The NG 333 and ČEZ Group Award - Finalists

Date: 07.12.2007 - 24.02.2008

The first year of awarding young artists under the age of 33 from the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic

Respirium of the 5th floor of Veletržní Palace

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery in Prague – Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Curator: Lenka Sedláčková

In June 2007, the National Gallery in Prague presented its new annual project – the NG 333 & ČEZ Group award, a competition open to all young artists aged 33 and under from the Czech and Slovak Republics. Artists were invited to submit their artwork or thematic portfolios from any field of art until September 3, 2007. A special panel of jurors, which met on September 24 and 25 at the Veletržní Palace, examined some 300 works by 198 young artists and selected eleven finalists. The announcement of the winner in the evening of December 6, 2007, was followed by a press conference and the formal opening of the exhibition showing the works of all finalists. The winning artist was awarded 333,000 crowns donated by Securitas, a.s. The project was co-sponsored by the companies ČEZ Group and Trade Fides. After the closing of the exhibition, the awarded artwork will remain in the possession of the National Gallery and will be incorporated into its collections.

Ladislav Babuščák - Triptych, 2007
Ladislav Babuščák (b. 1985) comes from Slovakia, where he majored in Advertising/Graphic Design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Košice. Currently, he is in his third year of photography studies at the Prague FAMU Film Academy (Studio headed by Bohumír Prokůpek). Babuščák has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including two foreign shows were his photographs selected among the best in the Epson Art Photo Award 2006 competition were presented.

George Hladík – Adrenaline, 2005
George Hladík (b. 1982) earned a bachelor of arts in Digital Media from J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (Department of Photography, Faculty of Art and Design). Currently, he is enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, in its School of New Media headed by Veronika Bromová. While devoting himself to a variety of art fields, Hladík specializes in video art and photography. He has participated in the “Gross Domestic Product” show mounted in the City Gallery Prague (2007) and twice in international exhibitions staged in Dresden’s Motorenhalle.

Kontextual Group – Cildo Meireles, 2007
The Kontextual group was established in 2005. Its art projects have been staged in the Czech Republic (“Concept and Perception”, International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, National Gallery in Prague; “Participation Method No. 2”, Modern Art Gallery, AVU Academy of Fine Arts, 2007) and abroad, namely in Australia (“Seated Figure”, National Gallery of Australia; “Optimum Portrait”, Czech Embassy in Canberra – both in 2006). The members of the Kontextual group explore the conceptual aspect of their creations whose existence, meaning and character are chiefly determined through their context.

Markéta Korečková – Column 3+, 2007
Markéta Korečková (b. 1975) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (in the studios headed by Milan Knížák, Karel Nepraš and Jindřich Zeithamml). As a student, she was enrolled in a study programme at the Sommerakademie in Salzburg and participated in a sculpture symposium in former Yugoslavia. Her art has been on view in a host of group exhibitions (e.g. “A Girl’s Dream”, Školská 28, Prague, 2006; “Fine Solutions”, Modern Art Gallery, Hradec Králové, 2006). Korečková is a member of the art group A12.

Marek Kvetán – Blind System – Preparation for a Landscape Painting, 2007
An acclaimed Slovak artist, Marek Kvetán (b. 1976) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (Studios of D. Fischer and J. Bartusz). He was attended the studio of Keiko Sei at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology. He has presented his works at numerous exhibitions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other countries (Prague Biennale 2, 3, Karlín Hall, 2005, 2007; “Still”, Gallery Futura, Prague, 2007; “Mutations”, Paris, Berlin, Luxembourg, Moscow, Rome, Vienna, 2006, 2007). Kvetán is particularly keen on experimenting with new media.

Pavla Malinová – Girls Don’t Cry, 2006–2007
Pavla Malinová (b. 1985) attended the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Valašské Meziříčí. Currently, she is enrolled at the University of Ostrava (Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting headed by František Kowolowski). Malinová usually presents her art in the form of extensive series, which include paintings and photographs, as well as installations and new media projects. She has shown her creations at the collective exhibition “Górki Mariackie” at the Szara Gallery in Cieszyn, Poland (2006) and the “Pipeline 01” show mounted in the Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem (2007).

Kryštof Rybák – Animal, 2007
After completing his studies at the Secondary and Specialized Schools of Applied Arts in Prague, Kryštof Rybák (b. 1979) enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts (Department of Figural Sculpture, Jan Hendrych Medal). He participated in various sculpture symposia, e.g. in Spain, and worked as an assistant at a summer workshop of sculpture in the United States. He frequently exhibits his sculptural objects alongside works by his father, the glass designer Jaromír Rybák.

Martin Šilhán – Sink I, 2007
Martin Šilhán (b. 1984) specialized in glass painting at the Secondary School Glassmaking in Železný Brod. He continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he attended the School of Drawing, headed by Jitka Svobodová. Apart from drawing and painting, he creates sculptural objects. His sculptures won him a nomination among the finalists of the NG 333 competition. The artist has presented his artwork at various international venues, including the Open Art sculpture exhibition in Switzerland.

Jakub Špaňhel – Chandelier on Grey, 2007
Jakub Špaňhel (b. 1976) is already a reputed artist in the Czech Republic, recognized for his expressive paintings of church interiors and flowers. Špaňhel completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (under Jiří David and Milan Knížák). He has shown his works in numerous collective exhibitions and one-man shows (“Akne”, Gallery Rudolfinum, 2000; International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, NG; “Paintings 2000–2007”, Galerie Klatovy/Klenová, 2007; “Jakub Špaňhel Age 26”, GHMP, 2003).

Pawell Tichoň – FateKeeper Hesham Galam, 2007
Pawell Tichoň (b. 1980) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts (where he attended the studios of Milan Knížák and Michael Bielický). As a student, he participated in a one-year study programme at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (under Jiří Pelcl) and the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (under Frans Evers). Apart from painting, Tichoň creative endeavours include video art, animation, performance art and public space projects. He is marginally interested in digital music, design and fashion. He has exhibited at the Zlín Studio of Young Artists in 2006 and at the International Biennale of Contemporary Art organized by the National Gallery in Prague in 2005.,

Ztohoven Group – Media Reality, 2007
The Ztohoven group captured public attention through two actions which, it claimed, were aimed at alerting the slumbering minds of Czech citizens; both the “Question Mark over Prague Castle” and “Violated Subconscious” took place in 2003. Perhaps the greatest turmoil and the most heated polemics were stirred by the group’s latest project: the young artists hacked into Czech Television’s programme with their own image of a fictitious nuclear explosion in the Krkonoše Mountains. Ztohoven is a loose collective of young people, some of whom present themselves under the names of Petr Olejka, Zdeněk Dostál, Otto Horší, Roman Týc, Míra Svoboda, Eman Cipace, Tomáš Jasný, Radim Rath...

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