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The film shows the house of Čestmír Suška and Naďa Rawová, where one of the first unofficial symposiums took place in July 1980 and which was soon followed by others (Netvořice 81, Mutějovice 83 and others). This led to a series of Confrontations (1984–1987) – exhibitions of the youngest generation of artists.

The sculptor Čestmír Suška, later a member of the group Tvrdohlaví, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague that year and had his first solo exhibition. He and his wife, artist Naďa Rawová bought a former inn in Malechov near Klatovy where they organized a summer symposium which was attended not only by artists but also by architects, musicians and filmmakers; established artists Adriena Šimotová and Ivan Kafka were also invited to take part. At that time Suška devoted himself to art interventions and linking of art and theatre. Art was presented in a similar way at the symposium, the house became an environment full of installations and minor performances, so-called „actors‘ actions“. This is how Čestmír Suška described the situation: „the viewer walked through wet laundry, a tram in motion, a parents‘ room, a group of white seals on a seashore, walked in vain around a party in full swing but was able to watch only shadows and if he climbed up a ladder to look over a high wall from behind which a sharp light was coming, he was filmed. The event became very successful and was repeated the following year. The two events in Malechov became a part of a sequence of activities of this circle of artists. In 1981 Čestmír Suška initiated also the exhibition of sculptures Malostranské dvorky (Malá Strana Yards), where people were given a map of the centre of Prague with marked places where they could find site-specific installations by different artists. Together with filmmaker Michal Baumbruck and composer of minimalist music Pavel Richter he founded an Art theatre Kolotoč (Merry-go-round) which later became the basis of the Prague Five with the theatre Sklep. Michal Baumbruck, a graduate of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, made a film in Malechov in 1980 capturing the atmosphere of the event and documenting the exhibited works. He also participated in the above mentioned events as an artist and also documented several other art events, such as the symposium organized by Jiří Sozanský in Terezín (film Pevnost, 1980).

 

Terezie Nekvindová

 

Malechov, July 1 – July 31, 1980, exhibiting artists: Michal Baumbruck, Michal Blažek, Pavel Büchler, Luboš Fidler, Martin Janíček, Ivan Kafka, Miroslav Kodym, Jessica Langford, Naďa Rawová, Tomáš Ruller, Jiří Zběžek, Václav Smolík, Jiří Sýkora, Adriena Šimotová, Mirka Zöllichová

 

Acknowledgment: Michal Baumbruck, Čestmír Suška, Jonáš Richter

 

In the Window to the Archive programme the AVU Research Center in Prague (VVP AVU) in conjunction with Artyčok.tv regularly release works from the VVP AVU video archive. The selection for Artyčok.tv focuses on older works (materials from the end of the 20th century), works bordering on video art, film and documentation, or on purely documentary materials related to the recent development of Czech and Slovak visual art.

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