Olomouc in Central Europe and Central Europe in Olomouc

The current permanent exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art is called The Century of Relativity. It presents the closer Central European region, especially in the second half of the 20th century. At the same time, its focused on fundamental tendencies and key authors, through whose works it creates a plastic network of the cultural life of the region. The central motif of the planned exposition for the new SEFO building is the search for and verification of the identity of Central Europe.

Some authors call the European 20th century a "crisis" - they turn mainly to historical experience (Holocaust, totalitarian regimes), but this tension can also be perceived geographically. The Central European area is on the border of the identity of the West and the East and can be understood as the periphery of both centres, which on the other hand brings features that make it paradoxically permanent.

We understand Central Europe as a geographical area of the original Habsburg monarchy - its historical context represents a certain temporal and cultural anchorage. Therefore, we understand the Forum building and the future permanent exhibition as a certain centre or a kind of bolt. Here originates the combination of large and small history, the region and the global context, where we also use a system of basic polarities to deepen it.

There are three levels we follow within the idea of the Forum. The first is the representative one - it represents large works from the collections of the institution, respectively the long-term loans presenting the "global" character of the region (Victor Vasarely, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Václav Cigler, Jozef Jankovič, Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Kujawsky, László Fehér, Dóra Maurer, etc.). Examples are also thematic or stylistic areas (Devětsil, MA, Kraków neo-avant-garde, etc.), genres and specific collections (authors book, etc.). The second level is contextual - it assumes a more detailed interest in history, political and social connotations, focuses on specific crisis moments. And finally, there is the third, complex level. At this level, the visitor should already be able to (re)construct the identity of the region. While the first level focuses on works of art, on the relationship to the original, aesthetic experience and evaluation, the second is more cultural-historical. The third level presupposes an intense interest in both and the ability to distinguish between them.


Přestože nová budova Středoevropského fóra ještě nestojí, Muzeum umění Olomouc již uspořádalo celou řadu výstav, které dokládají jeho dlouhodobý zájem o výtvarnou kulturu střední Evropy a její mapování. V dramaturgické sérii výstav k projektu SEFO jsme představili jak výrazné a světoznámé osobnosti, tak oblasti a témata, která dosud unikala odborné pozornosti.

Although the new building of the Central European Forum SEFO does not yet stand, the Olomouc Museum of Art has already organized a number of exhibitions that present its long-term interest in the art of Central Europe and its survey. In the dramaturgical series of exhibitions for the SEFO project, we presented both prominent and world-famous personalities, as well as areas and topics that have so far escaped professional attention.


Selection from SEFO exhibitions:

Home and Abroad

Jan Pamuła | Pioneer of Computer Art in Poland
The SEFO 2021 Triennial

Post.PrintPhotoblock | Central Europe in photo books

Crime scene: Pécsi Mühely | Hungarian Performing Art from the Collections of Balász Szluka and Olomouc Museum of Art; Václav Cigler | Drawings; Neighbors in the bookVictor Vasarely | TER-F2

Years of Disarray 1908–1928Abstraction.PL

Adolf Hölzel | Drawings; Fascination with reality; Jozef Jankovič | Flow of TimeMonogrammist T.D | Fragment.D

By charcoal, paintbrush, scalpel…Rustle of Angel Wings

Views into the collections IV. | Victor Vasarely | New Acquisition I, IIAenigma | A hundred years of anthroposophic artAlfred Lenica | Colour – Gesture – SubconsciousnessZbyněk Sekal | Things Are Moving Forward SlowlyTo Catch Up and Get Ahead | Czechoslovak and Polish design of the 1960s

Ludmila Padrtová | The First Lady of Czech Abstraction | 1951-2013 WorksPublisher Rainer PretzellIvan Theimer | Via LucisKarel Malich | Inner Light

Jan Švankmajer | Dimensions of DialogueMagdalena Jetelová | (DES)ORIENTATION? | Projects from 1982–2013A World before a Catastrophe | Krakow’s Jews between the World WarsAndrzej Pawłowski | Genesis / CineformsThe central attraction | Central graphic second half of the 20th century and the authors book

Architecture is an Attack on Good Taste! | Olomouc Central European Forum VCivilised Illusions | Collection of Photography of the Olomouc Museum of ArtFrantišek Skála | MuseumJosip Plečnik | ChurchesFrom Titian to Warhol | Olomouc Museum of Art 1951–2011

Magdalena Abakanowicz | Life and WorkDo Not Sit Down This Time | Seating Furniture from the Museum CollectionsOlomouc Central European Forum IV | Slovakia | Slovak Art from the Collections of the Olomouc Museum of ArtDalibor Chatrný | So, Now, HereZittau Collections of Old Art and Wolfgang Sterling’s Collection

Milan Kunc | Amor and PsycheOlomouc Central European Forum III | HungaryZdeněk Sýkora | Colour and Space

Olomouc Central European Forum 2009Turning pages | Modern book culture in the collections of the Olomouc Museum of artCentral European Forum Olomouc | Architectural study

Outburst | Expressionist tendencies in Central Europe 1903–1936No cage for me! | Czech and Slovak Art 1970–1989 from Collections of Olomouc Museum of Art

Victor Vasarely | From the Collections of the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs

Photo Gallery
Magdalena Abakanowicz
Magdalena Jetelová

Victor Vasarely

Harmas, 1966

Jozef Jankovič

The great destiny

Years of Disarray 1908–1928

The exhibition in the years 2018-2019

Scene of the action: Pécsi Mühely

Private Transmission, 1974-75.


Tavík František Šimon, Sunny beach, undated (about 1906)

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