Two famous artists from Pragueof the Czech Republic, PetrPísařík and KarelŠtědrý, created a series of new paintings during theresidency program at Suzhou and Hangzhou, they engaged in dialogue and cooperation with Suzhou famous embroidery artists Liang Xuefang and Zhenhu emerging embroidery artists. This exhibition focuses on the creation of the two artists during the period of residence, as well as the results ofthe dialogueand the collaboration betweenSuzhou embroidery art and Czech contemporary art.
Both artists are deeply inspired by the tradition of modern and contemporary European art. Their work are mostly based on geometric abstraction and architectural principles, continuing the tradition of European avant-gardes art and post-war art. During their artistic stay in the Jiangnan area, both artists opened a dialogue between their work and the tradition of Chinese art.
Petr Písařík draws abundantinspiration from Chineseflower painting and decorative arts in his work.Here in China he found inspiration in Chinese gardens and ¬traditional design of flowers and plants.He trained to be a painter, however he has a strong sculptural sense, which inspires him to utilize different 3D materials like beads, sequins or tinsels in his artworks. These materials also play an important role inthe use of light and different shades of colours which applied on his artwork.
Karel Štědrýfound his inspiration especially in the dialogue between traditional Chinese architecture and Western geometric art. Some of his artworks combine Western geometric abstraction with basic structural principles and decorative details of Chinese traditional architecture. In the meantime Karel is fascinated with other aspects of Chinese culture, in particular traditional Chinese theatre masks and Chinese calligraphy.
The most significant topic of this exhibition is to link the Czech contemporary art and Chinese traditional art. Both artistshad opportunity to visit differentstudios of famous local Suzhou artists and artisans, and discuss the important issues regarding possibilities of how to deepen the dialogue between traditionalChinese art and the most actual contemporary artistic approaches. These significant meetings and discussions facilitatea direct collaboration between Czech artists and local embroidery artists from different generations.
Collaboration with the famous embroidery artistLiangXuefangis one the most interesting partswithin the whole project. The Czech artists together with LiangXuefangcreated a site-specific installation of her artworks, which based on the tradition of Czech geometric abstraction. Based on the most recent trends in contemporary art,this installation greatly enriches the understanding ofher work in a totally new spatial and intellectual context,.
PetrPísařík and KarelŠtědrýcollaborated with three emergingembroidery artists.Zhang Lixingcreated an embroidery artwork based on a part of abstract geometric painting. Lixing apply her artistic approaches to open a dialogue with a contemporary Western artwork.Písaříkiscollaborating with a young embroidery artist ZhangXue, who is inspired by Czech contemporary arton various abstract shapes and structures.The young emerging artist Sheng Mengfei use the abstract technique to createthe representational landscape of Jiangnan, which opens a new opportunity for the intangible cultural heritage.
These co-creation works represent an important step in the ongoing cooperation between Czech and Chinese artists. The artwork, that will become a part of the art collection of the SND centre, are the first attempt to open up new artistic possibilities for traditional Chinese crafts. They are also proof of the importance and inevitability of a dialogue between traditional and contemporary art and at the same time between arts of different cultural areas.
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