Krištof Kintera

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Kunsthal Rotterdam, 2015

Public Juke Box, 2013-2014

Nervous Trees, 2013

It Is Beginning, 2004

I Am Sick Of It All, 2003

Krištof Kintera (1973) is probably today’s most challenging and respected artist working in the Czech Republic. His works mainly explore the boundaries of contemporary sculpture. Kintera’s practice unfolds from public installations to small kinetic devices. What makes his work special is that he despite this obvious catchiness; he is able to make sharp, often intuitive decisions that produce a far more multi-layered experience. This results in poetic images and an ambiguity, notably in his sculptures, in their engagement with main topics of our times.

The artist oeuvre is rooted in the ‘after the wall’ period of the 90’s, a decade of wild capitalisation in Central and Eastern Europe accompanied by aggressive advertising campaigns in the public space. In this period Kintera produced his now famous Appliances series. These beautiful products, sculptures slickly enclosed in commercial packaging have no other goal than to seduce you. These absurd household appliances clearly illustrate the artist’s ability to create sculptures that are iconic works by engaging with the materiality of objects and with issues of ecology and consumption.

 

After his residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (NL) Kintera’s work has become increasingly communicative and energized; producing pieces that talk, smoke, move, bang and buzz. Simultaneously a shift has taken place in his choice of materials. The materials of his sculptures maintain their physical presence and identity while now being penetrated by other objects. 

In Kintera’s world, fragile trees move nervously, affected by the global issues of our time. He avoids this through playful, creative and direct communication with the audience, as well as paradoxical and ambiguous elements in the work.

Born on the 20th of September 1973
Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic

EDUCATION
1992 – 1999
Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic

2003 – 2004
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
'MAY BE IT IS HERE', Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Your Light is My Life', Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

2014
'OH, NO', Nevan Contempo, Prague, Czech Republic
'I am not you', Tinguely Museum, Basel, Swizerland
'Nervous Trees', Galerie/Schleicher Lange, Berlin, Germany

2013
'Bad News', Gallery Jiri Svetka, Berlin, Germany
'Hollywoodoo', MEM-Fait Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
'Symptoms of Nervosities', Galerie D+T Project, Brussels, Belgium
'Nervous', Galerie Města Blanska, Czech Republic.

2012
'Black Flag', Make Up Gallery, Košice, Slovakia
'Demon of the Growth', Galerie Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany
'Výsledky Analyzy', Galerie Hlavního Města Prahy, Městská Knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic
'Analysis Results', La Station, Nice, France

2011
'There is No Way to Go Now', Obední Dům, Opava, Czech Republic

2010
'Unhappy Coincidence', Galerie Ho, Marseille, France
'A Bigger Problem Than Yours', Galerie JIří Švestka, Berlin, Germany
'The Bigger Problem Than Yours', Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2009
'Lay Down and Shine', Gallery Schleicher Lange, Paris, France
'Holy Spirit Opened', Dům umění, Ostrava, Czech Republic

2008
'Holy Spirit Opened', Galerie Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
'Believe it or not', Východočeská galerie, Pardubice, Czech Republic
'One or two or crowd', Dominik Art Project, Krakow, Poland
'Miracle', Fundament Fundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
'Rituals', V.M. 21 arte contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Volta NY, New York, United States of America
'It and bicycle', Prostějovské muzeum umění, Prostějov, Czech Republic

2007
'Problems on top of problems', Galerie Schleicher+Lange, Paris, France
'The weather is changing', A.M. 180, Prague, Czech Republic

2006
'Revolution', Galeria Potocka, Krakow, Poland
'Carry on as if Everything Was Alright', Galerie Schleicher und Lange, Paris, France
'I am sick of it all', Moravská galerie, Brno, Czech Republic
'Hrubý Domácí Produkt', Galerie Štenberk, Czech Republic

2005
'Power-Play', Galerie Mázhaus, Pardubice, Czech Republic

2004
'Super Natural Special Real', Jiří Švestka gallery, Prague, Czech Republic We´ve got the power!, One man show – art fair Brussels, Belgium

2002
'Can you show me what´s in your bag?', Gallery Open, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
'Privat Revolution', Galerie v Kapli, Bruntál, Czech Republic

2001
Gallery 761, Ostrava, Czech Republic
'Are you all right?', Czech center Munich, Germany
'Are you all right?', La Chaufferie, Strasbourg, France
'It won´t be better!', Gallery Skuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia
'Lepší už to nebude!', Gallery Behémot, Czech Republic

2000
'Gallery of E.Filla', Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic

1999
'Talkmen', Gallery of the City of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
'Painting is watching you', Sternmberský palac, National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic

1997
Gallery U kamene, Cheb, Czech Republic

1996
Gallery Ruce, Prague, Czech Republic

1995
Plumbař, Gallery Mladých, Brno, Czech Republic

1994
Gallery Ruce, Prague, Czech Republic

PERFORMANCES WITH JEDNOTKA/UNIT 

2002
Talkmen

2000
Ikebana

1998
Live
Mr. TV
Art Dealer

1997
An Argument

1996
From the bush

1994
Explosion
STOP
A Walk
The Bible

1993
Message in the bottle
The Granary
The Picnic
Things
The Fly

   

OTHER PROJECTS

2007
Curating group exhibition: Gross Domestic Product at Prague City Gallery
Designing media campaign and interior design for Prague Quadrennial 2007

2005
Designing promo boot for Prague Quadrennial 2007
2 sculptures for National Museum, exhibition Golden Age of Media
creating media campaign and Tv spot for “One World” – international documentary film festival

2004
Working as graphic designer for several art institutuions like Goethe Institut Prague, Prague Quadriennale, Prague City Gallery etc.

2002
Creating TV advert for National Theatre – Looks of Contemporary Drama

1999–01
Founding venue and working as an artistic director in alternative multicultural space UNIVERSAL NOD in Prague, Czech Republic

2001
Designing stage design and acting in theatre performance Passanger of Jednotka/Unit /performed: Czech rep., Slovakia, Chroatia, Germany and more

2000
Designing and making Internet café interior for Café 9.net

1999
Designing stage design and acting in theatre street performance The Life of Fantasy of Jednotka/Unit /performed in 1999-2000 Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania, Chroatia, Germany: touring 1999-2002

1998
Designing multimedia theatre project Strange things of Jednotka/Unit /performed in theatre Alfred ve Dvore – Prague and theatre festival Kolin 1998-99

1996
Stage design in Dejvicke theatre – Prague, Czech Republic

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
'Propopeés', Cent Quatre, Paris, France
'Něha' Prague, Czech Republic
'Balagan !!!', Momentum, Berlin, Germany
'Industriale Immaginario', Collezionemaramotti, Regio Emilia, Italy
'Brave New World', DOX, PRague, Czech Republic
'Levitate', Museum Quartier, Vienna, Austria
'IN THE LEE OF THE IN-BETWEEN', Watou, Belgium
'Publik Juke Box', Oerol, Terschelling, Netherlands
'V codes', Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
'132,54 m2', Galerie Schleicher Lange, Berlin, Germany
'Le Paradis et l'Enfer. Des tapis volants aux drones', Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium

2014
Stalactica, Quincaillerie Vander Eycken, Brussels, Belgium
High Horizons: Bruegel Land, early 21th Century, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
A Book Between Two Stools, Boghosian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium

2013
Truly Flabby Preludes (For a Dog), Maison Popularie, Montreuil, France
Problem is Here, 4 days in Motion, Prague, Czech Republic
Christof Social Club, Hallein, Austria
A La Recherche de la Boheme Perdue, CAN, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Geometrie variable, Reims, France
Images for Images - Artists for Tichy – Tichy for Artists, GASK, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
Daddy you can’t make a cactus…this has been done!, Grimm Museum Berlin, Germany

2012
Cartographies of Hope, DOX, Prague, Czech Republic
Zářicí měsíc, svěží vítr, Litomyšl, Czech Republic
Začátek století, Plzeň, Czech Republic
Oh, Plasticksack!, Gewerbemmuseum Winterthur, Germany

2011
Farbe im Fluss, Museum fur Moderne Kunst Wesenburg, Bremen, Germany
The Mocak Collection, MOCAK, Krakow, Poland
Art on Lake, Budapest, Hungary
Velocypedia, Galerie NTK, Národní technická knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic
6 Nový Zlínský salon mladých, Dům Umění ve Zlíne, Zlín, Czech Republic
Puppen-Projectionsfiguren in der Kunst, Villa Rot Museum, Burgrieden, Germany

2010
Displaced Divisions, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sunday, Ambika P3, London, United Kingdom
Revenge, Tallin Art Hall, Estonia
Schleicher+Lange at temporary Gallery Vienna, Kunstbuero, Wien, Austria

2009
All creatures great and small, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Processing a Mirage, galerie Futura, Prague, Czech Repubic
After Velvet, Prague City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Open 09, Zámek Třebešice, Czech Republic
Mes Dalton, Centre d'Art Contemporain la Chapelle du Genêteil, Château-Gontier, France
New Aqusitions, Museum Ludvig, Budapest
Open Office, Aircraft gallery, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Let Us Be US, Emil Fila Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

2008
Domestic Appliance, Flowers East, London, United Kingdom
Don´t worry be curious, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Uprising, Raw Space Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Socha a objekt, Galerie Kressing, Bratislava, Slovakia
La Foule – 0-infinity, Espace D´art Contemporain La Tolerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Ad Absurdum, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
Where is the mistake? - visuality vs. reality, Povážská galeria Žilina, Slovakia

2007
Going, Staying, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Pay Attention please, 26 cc, Rome, Italy
Big Store, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Constellations, Artissima 14, Torino, Italy
Czech Point, Arsenal Gallery, Poznaň, Poland
Socha a Objekt, Slovenská Národní Galerie, Bratislava, Slovakia

2006
Ten, ta, to, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Shadows of Humor, Mars Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Czech Point, Universal NoD, Prague, Czech Republic
Cinq milliards d´années / Five Milliards Years, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Shift, Galerie Grita Insam, Wienna, Austria
Volta 02, Basel, Switzerland
Tina B, Veletržní palác, Prague, Czech Republic
Pragse Tuin, Gouverneurstuin Assen, The Netherlands
Local Global, Mikkelin, Taidemuseo, Mikkeli, Finland
Art Rock, Rockeffeller Plaza, New York, United States of America
Odlet – Low Cost Generation, České centrum, Prague, Czech Republic
Shadows of Humor, BWA Awangarda, Wroclaw, Poland
Ferne Nahe, Lilienfeld, Austria

2005
Yes Yes Yes Yes – Difference and Repetition in Pictures of the Olbricht Collection, Leverkusen, Germany
Positioning, In the New Reality of Europe, The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporarz Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Czech Photography of the 20th Century, City Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
Living Together, Odapark Venray, The Netherlands
Low tech, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Aller-Retour, Galerie Schleicher & Lange, Paris, France
Prague Biennale II, Prague, Czech Republic

2004
Insiders, Dům pánů z Kunštátu, Brno, Czech Republic
Open Studios, Rijskakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Werre und co., Galerie Rachel Haferkamp, Koln, Germany
Free entrance, Bawag Fundation, Wien, Austria
Breakthrough, Grote Kerk, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Metro, Gallery Priestor, Bratislava, Slovakia
Eastern Alliance, Ort: Lichtturm, Berlin Oberbaum City, Germany
EU-positiv, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
+ 5 Deiska, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ipermercati dell´arte, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy

2003
Czechoslovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia
Young salon, Zlín, Czech Republic
Prague Biennale I, Veletržní palác, Prague, Czech Republic
Survey, Galerie Futura, Prague, Czech Republic
Aus Liebe – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Prag, Remscheid, Germany
Finále, Laueráti ceny J. Chalupeckého, Futura, Czech Republic
Open Studios” Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, The Netherlands 

2002
Fair, Royal Collage of Art, London, United Kingdom
Insideout, Bunker, Actions gallery, Berlin, Germany
Corps et traces, Musee des beaux-arts Nancy, France

2001
Slepená intimita, Galerie Jelení, Prague, Czech Republic
Objekt Objekt, Dům u Černé Matky Boží, Prague, Czech Republic
O člověku, Museum of Czech Fine Art, Prague, Czech Republic
Trienalle of small sculpture, Fellbach, Germany
Borders 2001, Slavonski Brod, Chroatia
To Flow To, Galerie Chromosome, Berlin, Germany
Finale, National Gallery Prague, Veletrzni palac, Prague, Czech Republic

2000
Nests of Games, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
Worthless (Invaluable), Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, Slovenia
UberlebensKunst, Neuer Berliner Kunstwerein, Berlin, Germany
Alles in Bewegung, Galerie Barakk, Berlin, Germany
After the Wall, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hamburger Banhof, Berlin, Germany
The End of the World, National Gallery Prague, Palace Kinskych, Czech Republic
All you can eat, Galerie fur Zeitgennossiche Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Bohemian Birds, Kunst Haus Dresden, Germany

1999
Unplanned Connections, Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
Close Encounters, Naarden, Comenius Museum, The Netherlands
Midnight Walkers and City Sleepers, W-139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ordinary fairytales, Galerie Klatovy - Klenová, Czech Republic
Plug in City, Salon 3, London, United Kingdom
After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
99 CZ, Václavské nám. 15, Prague, Czech Republic
Finale, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

1998
Low Budget, Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
Reciprocita, VŠVU, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Czech Art in 90´’s, Prague City Gallery, Dům u Zlatého Prstenu, Czech Republic
Manifesta II, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Germinations 10, Factory, Athens, Greece
Close Encounters, Naarden, The Netherlands 

1997
AVU, Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
Quiet messeges, Budapest, Hungary
Artwork in Public Spaces, Veletržní palác, Prague, Czech Republic
Show, Štátná galeria v Banské Bystrici, Slovak Republic
Towards the Object, Riverside studios, London, United Kingdom
Metal Sculptures, Gallery of V. Špály, Prague, Czech Republic

1996
Salón, Zlín, Czech Republic
Harvest, Gallery Sýpka, Vlkov, Czech Republic
Exteriér vs. Interiér, Cosmos, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Biennial of Young Artists II, Dům U Kamenného zvonu, Prague, Czech Republic

1995
Test Run, Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
AVU, Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
Bienalle of small sculpture, Murska Subota, Slovenia
Real Pictures, Gallery Sýpka, Vlkov, Czech Republic

1994
Gallery AFFA, Prague, Czech Republic
Gallery Sýpka, Vlkov, Czech Republic
New Names, Gallery of V. Špály, Prague, Czech Republic
AVU, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

1993
AVU U Hybernů, Dům U Hybernů, Prague, Czech Republic
Hermit II, Monastery Plasy, Prague, Czech Republic