The Kurt´s / The Studio of Universal Sculpture on Kurt Gebauer‘s Eightieth Birthday
Created: 7. 6. 2021 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

THE KURT´S
The Studio of Universal Sculpture on Kurt Gebauer‘s Eightieth Birthday

9. 6. – 31. 7. 2021

 
Gallery UM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1

Open:
Tuesday, June 8th, from 7 pm to 10 pm, and Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm until the 31st July 2021.

 

 Welcome to the world of universal sculpture!

At least one sculptor for each hamlet, a statue for each street.

 In the places where nature and history did not give anything nice for the eye to see, there is a place for universal sculpture, ie painting, installation, performance, good architecture, landscape, or sculpture, when the human eye gets bored it starts to misbehave.

 Kurt Gebauer

 

Only a few educators mean so much to students that they are in contact with them long after graduation. One of them is the sculptor, Professor Emeritus Kurt Gebauer, who led the Sculpture Studio from 1990 to 2012 and worked at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague (UMPRUM) until 2015. This August he will celebrate his 80th birthday and his students have prepared an exhibition for him, which will also be a celebration of this significant jubilee.

 Kurt Gebauer has been associated with UMPRUM since the early 1990s when its current form was shaped. Studying in the Studio of Universal Sculpture meant a lot. More than 150 students passed through it, among them, for example, David Černý, Lenka Klodová, Dagmar Šubrtová or Václav Magid. Young sculptors acquired their practical and debate skills in the freest time this country has ever experienced and in one of the most open studios of its time.

 I really enjoy working with students. We did a lot of events at UMPRUM. Students, and therefore graduates, are like family to me. Some adopted me as their dad," laughs Kurt Gebauer. "I am in contact with many, some scattered around the world, but we still call, sometimes see each other, or at least I watch what is happening in their lives. There were several exhibitions, participation in symposia, competitions, and we know about each other‘s activities. The family is alive. In Třeboň, in the attic of the chateau, we kicked off a permanent exhibition of student and post-student work, the next one will be in a baroque granary in Drahkov in the Benešov region.”

 The installation in the UM Gallery combines the work of Kurt Gebauer with the energy and work of his students. From Gebauer, there will be a large series of figural Trumpets from 2016 – 2020 on display, and a beautiful as yet unexhibited girl's nude, on which the sculptor worked in the years 1978 - 2018. The dominant feature in the background of the exhibition hall is a large portrait of Kurt Gebauer, created by Diana Winkler from photographs from the life of the studio and the contemporary work of its students. The project also includes videos and the so-called Kurtionnaire, messages from graduates, how they are doing, what they are doing, and how their work continues. In the middle of the room on the large table, there will be a place for sculptures - gifts from students and graduates of the Studio of Universal Sculpture.

 "Through the exhibition, his students answer questions about the meaning of artistic activity through videos, documentary photographs, clearly formulated opinions, and their "gifts "- sculptures in honor of their teacher. The latest magnificent sculptural series by Kurt Gebauer is surrounded by the essence of his pedagogical work. Which is a satisfactory look into the future of sculpture ", explains the exhibition curator, Martina Vítková. A half-hour video was created especially for the exhibition, an interview with Kurt Gebauer, led by Ivana Junková, was filmed by Julie Slovenčíková and Šárka Leinweberová. The name of the exhibition, The Kurt´s , is not only a dedication but also a declaration of family or tribal affiliation.

 The event itself is not a surprise for Kurt Gebauer. He actively participated in its preparation from the very beginning. The celebration of the 80th anniversary of the important sculptor and pedagogue does not end with a large exhibition presented in the National Gallery in Prague in the years 2019-2020, nor an exhibition in the UM Gallery. He is planning a large exhibition in Opava with his students in August 2021, the month in which his birthday falls onto.

 Kurt Gebauer (* August 18, 1941) was born in Hradec nad Moravicí. He grew up in a very modest environment and has been interested in art since childhood. As a self-taught artist, he mastered the basics of drawing, painting, and later also sculpture. He studied at the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts in Brno (1955–1956), the Secondary Industrial School of Stonemasonry and Sculpture in Hořice (1956–1959), and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with professors Vincenc Makovský and Karel Lidický. In 1965 he completed an internship with Professor Otto Herbert Hajek in Stuttgart. In 1972, with Professor César Baldaccini at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He has been working as a freelance sculptor since 1969. From 1990 to 2012, he led the Sculpture Studio (Studio of Universal Sculpture) at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. He worked at this school for the next three years - until 2014 he led his graduates and a year later the interdisciplinary class Public Space. In 1992 he was appointed professor and in 2018 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. He currently runs the Public Space class at the Faculty of Education, UWB in Pilsen. Kurt Gebauer is recognized for his authentic societal contribution to contemporary art. He is also praised for his pioneering work in public space and the unmistakable active attitude of humans and citizens and his outstanding pedagogical legacy cannot be left out.

 

Creative and installation team: Martina Klouzová-Niubo, Diana Winklerová, Dagmar Šubrtová, Iva Junková, Marek Rejent, Zdeněk Ruffer, Tomáš Kubačka, Kurt Gebauer

Curator: Martina Vítková

Graphic Design: Jan Stuchlík and Jarka Straková

Students of Kurt Gebauer:
Lenka Hubená / Štěpán Čapek / Lenka Tsikoliya (Janušková) / Aleš Novák / Michal Kohút / Barbora Krejčířová / Helena Sequensová / Adam Stanko / Barbora Maštrlová / Diana Winklerová / Kateřina Braunová / Denisa Hřičiščová / Petra Vlachynská / Štěpánka Brodecká Trenz / Jakub Přecechtěl / Vojtěch Bilišič / Jan Haubelt / Petr Bařinka / Markéta Poislová / Erika Kohoutová / Jiří Světinský / Svatava Freyová / Marie Hladíková / Viktor Špaček / Zorka Krejčí / David Kraček / Jitka Navrátilová / Jan Slovenčík / Karolína Neprašová / Martin Kocourek / Marta Hošťálková Hošková / David Baránek / Stanislav Zámečník / Dagmar Šubrtová / Ivana Junková / Jan Formáček / Zdeněk Ruffer / Hana Poislová / Verona Prokopová / Stanislava Konvalinková / Jan Novotný / Matouš Lipus / Jiří Merčák / Vojtěch Kokeš / Marek Rejent / Lenka Klodová / Veronika Zapletalová / David Černý / Denisa Ujhelyiová / Jiří Finger / Adriana Korkošová / Patrik Vlček / Josef Petr / Jiří Kočí / Ivan Novotný / Jan Stolín / Michaela Horáková / Martin Péč / Josef Denkr / Petr Kuba / Richard Wagner / Daniel Paul / Adam Rybka / Zuzana Čížková / Klára Bémová / Eva Hronovská Horská / Eva Matoušová / Zdeněk Russmann / Vladimír But / Jiří Marák / Martina Nosková / Anej Nuhanović / Jakub Tauš / Karolína Bílková / Adam Vačkář / Aleš Chapula / Petr Valčík / Václav Hendrych / Martina Klouzová Niubó / Petr Palička / Martin Korkoš / Petr Stanický / Anna Polanská / Anna Ročňová / Jan Boháč / Markéta Jáchimová / Václav Polián / Dan Bařinka / Tereza Erbenová / Stanislav Karoli / Petra Šípková / Martina Nosková / Radka Salcmanová / Rudolf Samohejl / EPOS 257 / Veronika Neumanová / Elaine Milford / Helena Petržílková / Ekkehart Böhnel / Christian Eiser / Mathias Rüppel / Egils Garkevis / Markéta Šafaříková / Vesna Stefanovska / Ivan Carlos Rayas Martines / Frank Lebros / Quadalupé Escoto Simó / Tanako Nobuko / Joanna Palmer / Shirin Afra / Rocio Pena Macarro / Maria Sainz Arandia / Martin Skalický / Magda Šlezarová / Alison Ruth / Louise Peters  / Narcis Dumitru / Dora Kovecevič  / Štěpánka Brodecká / Marie Hostinová / Marina Škaric / Filip Gajdušek / Václav Magid / Kateřina Braunová / Kristýna Vašíčková / André Bohm / Benjamin Lesur  / Mirta Čakanič  / Thomas Galad  / Josipa Stefanec / Stanislav Müller  /  Jana Hofmanová / Jiří Merčák / Radka Vyplašilová / Michaela Petrů / Vladimír Vanko / Juraj Rataj / Maria E. Cano Romero / Tomáš Kubačka / Sighle Breathnach / Simona Janišová / Maria L. Lopéz-Alascio / David Francisco M. Asencio / Luz Maria Barros Rivas / María Alejandra Perez Abellan / Phillip Materna / Eva Hronovská / Zuzana Kieferová / Tereza Vyhnálková / Pavla Beranová / Francisco Javier Heras Navarro / Ascesión Cifuentes  / Adéla Täubelová  / Janja Prokič  / Adam Kovalčík