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The International Symposium of Ceramics in Bechyne 1966-2018

11. 10. - 22. 11. 2019

Curator: Veronika Rollová, Eva Pelechová


The International Symposium of Ceramics in Bechyně was founded in 1966. It became a platform for artists from various parts of the world, divided by the Iron Curtain, who could focus on creative experiments with clay during the month they spent together. In 2018, the 28th year of the symposium took place. The exhibition presents works created in Bechyně during last summer in dialogue with works from the 1960s to the 1980s. The word “contact” in the title of the exhibition thus refers not only to the confrontation of contemporary authors with the works of their predecessors and to the international meetings of artists but also to the relationship between “fine” and “applied” art. The exhibition, by looking back to the past and by reflecting broader contexts of the foundation of the symposium, opens a new era of its existence that will focus on searching for new definitions of the symposium as a platform for work created as part of a group of artists as well as on the possibilities of working with a specific material within the context of contemporary art.
Symposium participants 2018: Yael Atzmony, Ellen Kleckner, Sofie Nørsteng, Giorgio di Palma, Katie Sleyman, Adam Železný
Participants taking part in the 1966–1988 symposia: Slavoj Banset, Carmen Dionyse, Siegfried Gramann, Sándor Horváth, Jana Choděrová-Hlaváčová, Pavel Knapek, Klaus Lehmann, Enric Mestre, Karel Nepraš, Kurt Ohnsorg, Hana Purkrábková, Pravoslav Rada, Franz Stähler, Václav Šerák, Lubor Těhník, Imrich Vanek, Jindra Viková

Exhibition Design: Ondřej Čech
Graphic design: Tereza Králová
Production: Zuzana Skulová
Video from the symposium: Tomáš Hlaváček
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Aleš South Bohemian Gallery and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.

Supported by: The Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, The State Culture Fund Cech Republic, Prague City Hall, Prague 1 Town Hall, South Bohemian Region, City of Bechyně, School of Arts and Crafts in Bechyně, LAUFEN CZ and Atelier Design
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