Adriena Šimotová: Encounter. Touch and Imprint.

10. 12. 2021 - 08. 03. 2022
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Adriena Šimotová, the We Are the Ones We Are Looking for, IV, series, 2011–12, transparent paper, pigment, pastel, graphite, 111x79 cm.

Adriena Šimotová (1926–2014) is one of the most acclaimed figures in Czech visual art. This selective retrospective at MGLC features artworks in which Šimotová radicalized the existentially conceived topic of the human personality while engaging in an earnest determination of the conditions and relationships she found relevant. She perceived her work as an open communicative relationship, with its ethical and spiritual conditionality and ontological correlations of particular importance. In this context, the artist’s exquisite array of methods and vehicles of expression allowed her to explore and reflect on touch and imprint, aspects she understood as integral to the articulation of her authentic artistic statement. Reflecting on the relationship between touch and imprint, she worked with a keen awareness of her own and other people’s corporeality.

Curator: Pavel Brunclík

The exhibition was prepared in close cooperation with the Adriena Šimotová and Jiří John Foundation from Prague, as well as the National Gallery Prague, Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Olomouc Museum of Art, Gelerie Klatovy / Klenová, Galerie Zlatá husa in Prague and the Jindřich Štreit Foundation.

The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

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Online guided tour of the exhibition by Adriena Šimotová


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ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME

My jsem ti, které hledáme*, Poetry evening
Tuesday, 18. 1. 2022, at 17.00

Adriena Šimotová is closely connected to the world of poetry through her unique, pictorially authentic voice. The exhibition and the artist will be introduced by Museum Counsellor mag. Breda Škrjanec. Selected Czech poetry will be interpreted by the dramatic actor Boris Ostan.

*We Are the Ones We Are Looking for

The Czechs and the Slovenes, Traces in Culture, lecture
Tuesday, 8. 2. 2022, at 15.00

Peter Kuhar will give a lecture presenting the traces of the extensive work of Czech artists in Slovenia as well as the contribution of Slovene artists, scientists and architects to Czech culture.
Peter Kuhar is a publicist and translator. He graduated in Slavonic Studies from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and worked for several years as an editor and writer in the editorial department of the cultural programme on Slovene national television. He has lived in the Czech Republic since 2008. He writes and publishes articles in the Slovene and Czech media.

The creative journey of Adriena Šimotová
Tuesday, 22. 2. 2022, at 17.00
Faculty of Arts, Aškerčeva 2

Lecture by Pavel Brunclík. Curator of the exhibition, long-time collaborator of the artist and connoisseur of the Adriena Šimotová and Jiří John Foundation. The lecture is dedicated to the work, personality and life of Adriena Šimotová, one of the most respected figures of Czech visual art in the second half of the twentieth century and at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The parallels of the artist's work with some themes of existential philosophy and the philosophy of personalism as found in the works of Martin Buber, Karel Jaspers, Emmanuel Levinas and Martin Heidegger will also be highlighted.
The lecture will be held in Czech and translated into Slovenian.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana

Eighth-of-March Consultation
Tuesday, 8. 3. 2022, at 17.00

On International Women's Day, we will let men and women authors, creators, connoisseurs of art have their say. The presentations and discussion will be moderated by author and publicist Maja Megla.

Free admission to events.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Animation workshops 
Saturday, 22. 1. 2022, at 11.00

For children 9+, we are organising a free animation workshop on the themes of the exhibition in collaboration with the SLON association. The works will be submitted for the 50th International Exhibition of Children's Visual Arts Lidice 2022, Czech Republic. Registration required, participation limited.

School groups

For preschool and school groups, we organise guided tours of the exhibition with workshops of collage and frottage on fabric. Admission fee: 2 EUR/person. Registration to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si.

DOORS OPEN DAY

Slovenian Cultural Holiday,
8 February