Czech and Slovak Female Artists over 65
Grey Gold is an exhibition of contemporary work by both internationally recognised as well as less well-known Czech and Slovak female artists who began their work in the Czechoslovak culture scene that emerged after the Second World War and continued into the 1950s and 1960s. The project introduces a selection of new pieces by eighteen artists who represent the first of the emancipated generations, those who significantly contributed to the process of shaping and maintaining the continuity of modern culture in Czechoslovakia during the second half of the 20th century.
Generally we can state that the participating artists foreshadowed, created and shaped the conditions of the professionalisation and emancipation of women’s artwork in our country and thus helped its integration in Czechoslovak and international art history. Many of them have also significantly affected the process of transforming artistic education alongside the establishment of conceptual and intermedial art workshops on Czech and Slovak art academies that have formed mainly after 1989.
The exhibition project was initiated in 2012 at the Faculty of Art and Design of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic) in cooperation with the Brno House of Arts (Czech Republic), where it was first shown to the public in the period from April to August 2014. An important initiating impulse was the ambition to react to the thinking stereotypes of the majority of modern society, nurturing a perpetual chase for new and young ways of expression. The exhibition was preceded by a two year long seminar and research program, supported by the Austrian funds Erste Foundation and WUS Austria, focusing on the selected artists’ late works and on the role of creativity in the lives of elderly women.
The results of the Grey Gold project are summarised in an extensive publication, published in June 2014. Apart from curatorial texts it also contains interviews with the artists and contributions from the sociologist L. Vidovićová from Masaryk University in Brno (CZ) and from the art theoretician and university teacher M. Orišková from Trnava University.