Window to the VVP AVU Video Archive

Although the project comments on the contemporary visual-cultural scene, it is not to be considered an art presentation. The exhibition balances in a somewhat non-standard way the period of the 1970s and 80s. It goes back to the period of childhood in order to revive the most indigenous sensations. The selected artists form a cross-section of the coming generation of visual artists. Besides artists, who obviously devoted themselves to designing toys, the exhibition also includes for instance the work of architects, curators, stage-designers and graphic artists. It is only time and confrontation with the public that will show who had found “the gold-bearing vein” in the depth of the 1970s and who was able to make the most of it. However, this does not affect the fact that in many places we can find hidden toys – as witnesses of those undocumented times unburdened by too much knowledge.
Milan Salák – Jan Kadlec, text accompanying the exhibition, 1999

The exhibition Sources of the New Style (1999) curated by the artists Milan Salák and Jan Kadlec took place in the Riding School at the Prague Castle. The curators displayed in glass show-cases toys belonging to forty artists, art theoreticians and architects who grew up in the 1970s and 80s. When we look back we realize that the exhibition was partly a serious and partly an ironic commentary of this kinship and an advance signal of the advent of the period of normalization which became a basic source for the work of a number of Czech artists after the year 2000. A part of the exhibition was a video in which some of the artists presented individual toys.

Featuring: David Adamec, Josef Bolf, Veronika Drahotová, Radka Exnerová, Radek Hanák Ondřej Chrobák, Jan Kadlec, Pavel Kappel, Lucie Loosová, Pavel Malina, Pavlína Morganová, Osamu Okamura, Jaromír Pesr, Michal Pěchouček, Jolana Ruchařová, Milan Salák, Jiří Skála, Sláva Sobotovičová, Vít Soukup, Tomáš Svoboda, Jáchym Šerých, Mark Ther, Radek Váňa, Markéta Vaňková, Radek Wohlmuth and others.

Technical notes:
VHS tape digitization. A technical error occurs between the 31st and 40th second of the recording caused by the original VHS tape.
VHS tape digitization VHS: VVP AVU

We wish to thank Milan Salák for the loan of the recording from the VVP AVU Videoarchive and for his help during the preparation of this documentary.

In “Window to the VVP AVU Video Archive,” the AVU Research Center (VVP AVU) collaborates with Artyč to regularly release works from the VVP AVU video archives. The selection for Artyč focuses on older works (from the late 20th century), works that straddle the line between video art, film and documentation, and purely documentary material related to recent developments in Czech and Slovak visual art.

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