28 May 2020 - 13 Sep 2020
Museum of Modern Art
Josef Kotzian, untitled, 1952, media drawing, pencil, paper
Josef Kotzian, untitled, 1952

The exhibition presents a set of art works from the Olomouc Museum of Art collections – the collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphics. The exhibits and particularly the variety of their motifs and materials might be considered an interesting probe into the museum’s valuable possessions.  The curators’ choice is integrating the theme of nature; nature created and born from the imagination of the artists from the 18th to 21st century. PARADISE – COGNITION – FOREST OF OBLIVION – MYSTERIOUS STORIES – DUSK AND BRIGHTNESS – NASCENCY– GROWTH – VERTICALS are the miniscule sections of the exhibition linked to each other and expressing the content´s topics. When thinking about this exhibition, we tried to create a sort of essay of visual arts, where the art works are at the same time little shards of the thinking about the value of nature – the nature, whose authentic part is created by the story of the human life, the story of heaven and of human eternal fight for cognition of his own place in the cycle of the nature’s rhythm. There the darkness and the light, the brightness and the dusk are the perpetual constants as well as the most significant symbols of the word’s duality and duality of its perception. 

The language of art is powerful. It is a celebration of beauty, an expression of human desire for harmony, but it also contains sadness and warning about danger, which we ourselves constitute for the nature. The undertone of the exhibition includes this memento, too. 

Dusk and Brightness / Created Nature | An Insight into the collections of Olomouc Museum of Art 
Authors and curators | Šárka Belšíková, Anežka Šimková
Grafic design | Petr Šmalec
Instalation | Vlastimil Sedláček, Filip Šindelář
Restoration | Zuzana Kaštovská, Hana Kostková, Dalibor Sedlák
Lenders | Muzeum umění Olomouc, soukromá sbírka Ludmily Havlíčkové