The project, which has been organised by GASK’s curators Richard Drury, Veronika Marešová, Adriana Primusová, and Vanda Skálová, presents eight artists, all of them distinctive figures on the contemporary Czech art scene: Adéla Matasová (*1940), Jiří Středa (*1956), Veronika Šrek Bromová (*1966), Lukáš Rittstein (*1973), Dagmar Šubrtová (*1973), Kryštof Hošek (*1984), Martin Kocourek (*1976), Jan Kovářík (*1980) and Pavel Šimíček (*1981).
The project’s focus is on creating a dialogue between the artworks’ symbolic message and the panoramic setting of the GASK gardens. Against the backdrop of the changing natural scenery, the artworks explore the ‘eternal questions’ of identity and of the problematic
relationship between civilisation and nature within the context of the monumental cultural-spiritual memory of this location. While the conceptual ‘partner’ of the sculpture park at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark is the inspirational view of the sea, at GASK the inspiration comes from the architectural landmarks of the Jesuit College and the Church of St Barbara, and also from the view of Kutná Hora’s historical town centre that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
Open-air GASK is envisioned as a long-term project through which the gardens will be gradually transformed into a stimulating ‘art zone’ with close ties to the gallery’s exhibition schedule. In the interest of creating a conceptual connection between GASK’s ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’, we have removed the glass information panels located on the site of the Baroque lime kiln behind the south-western part of the Jesuit college. With the addition of benches, the area freed up in this way will offer an attractive place for visitors to rest while also serving as a stage for distinctive works of art capable of communicating with the surrounding historical setting.
The first art object to be installed in this important location is Veronika Šrek Bromová’s Planet – a metal sphere with pockets filled with soil that will act as flowerpots. Since the installation of this work brings to a close the project’s spring season, we would like to invite the local public to an organised event at which they can help plant Planet and thus engage in a dialogue regarding the project as a whole. We also invite local residents to remember
Planet on their summer strolls through town and to help it grow and flower with a little bit of attention and a few bottles of water. Our goal is for the presence of this work on the site of the lime kiln to communicate with the local setting and the local community and thus to revive the subject of public art while accentuating the work’s strong environmental subtext of caring for the environment in which we live.
Open-air GASK will change the exhibited sculptures and installations on an ongoing basis, thus offering visitors new opportunities for enjoying our gardens as a ‘harbour of comfort
and learning’. At the same time, the works invite visitors to come inside and experience our rich programme of exhibitions and other activities!
Dagmar Šubrtová – DRY YOUNG TREE and THE ONE WHO WAS FORGOTTEN
Lukáš Rittstein – BIRD OF PARADISE
Jan Kovářík – OF – 02
Veronika Šrek Bromová – PLANET
Kryštof Hošek – THERE IS MORE
Adéla Matasová – RAIN WALL IV
Pavel Šimíček – LAPUTA III and V
The Open-air GASK project received financial support from the Town of Kutná Hora.