Review: Eros in Art
The Václav Špála gallery showcases Czech erotic art, ranging from the absurd and comical to the attractive and affecting
Gracing the walls of this spacious, centrally located gallery is a panoply of the erotic, from the obvious to the surreal, constructed from a range of various mediums. Presented, perhaps not surprisingly, by the Forum for Sexual Vitality, the exhibition, showcasing a decent handful of Czech artistic talent, is unified in theme but certainly not in originality or style. Prep yourself for anything from the absurd and comical to the attractive and affecting.
Undeniably, working with the theme of "erotic art" produces a wide range of reactions in the artist and the viewer alike. Although this show, as you'd expect, features a few blatantly pornographic photographs, it's the works that aim to display the underbelly of eroticism - the strangeness or the deviations - that stand out.
Three pen-and-watercolor paintings by Milan Sopovšek, that vaguely look like they depict some sort of orgy with a sheep carcass, are actually quite attractive in their oddity. And Ondřey Kohout's Nordic Walker Couple in Love is as touching as it is silly, being a painting of a naked couple just so in love they can't keep their hands off one another, even on a brisk walk in the countryside.
Two of my favorites are Jan Sytař's A Small Airplain, boldly putting planes where they've never been before; and Ivan Komárek's little army of carved and painted Styrofoam meat trays, neatly arranged behind the reception desk. (Where they're hard to look at, I might add.) The carefully constructed picture trays are reminiscent of a grade school project, rendered by a slightly more maturely-minded student.
Located upstairs are the more openly erotic photographs. Mainly quite tasteful (if not a bit cheesy), these are flanked by a conservative little old lady who keeps an eye on the art, and the visitors as well, I suppose, to prevent them from doing something they shouldn't in an art gallery.
Although there is an entrance fee, it's only 30 CZK for full admission and 15 CZK for concessions - much less than you'd spend renting a porno. So drag yourself out of your flat and do something that'll make you feel slightly cultured and defiantly naughty at the same time. Brilliant!
Erotika v umění is at Galerie Václava Špály until Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
Video on YouTube
Signal Festival 2016 will light up Prague by
The festival of light art is the biggest cultural event in the country
State Opera productions are now at Karlín by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Narodni Divadlo)
A long-planned renovation has pushed the program to a new home
Taking Shakespeare to the streets of Prague by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
One of the Bard's most obscure plays will be performed as a walking tour
4+4 Days in Motion will explore another disused building by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The annual performance and art festival will be centered near Old Town Square
Stanislav Libenský Award entrants on display at DOX by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: DOX - Natsuki Katsukawa, Japan)
Contemporary glass art from over 30 young international artists is showcased
Red Bull Flying Bach blends classical and hip-hop by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Break dance is performed to Bach is a show seem by 400,000 people worldwide
Všichni svatí (All Saints) by Nová Galerie - Prague.TV
or the legacy of Charles IV's ideas for contemporary art and culture
Free opera at Divoká Šárka by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: wikipedia)
Smetana's Two Widows will play one show at the outdoor theater
5 Unique Museums in the Czech Republic by Olena Kagui - Prague.TV (Foto: kovozoo.cz)
Explore some unique museums the Czech Republic has to offer
Theater festival Divadlo to take place in Plzeň by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Troupes from the CEE region will show new productions
Looking for a memorable experience in Prague?
First Cobbler's Prague Bakery Cup Cake Shop @ PALLADIUM!
Concert Tickets for Prague and Czech Republic
Prague Airport Transport: Private, Shuttle & Limo-service!
Trabant Museum @ STK Motol
Armádní muzeum Žižkov
Národní památník hrdinů heydrichiády
Goout.cz Tickets for Cultural Events in Prague