Preparing for Darkness, Vol. 8

Museum Kampa, Prague

Opening: March 22nd, 2024 at 7 pm

Selected Artists

Curated by Uwe Goldenstein
Until May 26, 2024

22/3 – 19/5 2024
Preparing for Darkness, Vol. 8

About the exhibition / a word from the curator

It's time to break up. It is time to say goodbye to that type of contemporary art, and especially painting, which seems to be suspended in eternal post-modernity and which, due to a marked lack of artistic skill, cannot refer to anything but itself. This state of modern art can be seen as a 'pluriversum' of styles, quotations and allusions with no semblance of internal coherence.

My exhibition series Preparing for Darkness seeks to present the opposite concept. The eigth year of the cycle takes place at Museum Kampa and presents 13 artists – mostly male and female painters, who are an example of a generation characterized by an exceptional intellectual approach to artistic practices. The resulting deep exploration of art history combined with their extraordinary artistic skill can be considered genuine and immediate, as each of them in their own unique way offers a real, visually comprehensible and perceptible dialogue between the art of the past and their own emotional world inscribed in it. The featured artists are united by the resurrection of melancholy, which returns to underline the magic of the audience experience. In this sense, the metaphor I have chosen for Preparing for Darkness is intended to describe both melancholy and the state of the world.

Uwe Goldenstein

Exhibiting artists

Nicola Samorì (IT), Enrico Minguzzi (IT), Flavia Pitis (RO), Radu Belcin (RO), Adéla Janská (CZ), Richard Štipl (CZ), Daniel Pitín (CZ), Adam Magyar (HU), Attila Szűcs (HU), Inna Artemova (DE), Adam Bota (AT), Liu Langqing (CH) & Rafael Megall (ARM / in collaboration with Demetrio Paparoni)

Disappearance Practice, oil on canvas. 240x200cm. 2023-24.