Magdalena Jetelova

Magdalena Jetelova

* 1946, Semily

lives and works in Munich, Düsseldorf and Prague,

a noted Czech artist, one of contemporary visualartists who have achieved International acclaim. In the form of wooden chairs, staircases and other objects from the late 1970s and the first hall of the 1980s she gave an ironic account of life under the Communist regime. Her participation at unofficial events resulted in her not being allowed to attend international exhibitions. Her artistic activity often bordering on illegality, was reduced to the sphere of artists with a similar outlook on art. In 1983-84 she organized in her former studio in Prague, an event with signalling smoke, thus visualizing the expansion of the "red" conglomeration. Dating from before her emigration is the by now legendary and still unfinished landart project, with the idea of an original underground space called Underground City. After her emigration in 1985, her studio was destroyed. When she lived abroad, she never slackened off in her creative activity. As early as 1983 an invitation came to exhibit in the New Art at the Tate Gallery in London, as the only representative of the Eastern Block countries, and then gradually Magdalena Jetelova joined the international artistic scene.

Sculpture became her original stepping out, outside the galleries. She began to deal with relations between an object and space. She deconstrues the present form of architecture by a new visuallty, destabilizes it slace by intentional reversal  or repetition of elements, and by a general shift in time she uncovers remote or excluded contexts. She was one or the first artists from the post-Communist countries to start applying new technologies and laser light and made use of coded language of GPS coordinates as well as of modern robotic systems. In the continuously improving technology of new media she has found an opportunity for a revival of communication and for mediation of uncommon emotional experience. She is flexible in her response to place, she extracts it from the common context and alters its structure, with the aim of perceiving different interlayers or time and space. She never forgets social aspects either, such as human reights and care of environment.

In 1992-1995 she implemented her monumental project Domestication of Pyramids in several cultural insitutions in Europe, in which she confronted their exhibition space with the strict geometry of Egyptian architecture. Among her other remarkable installations are Translocation I and II in Hannover and Darmstadt In Germany, where she worked with dynamic shifts in space and time. A direct reaction to place itself is found in her other time-cum-space structures. With light beams she marks out directions and makes division or linking visible (Island Project, 1992; Atlantic Wall, 1994-95; Crossing King's Cross, 1996). Ground for her complex creations is found close to landart, conceptual art, and action.

Magdalena Jetelova in 1990-2004 was teacher at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf, from 2004 to the end of 2012 professor at the Academy in Munich. After 1989 she was a consultant to President Vactav Havel in the Prague Castle. She exhibited in many  prestigious galleries of  the world (e.g. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona,Tate Gallery of Art London, Museum of  Modern Art New York, Chicago Art Center, Martin-Grophius-Bau Berlin), took part in international exhibitions (Dokumenta 8 in Kassel, Sydney Biennale, Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, 54th Bienale in Venice). On the occasion of being awarded the Lovis Corinth Prize In 2007, a large monograph about her was published. Her work is found in leading world collections, e.g. in Paris in the Musse National d'Art Moderne Centre G. Pompidou, in the Museum der Stadt Darmstadt, The Henry Moore Institute Leeds, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., The National Gallery in Prague.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Touch of Time, National Gallery – Trade Fair Palace Prague, Czech Republic

2016
Galerie du jour agnès b., Paris, France
Taipeh Museum, Taiwan

2015
Museum Würth, Skulptur
China, Museum Nanjing,
Wien, Winterpalais
Das szenische Auge Italien, Città di Castello, Fondazione Palazzo Albizini, Au rendez-vous des Amis
England, Forest of Dean
Frankreich, Paris, Topographie del`Art

2014
Schweden, Droten, International Art Project
München, Haus der Kunst, Creacio continua
Österreich, Salzburg, Galerie in Trakelhaus
Czech Republik, Mikulov

2013
Die Bildhauer, Kunst Sammlung NRW
Olomouc Museum, (Des) Orientatation
New York, Czech Center Weltreise, ifa

2012
Regensburg, Donumenta, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, (DES)ORIENTATION
Breslau, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Bunkers. Mystical, Barbaric,
bored Poznan, Mediations Biennale
Stuttgart, Galerie Angelika Harthan

2011
Brünn, Dům umění města Brna, 100 let Dům umění města Brna
Prag, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, The Lucifer Effect
Venedig, La Biennale di Venezia, Glasstress 2011, (DES)Orientation
Karlsruhe, Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Angelika Harthan
Danzig, Gdanska Galeria, Bunkers. Mystical, Barbaric, bored

2010
Mannheim, Kunsthalle Mannheim,
Landscape of Transformation
Bad Berleburg, Museum der Stadt Bad Berleburg Schmallenberg,
kunsthaus alte mühle
Ettlingen, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, 25 Künstler in 25 Jahren Brünn,
Dům umění města Brna, 100 let Dům umění města Brna

2009
Brno, Art Open 2009
Berlin, Akademie der Künste Berlin, aus/gezeichnet/zeichnen

2008
Augsburg, H2 – Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast, Abflug
München, Galerie Walter Storms

2007
Eindhoven, Glow 2007 Forum of Light in Art and Architecture, Run
Prag, The Prague Contemporary Art Festival,(Kat.)
Düsseldorf, Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast, Die Kunst zu sammeln
Freiburg, Morat Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft
Kopenhagen, Kunstforeningen Gl Strand, 100 Days – 100 Videos
Herford, Museum Marta Herford, Marta schweigt. Garde le silence, le silence te gardera
Recklinghausen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Der neue Raum (Kat.)

2006
Regensburg, Kunstforum Regensburg, Venceremos/ Sale
Nuoro, MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Confini-Boundaries
Duisburg, Stiftung DKM, Notstand
Stuttgart,Galerie Angelika Harthan, Implants

2005
Karlsruhe, Badischer Kunstverein, Europäische Kunst in der Süd- westkurve
Ludwigshafen, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Architektur mobil
Genua, Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Palazzo della Borsa, Water, Air, Earth, Fire

2004
Rom, Opera Paese, Il buco nella rete
Basel, Hotel Drei Könige, Morphing
Korea, Gwangju Biennale, Homework of Being
Jena, Galerie Janoptik, Iceland Project
Lissabon, Bienal internacional da Luz em Lisboa Duisburg, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum,
Stadtlicht – Lichtkunst, (Kat.) Lüdenscheid,
St. Joseph und Medarduskirche, Lichtrouten (Kat.) München, Galerie Walter Storms

2003
Japan, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal 2003
San Sebastian/Spanien, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea (Kat.)
Rom, Opera Paese, Kunstraum Deutschland
Prag, Museum Kampa
Rommerskirchen, Kulturzentrum, Noitisopenononeposition (Kat.)

2002
Bonn, Kunstforum, Grafik der Gegenwart
Moskau, National Centre for Contemporary Arts

2001
Prag, City Gallery Prague, Urban Landscape (Kat.)
Berlin, Guardini Galerie, Das Plateau

2000
Expo 2000, Kunstraum St. Nicolai Alfeld, Hannover, Germany
Conversio (Kat.)
Interferences / Interferenzen, Diözesanmuseum Freising, Freising, Germany (cat.)

1999
One-site installation photographs / sculptures, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Foto/Skulpturen, VKV, Munich, Germany (cat.)
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Spore arti contemporanee nel tansito epocale, University of Cassino / Universitá degli Studi die Cassino, Cassino, Italy
Landshapes: Record of an Action, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Illusion/Illumination, Inner Space Multimedia, Poznan, Pologne

1998
10 Intensita in Europa, Center for Contemporary Art / Centro per l`Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy
Construction in Process 6, Melbourne, Australia (cat.)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile, Chile

1997
Between the chairs / Zwischen den Stühlen, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Para Heiner Müller, IFA, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal (cat.)
Museum Imaginaire, Museum of Installation, London, United Kingdom
John Weber Gallery, New York, USA
Light, sculpture, space / Licht, Skulptur, Raum, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, Germany (cat.)

1996
Translocation II, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany
Dislocations, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona / Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (cat.)
Crossing King´s Cross, London, United Kingdom
Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
The scenic eye / Das szenische Auge, IFA, Freedsculptur, London, United Kingdom (cat.)

1995
Bunkerprojekt, Museum Lemvig, Lemvig/Dänemark
Rift in the room / Riß im Raum, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
National Gallery of Contemporary Art Zachęta / Nationalgalerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Zachęta, Warsaw, Poland
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florenz, Italy

1994
Translocation, Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany
Forum Kunst, Praelocation Rottweil, Kaiserspfalz, Paderborn, Germany
Naturally, Ernst Múseum, Budapest, Hungary
Europa, Europa, Art and Exhibition Hall Europe / Kunst und Ausstellungshalle, Germany
Celebrate Prague in New, The World Financial Center York New York, USA

1993
Iceland Project, Belveder, Prague, Czech Republic (cat.)
Medial - fire, earth, water, air / Mediale – Feuer, Erde, Wasser, Luft, Südliche Deichtorhalle, Hamburg, Germany

1992
Drawn in the ´90s, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, USA
Domestication of a Pyramid / Domestizierung einer Pyramide, MAK, Wien, Austria (cat.)
Two Rooms / Zwei Räume, Galerie Christine König, Wien, Austria (cat.)

1991
The Henry Moore Sculpture Trust Studio, Halifax, Canada (cat.)
The Carnegie International, Mellon Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA
Halifax, Cornerhouse and Dean Clough, Manchester, United Kingdom
The Modern Gallery / Moderna Galarija, Ljubljana, Slovenia (cat.)
Henry Moore Foundation, City Council, Derry/Irland
Three Rooms, Galerie Franck + Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Luxembourg Palace / Palais Luxembourg, Paris, France
Inheritance and Transformation, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, Irland
Sowers of Myth, Chicago Art Center, Chicago, USA
Sculptural events / Skulpturale Ereignisse, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany

1990
John Weber Gallery, New York, USA (cat.)
Städtische Galerie, Göppingen, Germany (cat.)
TSWA Four Cities Project, Plymouth Art Center, United Kingdom
From life - in Art / Uit het leven – in de Kunst, Museum of Contemporary Art / Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium

1989
John Weber Gallery, New York, USA
Katharinenkirche, Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck, Germany

1988
Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
The Collection / Der Verzameling, Museum of Contemporary Art / Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
11 artists, 11 rooms / 11 Künstler, 11 Räume, Städtisches Museum, Schloß Morsbroich / Municipal Museum, Morsbroich Castle, Leverkusen, Germany
Expessive - Central European art since 1960 / Expessiv – Mitteleuropäische Kunst seit 1960, Museum of the 20th century / Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Wien, Austria

1987
Project Room, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The Institut for Modern Art / Institut für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, Germany
Dokumenta 8, Kassel,
documenta-Auslese, A 11 Art Forum Thomas, Munich, Germany
The other medium / Das andere Medium, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany

1986
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany (cat.)
The Sixth Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (cat.)
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Kunstpreisträger ´86, Künstlerwerkstätten Lothringer Straße, Munich, Germany
Dimension V - Tensions Sculpture Today / Dimension V – Spannungen Skulptur Heute, Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Köln, Germany (cat.)

1985
Riverside Studios, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom (cat.)
Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom
Art in self-sense / Kunst im Eigen-Sinn, Museum of the 20th century / Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Wien, Austria (cat.)
Biennale des Friedens, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany

1983
New Art, Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom, (cat.)

1982
The chair in the 20th century / Židle ve 20. století, Museum of Decorative Arts / Uměleckoprůmyslové muzeum, Prague, Czech Republic
Pictures and sculptures / Obrazy a sochy, Culture house Gong / Kulturní dům Gong, Prague, Czech Republic

1981
Dvorky´81, Prague, Czech Republic

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