Art knows no borders – or at least that is often claimed. This exhibition is dedicated to the theme “Borders in Art.” How do artists react to political events and possible restrictions? What influences do they process and what visual language do they develop?

The exhibition focuses on three outstanding artists who represent three generations of Czech art from the 1920s to the present: the painter and graphic artist Toyen and the two conceptual artists Magdalena Jetelová and Krištof Kintera.
This exhibition brings together the works of three artists that have never before been face to face in this constellation: the painter and graphic artist Toyen (1902–1980) and the conceptual artists Magdalena Jetelová (b. 1946) and Krištof Kintera (b. 1973). The lives of all three artists are anchored in the checkered history of the former 
ces. Československo, deu. Tschechoslowakei, slk. Česko-Slovensko, eng. Czecho-Slovakia

Czechoslovakia was a state existing between 1918 and 1992 with changing borders and under changing names and political systems, the former parts of which were absorbed into the present-day states of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine (Carpathian Ukraine, already occupied by Hungary in 1939, from 1945 to the Soviet Union). After 1945, Czechoslovakia was under the political influence of the Soviet Union, was part of the so-called Eastern Bloc as a satellite state, and from 1955 was a member of the Warsaw Pact. Between 1960 and 1990, the communist country's official name was Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (abbreviated ČSSR). The democratic political change was initiated in 1989 with the Velvet Revolution and resulted in the establishment of the independent Czech and Slovak republics in 1992.

 or today’s 
ces. Česko, deu. Tschechien

The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe with a population of about 10.5 million people. The capital and largest city of the country is Prague. In the Czech Republic lie the historical landscapes of Bohemia, Moravia and parts of Silesia. In 1918 the state of Czechoslovakia was formed, but the Czech Republic was not founded until 1993. The country has been a member of the EU since 01.05.2004.

. The exhibited works span three generations, major political changes, and national borders.

The oldest generation is represented by Marie Čermínová, known under her stage name Toyen (Prague 1902-1980 Paris). Her surrealist works, created in Paris and 
deu. Prag, eng. Prague, lat. Praga

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and is inhabited by about 1.3 million people, which also makes it the most populated city in the country. It is on the river Vltava in the center of the country in the historical part of Bohemia.

, reflect the existential fears of the war years and the restrictions on artistic freedom. Out of the climate of political oppression in the 1970s/1980s, Magdalena Jetelová creates art that deals with this lack of freedom and warns against totalitarian regimes. Eventually, the artist escaped and emigrated to Germany in 1985. Since then, she has devoted herself increasingly to universal themes, whereby the phenomenon of the border remains a constant. A completely different approach is represented by Krištof Kintera (*1973 Prague), who has mainly been active since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the opening of the Eastern European borders in 1989. In his works, animated with sound and movement, he comments both on the problems of globalized society and the political situation in his home country.

The exhibition was conceived against the background of the project "Grenzen in nationalen und transnationalen Erinnerungskulturen zwischen Tschechien und Bayern” (Borders in national and transnational cultures of remembrance between the Czech Republic and Bavaria). The interdisciplinary research association is supported by the Universities of Regensburg and Passau, Charles University in Prague, UJEP Ústí n. L. and the Adalbert Stifter Association.
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