Kafkaesque

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Curator Otto M. Urban, Leoš Válka, Michaela Šilpochová

Prague-born Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is one of the key authors of 20th-century world culture. His novels, stories, and correspondence have been translated into dozens of languages, his work and life have become the subject of numerous monographs and expert studies. Kafka’s literary work has not only influenced other writers but gradually affected many different areas of culture, such as film, music and visual arts.

The exhibition Kafkaesque focuses on reflections on Kafka’s work and poetics in contemporary visual art offering not a historical perspective of his work, but a view that reflects our present-day situation with all its complexities and ambiguities. Works by more than twenty internationally acclaimed artists show that Kafka’s work with its references to existential fears and personal anxieties is highly relevant for our times.

For decades, attempts to understand Kafka’s literary work and life have posed a great intellectual and often even emotional challenge to both scholars and readers and have been subject to a multitude of interpretations. The aim of this exhibition is not to build new monuments that repeat old clichés, but to reflect Kafka’s work through the perspective of the contemporary world, which is at a turning point where the old is no more and the new has not yet been born.

Franz Kafka’s relation to visual arts and the impact of his work on visual culture still belong to the less explored areas of study. While many texts have addressed the influence of his native Prague and its magical and oppressive atmosphere on Kafka’s work, few have focused on his interest in the arts, which was both profound and continuous.

The exhibition Kafkaesque, held in Franz Kafka’s native city of Prague on the centenary of his death, will present works by internationally acclaimed artists for whom the works of Franz Kafka remain an inspiration. The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous events including literary readings, film projections, concerts, etc.

Artists: Josef Bolf (CZ), Pavel Büchler (CZ), Jake & Dinos Chapman (GB), Mat Collishaw (GB), Martin Gerboc (SK), Douglas Gordon (GB), Matouš Háša (CZ), Gottfried Helnwein (AT), Siegfried Herz (CZ), Magdalena Jetelová (CZ), David Lynch (US), Volker März (DE), Jan van Oost (BE), Jiří Příhoda (CZ), Nil & Karin Romano (IL), Jaroslav Róna (CZ), Nicola Samori (IT), Jakub Špaňhel (CZ), Johan Tahon (BE), Mark Ther (CZ), Alexander Tinei (MD), Maciej Toporowicz (PL), Liu Xia (CN)

Accompanying program

Praha 7, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Franz Kafka a současní umělci: Jan van Oost & Alexander Tinei
Praha 7, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Kafkaesque
Praha 7, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Komentovaná prohlídka výstavy Kafkaesque

Past events

Praha 7, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Z jiné stránky: Kafkaesque
Praha 7, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Výstavou Kafkaesque s kurátory
Praha 7, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Babydox: Kafkaesque
Praha 7, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Babydox: Kafkaesque

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