which, coupled with the media monitoring display of the workings of the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, comments on the venue´s reconstruction and functioning, as well as on the new concept of the Start up project. Describing his concept, Jan says: “While Tomáš Roubal relates in his work to the general socio-political context of this country, I personally, given my attitude of an individual living in a more or less voluntary state of seclusion within the world of art, have chosen to apply here a corresponding model of reasoning, thereby responding to the most immediate institutional framework of the current exhibition, that is, the workings of the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace. There, I have used technological elements with a view to closing off, and thereby eliminating, the space reserved by the curator, Monika Doležalová, for my participation in the show. All that remains of it is a narrow passage resembling safety corridors known from construction sites. I have furnished this residue of what was originally an exhibition room with relevant documentation, supplemented by a visual presentation of Marek Ehrenberger and Tomáš´s own direct reactions to the themes under discussion.”

Monika Doležalová

I’m very happy to invite you all to the opening of the exhibition “Worstseller” of Tomáš Roubal at City Gallery Prague. Today at 6pm. Curated by myself.  

I’m very happy to invite you all to the opening of the exhibition “Worstseller” of Tomáš Roubal at City Gallery Prague. Today at 6pm. Curated by myself.  

I visited my favorite czech scupltor, Aleš Veselý, in his studio at Středokluky with my friend, artist Evžen Šimera. Again, I have to say it’s wonderful and unique place. I’m fascinated by this space and his works each time. 

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