Galerie U Betlémské kaple / Gallery at Bethlehem Chapel
19. February 2015 - 29. March 2015
Curator Petr Vaňous

The exhibition of Jiří Načeradský (1939 - 2014), Josef Bolf (b. 1971) and Lubomír Typlt (b. 1975) presents the work of a former professor and two of his distinguished students. The underlying theme of the project nonetheless brings to the surface something entirely different and more fundamental, which both connects and transcends all three artists. Something that sets them apart from the temporal boundaries which serve to separate generations, so that strict methodology and basic generational causality cease to apply. The exhibition opens up a different reading outside of the standard linear interpretation of so-called art history, as what comes to the fore is the shared preoccupation of all three artists with elaborating a certain visual tradition while simultaneously being engaged in demolishing it and going beyond it.

In order to grasp this tendency which links all three artists and to attempt to define it at least in part, perhaps the most useful method is to go to the very roots and premises of a work of painting, which as a rule lie in the medium of either momentary or definitive drawing. Due to their immediacy and openness, works executed on paper are generally highly revealing in terms of the background of the artist’s specific means of “thinking through form.”

This represents a truly peculiar way of “thinking”, one which is synthetic and comprehensive in nature. The selection of works on exhibition deliberately eschews any set of previously established criteria. It includes drawings of various provenance and character (sketches, studies, gouaches, stand-alone drawings, etc.). The only criterion of the curatorial approach is an emphasis on a kindred resonance of expression which runs through the individual works.

Decisive here is the approach of all three artists to their work, as it shows a similar stance in relating to the past, as something which must be modified and put through the test of contemporary aesthetics. This is not about renouncing the past, but rather to extract from it that which resonates most with the present. And conversely, to integrate heterogeneous elements of contemporaneity within the dismantled matrixes of tradition, so that the painting remains in touch with its own time, while fulfilling its basic function – to break into its own time and render it into form.

In principle, regardless of generation, one can note a parallel approach towards painting with all three artists. Their work re-establishes contact with a reality whose visual appearance is ever-changing, volatile and elusive. Breaking through into “one’s own time” is a difficult task, requiring great patience and a systematic concept of work, with the risk of error or going astray.

Being a painter means upholding the right to an individual stance of resistance, an attitude critical of the consequences of normative operational thought, each time choosing afresh an ever-renewed freedom of expression. A critical attitude towards contemporary culture and the ways of its subversion are the measure of continuous renewal only if one simultaneously succeeds in renewing the individual within a wide spectrum of abilities and possibilities. And this is never possible without the past, which is just as unknown and mysterious as the horizon of the future.
Petr Vaňous

Exhibition plan

Josef Bolf

7. 10. 1971

born 7 October 1971 in Prague • During the period 1990–1998 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under professors Jiří Načeraský, Vladimír Kokolia and Vladimír Skrelp • In 1995 he was on work-study at the Konsthögskolan in Stockholm • In 1996 he was on work-study at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart • In 1996 he participated in the residency program at the Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern in Freising • In 2007 he received a scholarship and participated in the ISCP – International Studio and Curatorial Program – in New York • Member of the group BJ (Headless Horseman, active from 1998 to 2002) with Ján Mančušká, Jan Šerých and Tomáš Vaněk.




Jiří Načeradský

9. 9. 1939 - 16. 4. 2014

born 9 September 1939 in Sedlce na Benešovsku • From 1957–1963 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under Professor Vlastimil Rada • From 1968 to 1969 lived on scholarships in northern France and Paris • During the period 1969–1989 was boycotted by the Communist regime as an artist and lived by restoring historic building facades • Since 1987 he has been a member of the Free Group 12/15 Better Late than Never • After 1989 he worked as the director of the Figural and Monumental Painting Atelier at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and in the School of Fine Arts at the Brno University of Technology • In 1991 he was named Professor • Died 16 April 2014 in Prague.




Lubomír Typlt

6. 6. 1975

born 6 June 1975 in Jilemnice • Attended the Václav Hollar Art School in Prague, 1989–1993 • From 1993–1997 attended the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the field of illustration with Professor Jiří Šalamoun • 1997–2001 attended the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno in the field of painting under Professor Jiří Načeradský • From 1998–2005 attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Professor Markus Lüpertz (1998–1999), Professor Gerhard Merz (2000–2002) and Professor A. R. Penck • In 2005 he received his Akademiebrief • Author of the texts and visual aspects of the group WWW (CD Neurobeat, 2006, and Tanec sekyr, Atomová včela, 2013).




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