• City Gallery of Contemporary Art




  1. PLATO Bauhaus, Janáčkova 22

Julia Gryboś & Barbora Zentková, Milan Houser, Johana Pošová

Daniela & Linda Dostálková


A shop with a rare range of books on art as a shared work by the four artists, each with a different artistic approach. They together created a space with mutually interconnected elements which become separated in time and return again.

The shop offers a special set of publications on art by Czech and foreign publishers hand picked by the curators themselves. Dynasty as a space open to imagination and kindred spirits, where you can browse books mostly available only through e-shops before buying.

“The individual components of the shop created by the artists generate tension between a work of art and its display, and tear down the barriers between author and reader, artist and viewer. An approach that is shared by all of those invited is intentional work with the torso of their oeuvre, opening up the possibilities of merging them all together. Their original attitude resembles a dynasty — a blood relationship of mutually related actors which automatically entails membership.

Dynasties enable us to classify, or even identify, what is ‘other’ (as well as ourselves) and concurrently pass on knowledge, practices, customs, relationships and things. Dynasty is a mantra that keeps us aware of the fact that something will always continue and improve. We believe that in a present time which is tolerant of the percolation of related disciplines inherent in artistic practice, books no longer serve as merely a source of masterful reading. Today books tend to open the door to a set of infinite variations arousing our fantasy.

The exhibition will present several series created by artists themselves and by publishers with an ambition to adapt their activities and the subsequent distribution to the authors, exhibitions and related formats. They provide an opportunity to reflect on the specific situation of the origin of an institution and a work of art.”

Daniela & Linda Dostálková

Julia Gryboś (1988, Opole, PL) & Barbora Zentková (1986, Martin, SK) are graduates of the Studio of Painting II at the Faculty of Visual Arts in Brno, where they are presently continuing with their doctoral studies. They received the Oskar Čepan Award (2016). They work as an artistic duo and their shared interest evolved from the medium of painting to concentrated work with space. The live and work in Brno.

Milan Houser (1971, Vyškov, CZ) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In 2010 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Visual Arts in Brno. He works in abstract painting intersecting with the creation of objects. He examines the material components of the image and he has been employing industrial technologies on a long-term basis. He creates extensive series of works by refining a narrow range of selected formal procedures. He lives and works in Brno.

Johana Pošová (1985, Prague, CZ) is a graduate of the Studio of Photography at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. She incorporates her own limits into the invigorating force of creative thinking, turns herself inside out enabling us to glimpse her inner self. The staging of the complete works is often defined by the drive of the artist to embrace a continuous succession of newly selected techniques. She lives and works in Prague.



photo: Martin Polák
photo: Martin Polák
photo: Martin Polák
photo: Martin Polák