ABOUT THE FAIR
solo presentation Krištof Kintera
MARKTHALLE // Viaduktstrasse 10 // CH-4051 Basel // Switzerland
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, The Netherlands 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.
The works by Krištof Kintera are included in many private and public collections. His work is exhibited worldwide; he had numerous museum shows included solo exhibitions like I am not you at Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland (2014) and Your Light is My Life at Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2015).
PREVIEW + PUBLIC OPENING // MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015
GUEST OF HONOR PREVIEW 10 am – 12 pm
VIP / PRESS PREVIEW 12 – 2 pm
VERNISSAGE 2 – 5 pm
Monday is free and open to everyone after 2 pm! Join us at Markthalle for a mid-afternoon Vernissage and celebration for exhibiting artists. Monday's free public hours continue until 7 pm.
MONDAY, JUNE 15
2 – 7 pm
TUESDAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – 20
10 am – 7 pm
CLOSED ON SUNDAY