The Magdalena Jetelová exhibition in the gallery above the Small Hall in the Trade Fair Palace introduces the artist’s key themes. With an almost architectural structure, the displayed sculptures attract attention due to their crude oversize materials and dynamics. Jetelová’s smoke drawings on canvas resulting from a combination of calculations, depictions and characters are also displayed.
The artist’s works shift from the use of a specific material and space to fragmentary texts and traces of light. Nevertheless, again and again she comments openly on the situation of humanity – and its fears and hopes – in today’s contradictory world.
The artist’s feeling for space and for the nature of a place and the social situation ranks her among leading figures in art who, in the second half of the 20th century and the present, fundamentally elevate the definition not only of sculpture, but art in general. Exhibitions in the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna and Documenta 8 in Kassel, as well as other prestigious museums and galleries worldwide, attest to the significance of this Czech conceptual artist.