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aktualita ÍHMNÍ30|09|2021 - 14|11|2021
SMETANAQ Galery Prague

The fundamental presentation of ÍHMNÍ in the newly established SMETANAQ Gallery in Prague is approaching.
ÍHMNÍ ÍHMNÍ


30.09.2021 - 14.11.2021
SEMI-OPEN SEMI-OPEN


29.09.2021 - 28.11.2021
Prague Biennale 2021 / Re-connect Art Prague Biennale 2021 / Re-connect Art


03.09.2021 - 07.09.2021
Zdzisław Jurkiewicz. Occurrences Zdzisław Jurkiewicz. Occurrences


25.06.2021 - 21.10.2021
Art Safari 36: TOGETHER Art Safari 36: TOGETHER


05.06.2021 - 11.06.2021
ART, MELANCHOLY AND LAUGH FACES IN THE FACE OF ABSURDITY ART, MELANCHOLY AND LAUGH FACES IN THE FACE OF ABSURDITY


22.05.2021 - 03.10.2021
KRAJINA + / LANDSCAPE + KRAJINA + / LANDSCAPE +


14.05.2021 - 25.07.2021
WATER WATER


18.12.2020 - 06.06.2021
ATLAS NEW CONSTELLATIONS ATLAS NEW CONSTELLATIONS


05.12.2020 - 30.05.2021
FOR THE LAST FIFTY YEARS FOR THE LAST FIFTY YEARS


27.11.2020 - 01.10.2023
PILGRIMAGE TO THE MOUNTAINS PILGRIMAGE TO THE MOUNTAINS


27.10.2020 - 08.11.2020
Fotograph Festival #X UNEVEN GROUND Fotograph Festival #X UNEVEN GROUND


07.10.2020 - 07.11.2020
Í T H M N Í T H M N


29.09.2020 - 31.01.2021
Table and Territory / Table et Territoire Table and Territory / Table et Territoire


26.09.2020 - 27.09.2020
Looking Into The Window Looking Into The Window


19.09.2020 - 31.12.2020
A Pilgrim Who Returns
 A Pilgrim Who Returns



15.09.2020 - 31.10.2020
Gočár Phenomenon Gočár Phenomenon


03.09.2020 - 31.10.2020
ART SAFARI 35 – HYDRANT ART SAFARI 35 – HYDRANT


27.06.2020 - 28.06.2020
24h PERFORMANCE 24h PERFORMANCE


14.06.2020 - 15.06.2020
Through the Landscape of K. H. Mácha Through the Landscape of K. H. Mácha


04.06.2020 - 06.09.2020
NMHTÍ NMHTÍ


12.05.2020 - 24.06.2020
IDENTITY IDENTITY


23.03.2020 - 31.12.2021
Homeplace & Kunka Phenomenon Homeplace & Kunka Phenomenon


04.03.2020 - 31.07.2020
↗ ASCENT ↙ DESCENT / performance art event ↗ ASCENT ↙ DESCENT / performance art event


23.02.2020 - 23.02.2020
Parallel cinema / Stream, Tree and Stone Parallel cinema / Stream, Tree and Stone


03.02.2020 - 04.02.2020
Ji.hlava Ji.hlava


24.10.2019 - 29.10.2019
TRA DUE MONDI TRA DUE MONDI


16.10.2019 - 16.10.2019
Pilgrims, Refugees, Hermits Pilgrims, Refugees, Hermits


11.09.2019 - 28.10.2019
The Naked Forms Festival (FNAF) The Naked Forms Festival (FNAF)


06.09.2019 - 08.09.2019
Sounds / Codes / Images - Audio Experimentation in the Visual Arts Sounds / Codes / Images - Audio Experimentation in the Visual Arts


06.06.2019 - 10.10.2019
rivers, streams, puddles rivers, streams, puddles


04.06.2019 - 24.06.2019
IL SORRISO DEL LEONE / VENICE TELEPATHIC BODIES IL SORRISO DEL LEONE / VENICE TELEPATHIC BODIES


01.06.2019 - 24.11.2019
Performance Crossings 2019 Performance Crossings 2019


15.05.2019 - 18.05.2019
THEATRUM MUNDI III THEATRUM MUNDI III


27.04.2019 - 27.04.2019
AQVA AQVA


26.04.2019 - 28.05.2019
Early Manifestations of Action Art in East Bohemia Early Manifestations of Action Art in East Bohemia


26.04.2019 - 16.06.2019
Yellow Rose Fragrance Yellow Rose Fragrance


27.03.2019 - 16.06.2019
WÄRMFLASCHE WÄRMFLASCHE


14.12.2018 - 15.12.2018
ART SPACE ECOLOGY ART SPACE ECOLOGY


15.10.2018 - 31.12.2020
Architecture and Senses Architecture and Senses


12.10.2018 - 14.10.2018
THEATRUM MUNDI II THEATRUM MUNDI II


22.09.2018 - 22.09.2018
OPERA CORCONTICA OPERA CORCONTICA


04.09.2018 - 09.10.2018
PRAGUE WILDERNESS – LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL PRAGUE 2018 PRAGUE WILDERNESS – LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL PRAGUE 2018


21.06.2018 - 30.09.2018
Energy of the initial line – gesture, rhythm, movement in contemporary Czech art Energy of the initial line – gesture, rhythm, movement in contemporary Czech art


01.03.2018 - 28.05.2018
IMAGE / BODY / SOUND IMAGE / BODY / SOUND


27.11.2017 - 27.11.2020
EVERY WANDERING ENDS IN THE BEGINNING EVERY WANDERING ENDS IN THE BEGINNING


13.11.2017 - 13.11.2017
(Post)Land Art and the Anthropocene (Post)Land Art and the Anthropocene


06.11.2017 - 06.11.2017
CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 70s CS CONCEPTUAL ART OF THE 70s


11.10.2017 - 13.01.2018
SONIC SOLAR MOUNTAIN SONIC SOLAR MOUNTAIN


26.08.2017 - 26.08.2017
Bohemiae Rosa Bohemiae Rosa


25.08.2017 - 31.08.2017
HOW TO EXPLAIN IMAGES TO AN INVISIBLE INTERSPACE HOW TO EXPLAIN IMAGES TO AN INVISIBLE INTERSPACE


02.08.2017 - 10.08.2017
LAPSody 2017 – The Bubble LAPSody 2017 – The Bubble


24.05.2017 - 27.05.2017
ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH


21.04.2017 - 29.05.2017
LIQUID ROOMS / THE LABYRINTH LIQUID ROOMS / THE LABYRINTH


10.02.2017 - 28.02.2017
LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE


20.12.2016 - 12.02.2017
The Landscape, Art and Photography | Contemporary Artworks in the Landscape The Landscape, Art and Photography | Contemporary Artworks in the Landscape


01.11.2016 - 12.01.2017
Branches | Nature art – variations Branches | Nature art – variations


26.07.2016 - 16.10.2016
AGARA / Hommage à la Peinture AGARA / Hommage à la Peinture


04.04.2016 - 31.05.2016
SPEECH MELODIES SPEECH MELODIES


19.11.2015 - 08.01.2016
SELÉNÉ  / BECOMING A LUNAR FACE TELEPATHICALLY SELÉNÉ / BECOMING A LUNAR FACE TELEPATHICALLY


28.09.2015 - 28.09.2015
FACIALITY FACIALITY


05.09.2015 - 05.09.2015
SOLAR MOUNTAIN SOLAR MOUNTAIN


20.09.2014 - 09.09.9999
MICHALEK / ŠEIN MICHALEK / ŠEIN


27.11.2013 - 12.01.2014
IL SORRISO DEL LEONE IL SORRISO DEL LEONE


01.06.2013 - 24.11.2013
FACIALITY / Space of the Memory and an Immediate Space FACIALITY / Space of the Memory and an Immediate Space


23.10.2012 - 24.10.2012
Faces / Face as the phenomenon in videoart Faces / Face as the phenomenon in videoart


20.06.2012 - 16.09.2012
ARCHIVES & CABINETS ARCHIVES & CABINETS


14.06.2012 - 02.09.2012
The Written Face for SU-EN The Written Face for SU-EN


28.01.2012 - 28.01.2012
Finally Together Finally Together


07.09.2011 - 14.10.2011
B/L – Dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus B/L – Dedicated to Carolus Linnaeus


15.06.2010 - 29.08.2010
BEING LANDSCAPE BEING LANDSCAPE


25.03.2010 - 06.06.2010
Gardening Gardening


10.03.2009 - 13.03.2009
Cartusiae Waldiczensis Cartusiae Waldiczensis


29.11.2008 - 01.03.2009
LANDSCAPE UNDER TOTALITARIAN LANDSCAPE UNDER TOTALITARIAN


16.09.2008 - 30.11.2008
ÍHMNÍ
SMETANAQ Galery Prague

30.09.2021 - 14.11.2021


curator: Martina Vítková
  
Peaceful Relaxing, © Miro Švolík
 
If you think of a painter as someone who is moved by the picturesque landscape and experiences his horrors and furies in front of a stand in nature or a studio, a palette in one hand, a paintbrush in the other, a beret on his head, and an amusing pipe in the corner of his lips, then Miloš Šejn is not a painter. He is not an observer of the world around him, he is intrinsically his body and intellect both a part and a tool of events.
   Miloš Šejn’s intermediate approach includes painting, drawing, performance, conceptual procedures, land art, work with an archive of found naturals, handling of word, photography, sound recording, and new media. He does not paint in a studio; his studio is nature, a garden, a landscape without walls or roofs. Šejn's activity is open to the natural processes to which he tunes himself, listens to them, influences them by his presence, intensity, and the words that come to him. He works on the ground, the frame some paintings get later, and for others it's not at all relevant. He uses his hands directly rather than a set of brushes. Through them he guides the strokes of wood, lodes, fingers, sizzle and drip, the friction of natural and pigments against each other ... The whole body of the artist becomes the instrument of the creation of the work. Words and sounds arise during the creative process, are part of it, as are colors or gestures. The author stores these kind of poems in typewritten notation, some fragments manifested in calligraphic form. Calligraphy is not only beautiful, but gestural, with immediacy, action, movement, and dance. For Miloš Šejn, there is no difference between a record of nature, a painting and a poem. 
He, in a creative act, reconciles the visual with the acoustic; the painting is made with the co-operation of multiple senses. Everything we perceive and hear in the landscape, the cauliflowers, the noise, the wind, the gurgle of water, the croon of frogs, imprints on us. The artist also works with his own recordings. The genesis of a work of art and the process of knowing a particular place can be an identical process. Globally, Šejn’s approach could be described as communicating with the landscape.
   The paintings bear GPS coordinates specifying the territory of origin of the work. They tend to be popular places in the Bohemian Paradise landscape and elsewhere. Agara is the Celtic name of the Ohře River, Javoří brook can be located in the Giant Mountains, gardens in the Baroque landscape at Jičín. The effect on the landscape, and thus on its articulate record, must necessarily have a time of cyclic as well as fragmentary, natural calendar, pagan and Catholic holidays, Walpurgis Night or St James's Night, farm time of sowing, ripening and harvesting. The artist taps into the primordial, the nature of man-made nature that we suspect beyond the wilderness, farmed and cared for by man. He comes into direct contact with the natural order, with grass, leaves, shrubs, streams, water, stones, hills, furrows, light, dirt, marshes, and forests. 
   Miloš Šejn belongs to a family of wizards of the Earth, to whom the landmark Magicians de la Terre exhibition in Paris in 1988 was dedicated. For more than half a century, he has been collecting wildlife, making it into an archive, understood as a base, a gateway, a way for imagery – a mental activity in which the clichés of the everyday can be transcended, tapping into the resources inside and outside us that expand the world’s perception and understanding. The process of creation is what it is, and at the same time ritual, play, myth-making, purification, connection, harmony. Physicality plays an important role, knowledge by all senses, skin responsiveness and, through walking, performativity. Perceptions, experiences and visions recorded through painting, drawing, sound recording, photography, video or language form a whole, a single world. 
   The idea of the whole is influenced by the limits of the human body; Šejn's work is also about finding a line between the body and nature. We are the creation of the earth. She's our Mother. Performance can be understood as a body poem. The body we watch during the event is not an autobiography, rather a gestural and physical mapping. The artist becomes the landscape himself, there is complete identification, empathy, absolute experience. Art theory has the German term einfühlung for this. 
   The exhibition includes a table, chair and depository. The table does not define where we meet to eat; rather, it is the desk of a scholar, a researcher, something between laboratory and philosophy, pure but experience, and the use of a marked space for observation and thought. René Descartes or Immanuel Kant could have sat at a similar table. On the table, instead of a globe, are a pair of stones, transparent crystal, an enchanted water element, essences of spirituality and pyrites, a mineral as dense and dark as the weight of gravity, the essence of the earth, a symbol of human tools both constructive and destructive. The exposed dead trunk of a lemon tree is not just a found object and a drawing in space, it is tied to the earthly being of the author by time and place of birth. 
   Moving points of color and surfaces brings video projections of Gardening. The record of the desolate garden seen by Milos Šejn is like a glimpse into the sun, reflections and lights clinging to the algae as loved it by Karel Malich, but also the cycle of nature, the Gardener's Year, portrayed by Karel Čapek. The projection rewrites the installation from the old garden convoys with which we used to irrigate the needed places. The end has years of proven shape and material, a symbol of caring for a land whose moisture we use for ourselves. 
   We see the landscape and art in a largely contradictory way, art is man-made, nature is not man-made, man is a part of it, his existence rewrites and influences it as much as any other inhabitant of the planet. Nature and art are a common creativity, a movement. Art also functions as a new possibility of man-to-man spiritual touch, maker-to-viewer, for example, through the landscape. The painting is a record, a map, and an aesthetically fascinating new shape. As part of the exhibition, a painting depository is ready for the visitor to leaf through. Through the entrance to the exhibition, we seem to be invited into the artist's personal space. The whole is a visual event brought to life by performance, with Miloš Šejn sitting in a chair at the table.  

Martina Vítková

Maple Hill / Giant Mountains 2020, Interaction with landscape performance relict

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