Curator of the Horácka Gallery Jakub Orel Tomáš is preparing an exhibition by the artist Otta Placht Na stromi! depicting scenes from the South American jungle, February 8, 2023, Nové Město na Moravě, Žďársko.
Nové Město na Moravě (Žďársko) – The Horácká Gallery in Nové Město na Žďársko is preparing its first exhibition this year. It's called On the Trees! and will also offer the works of artist Otta Placht, who captures scenes from the South American jungle. At the same time, the gallery is completing the installation of a new permanent exhibition of the sculptor Vincenc Makovský. The exhibition will open on February 15, the new exposition will probably be inaugurated in May. Exhibition curator Jakub Orel Tomáš and gallery director Věra Staňková told ČTK.
In addition to Placht's work, people will be able to at the exhibition Na stromi! until April 9, admire the work of the artist Veronika Bromová, who thematically deals with the body, femininity, gender and family, nature or mythology. “Veronika is a multimedia creator, so she uses video, objects, even a ceramic object, a found object, which she then somehow moves on. Her major is in photography and somehow manipulated photography,” Tomáš said.
Otto Placht became famous for his large paintings inspired by his regular stay in the South American jungle with the Peruvian indigenous people from the Shipibó Indian tribe. Sailboats have been staying in South America for several months a year since the 1990s. “So I didn't choose typical things from Otta, rather it's a slightly different view of his work, so we also went for divided work,” said Tomáš.
According to him, Placht married a woman from the Šipibó tribe, which is famous for the rituals associated with the drink ayahuasca made from a decoction of vines.
Part of the exhibition are large-format paintings dominated by ornaments used by Indians. The embroideries and drawings on display are also derived from their traditional work, which, according to Tomáš, are intended as a basis for decorating or building traditional Native American architecture. “The Šipibó tribe is known for its art, they make traditional ceramics, especially the women of this tribe paint or embroider. And that ornament is very defining for Otto, he keeps coming back to it,” said Tomáš. According to him, the large-scale embroideries on display were embroidered directly by women in Peru, based on Placht's designs.
Visitors will be able to walk through the exhibition with the author's commentary in the coming months, but the exact date has not yet been set.
Novoměstský the native of the sculptor Vincenc Makovský was commemorated by the gallery for many years with exhibitions on the ground floor of the castle, where the gallery is located. For a year now, the room has been used as a ceremonial hall, which is also used for intimate cultural events. According to Staňková, only Makovsky's sculptures were placed in the original exhibition. The new exhibition in the original exhibition hall will be more shared, offering a comprehensive story of the sculptor and his artistic journey. It brings them closer together with parts, text, videos and photos. The exhibition will also feature Makovsky in architecture, where his monumental works can be arranged, including the New Age sculpture standing in front of the Brno exhibition center.