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Krištof Kintera

Krištof Kintera, Black Flag, 2011. Courtesy: the artist

Krištof Kintera, Black Flag, 2011. Courtesy: the artist

Krištof Kintera’s work contains aspects of movement, interaction and social critique fusing elements of fine arts, performance and stage design with playful spirit and humour but weighted with a deeper purpose than to entertain.  

Kintera ranks among the best-known Czech mixed media artists. The aspects of movement, interaction and the social critique contained in his work springs from a fusion of fine arts, performance and stage design. His moving works are popular not just for their mechanical excellence but also their playful spirit and humour. The objects have, for the most part, also a deeper purpose than to entertain. As a Czech patriot and a keen cyclist, Kintera is the author of two atypical monuments in Prague: Z vlastního rozhodnutí dedicated to people who committed suicide, and Bike to Heaven, in memory of all cyclists killed by motorists in Prague.

Galeria Jaqueline Martins will present recent works that carry on with Kintera’s extroverted and critical attitude. His sculptures and moving objects present themselves in a way that the viewers will question its own expectations towards formal art installations. The viewer sees these objects move, but cannot anticipate the movement that should follow the first, something that produces a feeling of not-knowing and of the constant danger of being agitated. Still, it’s difficult to avoid being fascinated by the playfulness the moving objects exude. The transformative moment is important in Kintera’s work. He remodels mundane or common objects or places them in new, unusual contexts, using the principle of the ready-made. Along with story-telling and the humorous aspects of his works, a second glance reveals their deeper layers of meaning, their critical facets, serious undercurrent and the questions which they raise. They are inherently ambivalent. Thus, to Kintera, the art show becomes a playground and the beholder’s uneasiness becomes the basis for re-experiencing accustomed surroundings.