Exhibitions

The third exhibition of the Studio Hrdinů (Studio of Heroes) takes place in the foyer of the Studio Hrdinů and is entitled Quoted Comedian as a response to the performance Emotional Comedian directed by Jan Horák and Michal Pěchouček and freely interpreting the life of Julius Fučík. The two directors intentionally do not develop the traditional political view of his personality but aims at showing Fučík with his specific social temperament with references to themes of heroism and martyrdom – both often connected with his personality.
The main characters of the multi-layered composition Saint George and John Huss by Anna Hulačová may be interpreted as a symbolic meeting of iconic religious figures, capriciously desinterpreted and manipulated in the name of the ideology the main character of the performance Emotional Comedian served. In a stylized sculptural group depicting the battle of Saint George the motif the fight between the good and the evil is made difficult in the sense of the specifically Czech approach to generally accepted values such as religion, heroism and sacrifice. Saint George is just about to kill John Huss. John Huss, who was primarily a Church reformer similarly as later Calvin and Luther, did not fight against the Church and everything that came from the West and mostly from Germany as people were made to believe under the communist regime. The statue of Saint George on the second courtyard of Prague Castle is mostly seen as a figure from a fairytale. Similarly, Fučík cannot be seen only as a fiery ideologist but as a child of his time who followed his temperament more than his intellect and reason. The myth of a martyr refers to prejudices connected with ideologically disturbed historical interpretation of values to which we have hopefully only temporarily lost the key and it also refers to the ambivalence of sacred and profane view of the world.
The musical motive Tree by Markéta Lisá refers to material which contributes to the creation of myths in general, in this case it is Fučík´s liking for romanticism and his approach to nature, which was based on Mácha´s poetry and the aesthetics of the revival movement rather than the period liking for tramping of his contemporaries.

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