• City Gallery of Contemporary Art



Optimised Fables about a Good Life

  1. PLATO, Porážková 26

Opening 21/9 at 6 pm

Artists: Etel Adnan, Yalda Afsah, Krystian Truth Czaplicki, Oskar Dawicki, Habima Fuchs, Agata Ingarden, Sebastian Jefford, Christelle Kahla, Özgür Kar, Martin Kohout & Lars TCF Holdhus, Pavla Malinová, Zdenek Seydl, Franciszka Themerson, Jana Želibská

Curators: Daniela and Linda Dostálková, Marek Pokorný


The first exhibition at PLATO’s new venue.

Our present desire to lead a good life and spend time well is based on the assumption that nothing is static. A good life was different in the late 19th century, when Ostrava’s municipal slaughterhouse was established; today, our concept of it has changed, as a contemporary art gallery has taken its place and killing animals has lost its legitimacy. Moreover, there’s probably no one left without at least some leisure time anymore. Yet, in a way, we are trapped in our daily routines, constantly trying to understand how we actually live. We optimize, since trying to live well, with respect to ourselves and others, including interspecies interactions and nature, requires it. Through the artworks of 15 artists of different generations, the exhibition reflects on the notion of a good life and its period as well as individual conditioning. Using exaggeration, the grotesque, empathy, irony and criticism, the exhibition offers an intense experience and free reflection on the question: What is a good life and how should we live it?

In partnership with: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Moravian-Silesian Region

Financial support: Liberty Ostrava

Special thanks: Česká Doka, fischer international and SATJAM