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Karel Císař

Karel Císař

Bereich: Theorie

© Karel Císař

© Karel Císař

© Karel Císař

© Karel Císař

© Karel Císař

© Karel Císař

© Karel Císař

Key Facts







Empfehlende Institution

Erste Bank/tranzit


Juli 2008 - August 2008

1998-2006 Charles University, Prague, Ph.D. in Philosophy
1998-2001 University of Geneva, Geneva, D.E.S. in Philosophy
1992-1998 Charles University, Prague, M.A. in Philosophy

Work experience
2007- Art theory and Visual Culture, Agite/Fra Publishers, editor at large
2003 Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, guest curator
2001 International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, fellow
2000- The Academy of Arts, Prague, lecturer in Philosophy and Theory of Arts
2000- Institute of Philosophy, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, research fellow
2000-2003 Umelec, contributing editor
1997- Revue Labyrint, co-editor

Curated shows and events
2007 Marketa Othova, You don’t know me, but I know you, Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle, Budapest, (with Livia Paldi)
2007 Hans-Peter Feldmann, Photo, Langhans Galerie, Prague
2005 Patricie Fexova, Jan Merta, Marketa Othova, Jan Serych, A.M.180, Prague
2005 Praguebiennale2, Definition of Everyday – Jasansky and Polak, Jiri Kovanda, Roman Ondak, Boris Ondreicka, Tomas Vanek, ..., (with Vit Havranek and Jan Mancuska)
2005 Anna Sanders Films, Film Screening, Svetozor, Prague – Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Philippe Parreno, Charles de Meaux, Pierre Huyghe, Liam Gillick
2005 5th Biennial of Young Artists Zvon 2005 – Zbynek Baladran, Filip Cenek, Jakub Hosek, Barbora Klimova, Eva Kotatkova, Jan Mancuska, Katerina Seda, ..., City Gallery Prague
2004 Johan Zetterquist, Display Gallery, Prague
2004 Things You Don't Know 2, Home Gallery, Prague - Inventory, Robin Rhode
2003 Things You Don't Know, K&S Gallery, Berlin - Jesper Alvaer, Inventory, Jan Mancuska, Marketa Othova, Robin Rhode, Tomas Vanek and Johan Zetterquist
2003 Particip no. 15/3, Public art event, Kunstbibliothek, Berlin - Tomas Vanek
2003 Gin&Yang, Video screening, K&S Gallery, Berlin - Jesper Alvaer

ed., What is Photography?, Herrmann a Synove, Prague 2004
with P. Kotatko eds., Text and Work: the Menard Case, Filosofia, Prague 2004

Catalogue essayes
Two or three things, I know about her, in: Livia Paldi, Marketa Othova: You don’t know me, but I know you, Mücsarnok, Budapest 2007.
Toward Minor Art, in: S. Cotter, A. Nairne, V. Pomery, Arrivals>Art from the New Europe, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford 2007.
Life Is Elsewhere – Social and Visual in the Art of Katerina Seda, Index, Stockholm 2007.
Untitled, in: Hans-Peter Feldmann, Foto, Prague 2007.
The non-organic life of things, in: Jan Merta, Brno 2005.
Definition of Everyday, (with Vit Havranek and Jan Mancuska), Praguebiennale2, Giancarlo Politi Editore, Flash Art, Prague 2005
East by Eastwest, in: A. Budak, Anxiety of Influences, Report Verlag, Bern 2004
Untitled, in: Eintritt frei, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna 2004
Untitled, in: Things You Don't Know, K&S, Berlin 2004
White Shadows, in: Marketa Othova II, Prague 2003
Kristof Kintera, in: Bohemian Birds, Verlag des Kunst Dresden, 2000.
Katerina Vincourova, in: Bohemian Birds, Verlag des Kunst Dresden, 2000.

Regular contributor to Czech and international magazines such as Detail, Flash Art, Labyrint, Tema Celeste and Umelec

Talks, conferences and workshops
2007 Photography and the Liquid Intelligence, Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia
2006 Czech Photography in the Expanded Field, XXIV Oracle Prague, Prague
2006 A Place Called Home, Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland
2006 Pardon?, Photographers' Gallery, London
2006 Arrivals, Oxford Modern Art, Oxford
2006 The Multi-Faceted Curator, Goethe-Institute, ASEF, Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia
2004 Europe United – The Czech Contemporary Art Scene and European Cultural Politics, Artforum, Berlin
2004 Dispositiv Trigon, Kunsthaus Graz (org. by Peter Pakesch)
2004 PAP, Summer Academy, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (org. by Marius Babias).
2004 Re:Location Shake, Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia
2004 Geography of Changes, Kunstmuseum Bern (org. by Adam Budak)
2004 ArtExperience, Domus Academy, Venice (org. by Rirkrit Tiravanija)
2003 Hand Made – Czech Video Art Now, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
2002 Forum Art and Religion, Ecole national superieure des beaux arts, Paris

Advising and affiliations
2006-2008 Michal Ranny Award, member of the jury
2006 Vitamin Ph, Phaidon Publishers, London, New York, nominator.
2003- Allianz Kulturstiftung, alumnus.
2000-2003 Ministry of Cultury of the Czech Republic, member of the grant commision
1997-1998 Chalupecky Prize, member of the jury


My engagement with the Austrian art scene has consisted of 1. art criticism (I have written longer essays on Get Together, North or Steve McQueen Austrian exhibitions for Umelec magazine), 2. catalogue writing (I have contributed an essay to the Eintritt frei catalogue of BAWAG Foundation), 3. talk (I have been invited to the panel of the Dispositiv Trigon, Kunsthaus Graz) and more recently 4. curatorial practice (I am working on the project that will confront Czech post-conceptual positions with Austrian kontext-kunst). My basic interest in the program is twofold: on the one hand I would like to extend my understanding of the research based art practices, their theoretical background and institutional framework on the other hand two months stay in the summer period will provide me free time without regular daily duties to focus on writing.


Two months stay in q21 enriched my professional career strongly. It enabled me 1. to meet colleagues from institutions in Vienna and other cities (Generali Foundation, Kunsthalle Wien, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Grazer Kunstverein, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Salzburger Kunstverein among the others), 2. to focus on writing (I have worked on essay for the catalogue of 6th Biennial of the Young Artists to be published in autumn 2008) and most importantly 3. to put together the show that will confront critical artistic positions from Austria and Czech Republic (the show that is due for January–February 2009 in Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague will include the works of Dominik Lang, Marketa Othova, Mathias Poledna and Florian Pumhösl).

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