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Václav Magid is an artist, theoretician, curator and, last but not least, a bass player, whose activities often intertwine aspects from these close areas. As an artist on strong theoretical foundations, his curatorial projects are often conceived as an extensive artistic or theoretical project, and in his artistic work, visuality meets music, as is the case, for example, in Twelve Movements (2015) or his installation created for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award finalist exhibition in 2013. Part of this project were abstract drawings of scores or a video with political slogans made into music. Politics, social issues and involvement often appear in Magid’s artistic and theoretical work, such as in the exhibition Epimenides Lessons (Fotograf Gallery, 2014), satirically presenting leftist discourse in confrontation with ordinary details of everyday life, or in articles such as Contradictions of Activist Art (Artalk.cz, 2013) or A Brief History of Shock (Nový Prostor, 2014). In some of his projects, he also dealt with critiques of art operation and art institutions, such as his curated exhibition A Place for a Project in the UM Gallery (2007), which revealed the selection and grant procedure itself. Magid studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in the studios of Zdeněk Beran and Jiří David and then also at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design under Kurt Gebauer and again Jiří David. He also studied at Charles University, where he continued to study philosophy and aesthetics after the human sciences. Between 2012 and 2016, he lectured at the Brno Faculty of Fine Arts, where he also worked as an assistant professor. He also worked at the Research Institute at the Academy of Fine Arts, where, between 2007 and 2018, he was head of the editorial board of the Workbook for Art, Theory and Related Zones. In 2018, he was the guest curator of Kurzor Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, where he presented a seven-part cycle called Conditions of Impossibility.

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