May 20, 2005 - Prague Biennale - Expanded Painting and Acción Directa: May 26 – September 15, 2005
May 20, 2005

Expanded Painting and Acción Directa: May 26 – September 15, 2005

Prague Biennale 2
Expanded Painting
Acción Directa

May 26 - September 15, 2005
Opening: 26-28 May, 2005

Karlin Hall
Thamova 14
Prague 8 

www.praguebiennale.org

Prague Biennale Foundation is proud to present the second edition of the Prague Biennale, curated by Giancarlo Politi and Helena Kontova, following the enormous success of the first Biennale.

With the kind support of Mr.Vaclav Havel, the writer, playwriter and politician
GENERAL SPONSOR: MATTONI MINERAL WATERS
Prague Biennale 2 will take place in a vast post-industrial space that has been specifically adapted for what will be the largest exhibition in Europe dedicated to todays painting, demonstrating the crossing of styles, techniques, cultures and traditions in contemporary art. The Biennale will focus on two main themes: Expanded Painting – Painting and Around, and Acción Directa: Latin America Social Sphere.

EXPANDED PAINTING (curated by Helena Kontova and Giancarlo Politi, along with the collaboration of a distinguished team of critics and artists) includes more than 100 artists representative of the most recent developments and latest trends in painting. Today’s painting is the subject of heated debates sometimes marginalized, sometimes greeted with elation. The works presented here confront painting in many of its variations and forms of expression, from the most traditional to the most transgressive, as well as addressing the medium’s dialogue with photography, installation and performance.
Artists: Patrizia Alemanno, Janis Avotins, Diann Bauer, Franz Baumgartner, Blue Noses, Michaël Borremans, Nina Bovasso, Varda Caivano, Juan Francisco Casas, Maurizio Cattelan, Jiri Cernicky, Rabiya Choudry, Jan Christensen, Valentina D’Amaro, Jacob Dahlgren, Jiri David, Nuno de Campos, Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Anna Galtarossa, Sandra Gamarra, Torben Giehler, Xenia Gnilitskaya, Bendix Harms, Alona Harpaz, Hans Hemmert, Damien Hirst, hobbypopMUSEUM, Jakub Hosek, Markus Huemer, Kika Karadi, Ziga Kariz, John Kørner, David Krippendorff, Graham Little, Liisa Lounila, Rory Macbeth, DeAnna Maganias, Victor Man, Miltos Manetas, Alisa Margolis, Janice McNab, Jim Medway, Birgit Megerle, Dawn Mellor, Angelo Mosca, Audrey Nervi, Jacco Olivier, Alexandra Paperno, Seb Patane, Polys Peslikas, Gabriele Picco, Luca Rento, Anselm Reyle, Zbigniew Rogalski, Ugo Rondinone, Wilhelm Sasnal, Maaike Schoorel, Shirana Shahbazi, Raqib Shaw, Isabel Simões, Susanne Simonson, Martina Steckholzer, Ágnes Szépfalvi, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, David Ter-Oganyan, Rui Toscano, Anna Tuori, Koen van den Broek, Iris Van Dongen, Pieter Vermeersch, Fabien Verschaere, Francesco Vezzoli, Stella Vine, Maja Vukoje, Andro Wekua.

NEW GERMAN PAINTING – The Leipzig and Dresden schools (curated by Johannes Schmidt)
Through the latest generation of German painters, this exhibition aims to investigate two of the most significant schools in current painting, which have evolved from masters such as Neo Rauch and Eberhard Havekost.
Artists: Tilo Baumgärtel, Martin Borowski, Markus Draper, Isabelle Dutoit, Martin Eder, Tim Eitel, Tom Fabritius, Eckehard Fuchs, Ralf Hellmann, Olaf Holzapfel, Matthias Kistmacher, Thoralf Knobloch, Martin Kobe, Jörg Lozek, Martin Mannig, Frank Nitsche, Ulf Puder, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Sophia Schama, Julia Schmidt, David Schnell, Matthias Weischer.

NORMAL GROUP (curated by Luca Beatrice) A presentation of the artist group Normal, which was founded by two Czech painters, Milan Kunc and Jan Knap, with their German colleague Peter Angermann in the 1980s.

A TRIBUTE TO GIAN MARCO MONTESANO
A selection of some of the Italian masters most extraordinary paintings.

CHINA: New Perspectives in Chinese Painting (curated by Primo Marella and Francesca Jordan)
The latest pictorial trends in China, promising to be a real surprise for Europe.

Artists: Feng Zhengjie, Fu Hong, He Sen, Li Dafang, Ma Liuming, Yang Qian, Zeng Hao, Zhang Xiaotao, Zhou Tiehai.

KINETIC ART (curated by Getulio Alviani) The first real European avant-garde after World War II.
Artists: Yaacov Agam, Josef Albers, Getulio Alviani, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Marina Apollonio, Henryk Berlewi, Enrico Castellani, Andreas Christen, Gianni Colombo, Toni Costa, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gabriele De Vecchi, Milan Dobes, Gerard Von Graevenitz, Julije Knifer, Edoardo Landi, Julio Le Parc, Peter Lowe, Manfredo Massironi, Almir Mavignier, François Morellet, Ivan Picelj, Jesus Raphael Soto, Bridget Riley, Jeffrey Steele, Joël Stein, Paul Talman, Victor Vasarely, Ludwig Wilding and Ryszard Winiarski

ACCIÓN DIRECTA: Latin American Social Sphere (curated by Marco Scotini) is the opposite side of painting, its ideological and political alter ego. The featured artists are the latest visionaries of art as political and social action, attempting to fill the void of politics by means of rebellion and guerrilla strategies. The exhibition offers a study of the relationship between artistic production and political action in countries such as Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina.
Artists: Brooke Alfaro, Erick Beltrán, Beth Bird, Wilbert Carmona, Jota Castro, Raimond Chaves, Rolando Cladera, La Comunitaria TV, Alexandre da Cunha, José Davila, Regina José Galindo, Ronith Gitelman & José Ignacio Lezcano, GAC Grupo de Arte Callejero, Guerrillavision, Patrick Hamilton, Federico Herrero, KanalB, Maria Rosa Jijon, Ivelisse Jiménez, Grupo 24/7, Aníbal López [A1-53167], Teresa Margolles, Xenia Mejía, Ronald Morán, Gianni Motti, Ivan Navarro, Rodrigo Pacheles, Oliver Ressler, Herbert Reyes, Ernesto Salmerón, Juan Esteban Sandoval, Rosemberg Sandoval, Chemi Rosado Seijo, Santiago Sierra, Ezequiel Suárez, Javier Téllez, Ultra-Red, Tercerunquinto, Francisco Valdes, Wayruro

CZECH & SLOVAK NEW SCENE (curated by Jirí David and Juraj Carny)
A comparison of the artistic production of two countries that have shared history and culture, but which have chosen different paths.
Artists: Veronika Bromová, David Cerny, Stanislav Divis, Milena Dopitová, Groupe Guma Guar, Tomas Hlavina, Pavel Humhal, Jan Kadlec, Kamera Scura, Kristof Kintera, Jan Kotík, Jan Merta, Podebal, Jirí Prihoda, Rafani, Milan Salák, Václav Stratil, Katerina Vincourova (curated by Jirí David)

Erik Binder, Cyril Blazo, Marko Blazo, Anetta Mona Chisa, Richard Fajnor, Victor Freso, Marek Kvetán, Otis Laubert, Ilona Németh, Boris Ondreicka, Dorota Sadovská, Veronika Sramatyová, Lucia Tkácová, Dusan Zahoransky (curated by Juraj Carny)

DEFINITION of EVERYDAY (curated by Vít Havránek, Karel Císar and Ján Mancuska) A curatorial project questioning everyday experience by 12 outstanding Czech and Slovak artists.
Artists: Jesper Alvaer, Zbynek Baladrán, Jirí Kovanda, Lukas Jasansky / Martin Polak, Roman Ondak, Boris Ondreicka, Marketa Othova, Katerina Seda, Jan Serych, Jirí Skala, Petra Petiletá, Tomás Vanek.

POLAND OVERVIEW :(curated by Hanna Wróblewska and Anna Jagiello). A panoramic view of the prevalent Polish scene.
Artists: Cezary Bodzianowski, Rafal Bujnowski, Oskar Dawicki, Katarzyna Górna, Elzbieta Jablonska, Katarzyna Kozyra, Marcin Maciejowski, Robert Maciejuk, Jacek Malinowski, Jadwiga Sawicka, Janek Simon, Aleksandra Went/Alicja Karska, Julita Wójcik, Artur Zmijewski.

OUTSIDER ART (Curated by James Colman.) A selection of Raw Art by the English artists Delaine Le Bas, Damian Le Bas, Wayne Lucas, and Barbara Symmons.

SIDE EVENTS: PlayStation Simone Tosca, Virginia Hackermanns boycott project, Eric Doeringer bootlegs, Laboratorio Saccardis small paintings, and a clothes project by D.G. will all be on sale at Karlin Halls coffee bar. Radek Community presents Kniaz Vladimirs concert/show. Street Art A project created especially for Prague Biennale 2 by Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen, sponsored and inspired by MATTONI Mineral Water. Truck Art presents The Trucker Prize 2005.

For further info: www.praguebiennale.org; info@praguebiennale.org;
Tel. 39 0289054785, 39 026887341 (Flash Art) or 420 776595494 (Prague Biennale Foundation)

Images: Torben Giehler, Bad Redandblue, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 254 x 178 cm. Courtesy of Leo Koenig Inc., New York; Ernesto Salmeron, Auras de Guerra, 2000-2002. Intervenciones dentro del Espacio Publico Revolucionario Nicaraguense. Courtesy of the artist.

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