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Dialogue of Forces

For three years, the Elsi and František Kyncl Exhibitions Dialogue of Forces has been waiting for a “new life.” In the meantime Pavel Vašíček, who organized the exhibit in the Topič Salon, has passed away. It was with childlike astonishment that he observed these hanging spatial structures of Kyncl, as they quivered and rotated in the air (therefore, we photographed them for you from all angles). In the meantime, Elsi Kyncl’s eyesight became weaker, but the ability of her inner vision of the world and of her art in its special colorfulness and variety of forms down to the smallest detail remained just as strong as her mind: open and cheerful. Meanwhile, we also mark František Kyncl’s eightieth birthday, which he did not live to see.

Kyncl's subtle structures uncover the geometric power of the foundation and essence of the universe. František was not a mathematician. Mathematics “was in him” – in the same way that bees intuitively build their honeycombs, he glued together bamboo skewers with epoxy, and they grew elegantly like trees, both symmetrical and crooked, under the influence of the breath of the landscape. (Imagine his exhibition, for example, in a garden!) Alongside the living structures of František, Elsi exhibits her own cycle entitled Dance of Death or Totentanz. The black lines ripple right next to the white ones, which takes one’s breath away.
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Topičův salon
14. July - 15. August 2014
Curator: Petr Svoboda

Elsi - František Kyncl
Dialogue of Forces - Harmony of Energies

Elsi and František, two forces, two energies, a symbolic dialogue of the Earth and the Cosmos. The level-headed patient angel Elsi, who draws her energy and quiet strength from the depths of the archetypal Magna Mater memory, and the pilgrim František, an eternal explorer and traveller, churning out his inexhaustible energy in the search to touch at the core entity and original cause of subtle structures hidden in the parallel cosmological infinity of space-time and the very meaning of its order.

František, an exile, later sentenced in absentia by a Czechoslovak socialist court to an unconditional prison sentence, who logically does not return in 1968 from his official and legal study trip to Italy but departs from Austria and settles in Dusseldorf; a city spread out along the shores of the magnificent Rhine which by its character and landscape morphology most resembled his native environment of Pardubice, a place he never left in his heart of hearts.

Elsi, the beautiful angel, daughter of a famous Essen architect, who from her youth was surrounded by a rich cultural environment, soon gives up to everyone's surprise her own budding independent creative ways, and devotes all her strength and dedication to the significant Dusseldorf Mayer Gallery. There, with her proverbial care she creates the conditions to facilitate exhibitions of many up and coming artists who today belong to the context of world art; among them were Jean Tinguely, Joseph Beuys, Gerhardt Richter, Georg Baselitz, Norbert Kricke and Keith Flaring. The entire existing artwork of Elsi remained long hidden in the basement of the house where she lived together with František - although a chosen few were occasionally allowed a peek. Only thanks to the attentive eye and the far-sighted activity of Jan Placák, were Elsi's drawings exhibited in his gallery Ztichlá klika in Prague; that's when their inner strength and ability were revealed in their full force and beauty, and even after many years in hiding, managed again to reach out and grab the attention of a viewer's mind.

Once the pilgrim František settles in Dusseldorf, he searches for his own place – a creative space and facilities where he could continue his interrupted journey. He works hard for a merchant with rare carpets but then refuses a guaranteed career in this lucrative field and chooses the uncertainty of a free independent artist - as he enters the studio of Professor Gerhard Hoehma at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. Before his departure into exile, the form and nature of his work touched mainly upon constructivism, as it was presented by the movement led by the prominent Czech theoretician Arsén Pohribný. This mutual co-operation continued even after František s departure to Germany because Pohribný was also forced to leave behind the promised oppressive dumpling of normalization offered by the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic - he settled abroad and lectured at the Universities of Basel and Milan.

Although František Kyncl´s work is based on the aesthetics of constructivism manifests to some extent, his inner character, insight and distinctive sarcasm safely protected him from slipping into the stance of an formal outside construction design play with a blind adoration of a technicist positivist faith. On the other hand, František's esprit and his aristocratic elegance along with his ability to sensitively penetrate beneath the surface of events and the perceptions stimulating his mind and surrounding his existence, continually drove him with unflagging energy and force to touch deeper and more intimately upon the hot marrow of the meaning of the Act of Birth and along with it the primary essence of the principle of cosmological order in the Universe.

Through his monostructures designed by nature on the metaphysical order of the Divine Trinity and treated in a clearly articulated rhythm inscribed into geometric shapes - the vertical, circle, cube, triangle, oval or diagonal - in the end the ultimate impact is that he creates his own peculiar symbolic language, expressing his intimate communication with the timeless eternal dimension of the space universe.

How František Kyncl perceived his creative journey, mission and his existence in the macrocosm and microcosm, is best described in his own written credo of 1994:

Why am I doing this as I do it, here's a little clarification

Probably since my boyhood, I felt a desire for some inner order and orientation which would make sense. Later I began to be attracted by some sort of intangible principles hidden behind the boundaries of the visible. WHY: light and darkness, heat and cold, the changing of the seasons, laughter and tears, the abundance of scents and smells, the sun, moon, stars, and what is behind those stars? Is there an end to the universe, or is „our universe“ part of another, and is that one even greater, and where then is the end of this universe... INFINITE...

Portrait, tree, landscape, doe, apple, rose - beautiful visible forms however they cannot exist without the „invisible structure“!

 

This time, my first and „most important“ discovery!

And then, like a full stop after one chapter:
POINT-LINE-TRIANGLE- -PYRAMID – visual elements, which I would like to use to express the regularities of natural structures and constructions.

I do not consider myself a painter or sculptor, I do not know who I am.

All I know is that I admire the structure of clouds and birds, the structure of snowflakes and raindrops, dawn and twilight, the construction of animals, passions of hope and sadness.

I admire and I bow before the structures of long ago and today, as well as the structures of the future - STRUCTURES OF INFINITY.

Düsseldorf, June 1994, F. Kyncl


The exhibition of František Kyncl in the Topič Salon in Prague is not biographical because it is not possible to present and fully encompass the whole range of the artist's work. Yet, it includes all the important clues that František left behind on his artistic journey and the spheres of interest which he touched upon and dealt with. Part of the exhibition is his phonetic recordings of sounds and scents created in the mid-twentieth century, which he transformed ten years later into the concept of phonetic paintings inspired by musical motifs. Also included, and for the author so important, are the spatial structures in the form of perforated monotypes, objects, reliefs and paintings; in which he endowed the newly discovered secrets pieced together into parallel universes in the form of a message which he implanted in us to arouse uneasiness in our minds and bring tension to the often banal earthly existence. The drawings of Elsi which were created decades ago, as well as those on which she began to work after the favorable responses to the exhibition in Ztichlá klika in Prague, start to become, through their clean lines, a metaphor, an abbreviation and a clear imprint of her always so clear and direct vision, in which she connects and combines the two bodies on paper, the human body with the body of the Earth.

The exhibition of Elsi and František Kyncl in the Topič Salon is actually their first joint presentation, a symbolic circle with an inscribed spiral, expressing dialogue between two forces, one external, expansively wandering and searching for the infinity of the universe, and a second force, an anchor, an inner one, based on the vitality and spirit of the great materia of Terra Mater. The dialogue with harmony, tenderness and the silent cry of both artists – and not only in their artistic expression or symbols – let this be for all of us a certain instruction and at the same time also a memento of our own ascent and stabilization. Just as the French poet Jean Arthur Rimbaud wrote in his poem Phrases:
„I stretched out ropes from spire to spire; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star, and I dance.“
Petr Svoboda

 

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František Kyncl

21. 11. 1934 - 14. 7. 2011

21. 11. 1934  born in Pardubice
1950-1953    School of Applied Arts, Prague
1953-1957    Higher School of Applied Arts, Prague
1969-1971    Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf – under Professor Gerhard Hoehme

František Kyncl spent his youth in Pardubice, where he returned after completing his art studies and fulfilling his army duties at the Army Art Studio. In Pardubice he worked as a graphic artist in advertising, on his own art projects and co-founded the Young Ones Group. He had close ties with a group of young Polish artists, especially with Marian Bogusz, and participated in their symposiums in Poland. In 1962 he visited the former Soviet Union, where in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) he discovers the Russian avantgarde art and constructivism of the 20's. A few years later, in 1966, he takes the opportunity to briefly visit Austria and Italy – and in Rome he makes an important encounter with the paintings of Lucio Fontana. In 1968 he organized, together with the Young Ones Group, an international symposium – Artchemo in Pardubice. In 1968 he received official approval to visit Austria again from the Association of Czechoslovak Fine Artists. There, in 1969, he received a letter from his father informing him that he has been sentenced in absentia to time in prison for leaving the country without permission. The same year František Kyncl left Austria and moved to West Germany, at first to Essen where he worked as a labourer and later as a salesman of luxury carpets. After his first solo exhibition in Essen, Professor Hoehme accepts him in his class at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. He lives in Düsseldorf with his wife Elsi util his dead on 14. July 2011.

 

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Elsi Spitmann Kyncl

16. 5. 1930

Elsi Kyncl, neé Spitmann, was born 16 May 1930 in Essen. Her father was an architect and contractor who owned a large design agency. Upon the wishes of her father, she left high school before graduating and started working in his office as a draughtswoman. At the same time, she began taking private drawing lessons. At work she met the artist Ferdinand Spindler who moved in the circle of the avant-garde group Zero in Gelsenkirchen. F. Spindler provided her further artistic training, and she later became his wife. From 1957 they lived together in Gelsenkirchen, later in the artists’ colony Halfmannshof located near the city. Here Elsi helped organized exhibitions and in 1968 participated with her husband in Art-chema in Pardubice, where she met František Kyncl, who later became her second husband.

From the beginning of the 1970s she lived with František Kyncl in Düsseldorf. During this time she practically ceased her artistic activity and devoted her talent to her husband, the painter František Kyncl. She began working in one of the most important private German galleries, Gallery Hans Mayer in Düsseldorf. She has not ceased working entirely, however. Gradually she is transforming the plot of land near the house, in which she lived with her husband and in which she still lives, into her largest work yet. Bit by bit, she has transformed the plot into a spectacular garden in which everything comes across as natural. Flowers, trees, bushes, a small lake with fish, small artworks, a number of bird feeders and birdhouses fashioned by hand. The imposing work, which requires at least a little of Elsi’s time each day. Her reward is the natural beauty and song of several dozens of the most varied birds that have found a home in the garden.
Jan Placák

 

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OF ELSI AND FRANTIŠEK KYNCL

Topičův salon

July 15, 2014 - Aug. 15, 2014

Elsi and František, two forces, two energies, a symbolic dialogue of the Earth and the Cosmos. The level-headed patient angel Elsi, who draws her energy and quiet strength from the depths of the archetypal Magna Mater memory, and the pilgrim František, an eternal explorer and traveller, churning out his inexhaustible energy in ... more

PANORAMA I Visit
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František Kyncl
Proč to dělám tak jak to dělám

PANORAMA II Visit
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Monostructure, 1992

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PANORAMA III Visit
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Forked structure, 1991

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Blue monostructure, 1986

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Triptych, 1972

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Picture XV, 1976

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Spatial structure, 1980

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Cube, 1980s

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Cube, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

PANORAMA IV Visit
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Drawing, 1987

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Dwelling, 1960s

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Dwelling (detail), 1960s

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Dwelling (detail), 1960s

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Time 1, 1980`s

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Time 2, 1982

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Time 2 (detail), 1982

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Time 3 (Jiří Kolář), 80. léta

PANORAMA V Visit
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Black monostructure 2, 1980s

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Triptych, 1980s

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Triptych (one of three)

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Time, space, drawing, 1978

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Time, space, drawing, 1978

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Time, space, drawing, 1978

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Time, space, drawing, 1978

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Time, space, drawing, 1978

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Spatial structure, 1980s

PANORAMA VI Visit
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Phonetic painting, 1986

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Trap, 1967

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Trap, 1967

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Monostructure

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Monostructure, 1969

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Time, 1981

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Time, 1981

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Time, 1981

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Time, 1981

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Time, 1981

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Time, 1981

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Time, 1981

PANORAMA VII Visit
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Trap, 1971

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Monostructure, 1986

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Monotype, 1966

PANORAMA VIII Visit
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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Spatial structure, 1980s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Black ink drawing, no date

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Dance of Death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Dance of death, 2010s

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Black ink drawing, no date

PANORAMA IX Visit
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Blue-beige structure, 1980s

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Blue-beige structure, 80. léta

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Geometric structure, 1980

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Geometric structure, 1984

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Black monostructure, 1986

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Linear drawing No. 18, 1960s

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Black ink drawing, 1972

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Elsi Spitmann Kyncl
Black ink drawing, 1967

PANORAMA X Visit
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Phonetic painting, 1986

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Manifest of entangled eight, 1999

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Monostructure, 1986

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Monostructure, 1980s

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Monostructure, 1980s

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