Diary as Art Form: Jiří Kolář and Diary 1968


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Curator Milena Kalinovská presents the work of Jiří Kolář, a key figure of the Czech avant-garde

Jiří Kolář was a key figure of the Czech avant-garde. Already an exceptional poet, he turned to collage techniques for his remarkable Diary 1968. This bore witness to the events of the Prague Spring and its later suppression by Soviet forces, in a series of multi layered collages of texts, newspaper cuttings, paintings, leaflets and other found matter. A talk by curator Milena Kalinovská.

Milena Kalinovská co-curated the major 2018 retrospective Jiří Kolář: Grimace of the Century at the National Gallery in Prague while serving as its Director of Modern and Contemporary Art. She was previously Director of Public Programs at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Director of The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and Adjunct Curator at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. She has worked with artists such as Richard Deacon, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nan Goldin, Antony Gormley, Isaac Julien, Cildo Meireles, Annette Messager, Mariko Mori, Richard Prince, Nancy Spero, Bill Viola, and Kara Walker. Kalinovska worked on the Gwangju Biennale 2004 in South Korea, has served on the national advisory committee of Art21 PBS programs, and has received a number of awards including a nomination for the Turner Prize.

Presented in association with the Czech Centre, London.


Name: Diary as Art Form: Jiří Kolář and Diary 1968
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