Kampa Museum gathered the essential artworks of Barbora Blahutová and presented them from a brand-new perspective, in a new undiscovered light, at House and Sculpture exhibition.
House, as a muse of the installation, inspires the artist in all ways. From household elements such as milk jars to landscapes and human personas.
The exhibition runs at Kampa Museum from June 28, 2022, to October 20, 2022.
Barbora Blahutová’s biographical sketch
Coming from South Bohemia, the place of vineyards and Slivovice, she has a pretty colorful, astonishing, and at the same time, challenging life.
The spike in her art career happened simultaneously with the roaring communist regime in the Czech Republic. At that time, it was still Czechoslovakia. The political power restricted her freedom as a sculptor focused on the exile figural sculptures in contemporary art. After some consideration of what matters the most, Blahutová decided to emigrate.
In her emigration, she lived with her partner, F. Svátek, who always supported her rascal ideas, freedom of the mind, and bright ideas. The couple lived in various countries, including Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, where they discovered cultural differences and similarities with the Czech Republic.
After twenty-six years in isolation from home and the fall of the communist regime, Blahutová returned to the Czech Republic to show her artwork and her perspective on the notion of home.
The House and Sculpture: The True Values
The exhibition House and Sculpture presents all the vital works of the sculptor. It emphasizes different periods of her life, including the emigration phase. By walking through the installation, the visitors can feel how crucial the feeling of home is, how hard it was to leave everything behind and start a new life in a different country, and why home is everything to the artist.
Interestingly, Blahutová developed different art patterns, a sort of inspiration to cope with emigration. ‘In particular, the motifs of an egg and a nest, household elements (milk bottle, washboard, radio, pram), animals (a hen), nature and landscape motifs (ships, harbors, seas, trees, and rocks), and, of course, human figures,’ said the exhibition curator, Illona Vichová.
Creating the sculptures with memories of the sweet and warm home was one of the ways to cope with the sadness and challenging life of immigration. In particular, it was a ‘safe haven’ during Blahutová’s European adventures.
Furthermore, some elements of artists’ sculptures and collages have a feminine sensibility that unites pieces of art together. Of course, the artworks exist well one by one. Yet, together they make more sense in the way of a ‘home feeling.’
‘The tendency to achieve the result with the most elementary artistic means and very simple materials (plaster, cardboard, translucent puppet, dried leaves or grass) harmonizes Blahutová’s works with the kinetic models by František Svátek, which complement the exhibition in a simulation way,’ concluded Vichová.
Kampa Museum’s Secret Strategy
The Museum Kampa is known for presenting works of contemporary art with a focus on the Czech scene. It introduces visitors to all the beauty of art, originating locally rather than internationally.
On top of that, the museum aims to attract artists who had to leave the Czech Republic for political reasons and develop their art elsewhere. The vivid figures of such artists are Ludmila Seefried-Matějková and Jiří Koblasa, and the sculptor Barbora Blahutová.
Getting to Kampa Museum
To get to the Kampa Museum, we suggest you take the tram (1, 12, 15, 20, 22, 23, 25, and 36) to Hellichova. From there, enjoy the walk through the quiet and peaceful Kampa Park, full of greenery and aesthetics.
Alternatively, you can take the metro to Malostranská ( green/A line). Then, take a fifteen-minute stroll through the town, filled with thrilling architecture.