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Adam Vačkář – First and Last Things – Colloredo–Mansfeldský palác
First and Last Things
Galerie hlavního města Prahy
Karlova 2, Praha 1
Exhibition will continue from 19.9. till 30.11.2014
The title of Adam Vackar’s exhibition in the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace paraphrases the eponymous book by H. G. Wells, and accordingly pursues the subject of a spiritually decaying society and the consequences of material overproduction.
The artist returns to the iconographically established genre of “nature morte” which became widespread mainly in the 17th century. Vačkářʼs works, however, are not canvases but photographs of withering or artificial flowers, the latter combined with fresh ones without offering a first-sight distinction between the two. The series of photographs is accompanied by a project entitled Margin of Hope, created in Morocco in early 2014. It documents the clash between consumer society and the original native community and employs plastic bottles as a launching pad for further elaboration, as well as a catalyst of faith in a brighter future. Vačkář reserved some space in the ballroom of the palace for ambient minimalist music and a display of musical scores the “notes” of which he punched out by gun shots.
Adam Vačkář (*1979) studied at the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris.