THE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT OF DRAWING
November 2015 – March 2016
In collaboration with Merzbau Gallery
Curated by Isabela Villanueva
VENUE: MERZBAU GALLERY, MIAMI
One of the most important Czech artists working today, Stanislav Kolibal is known as one of the pioneers of modern art in his country and is renowned internationally for the simplicity, elegance and refinement of his abstract oeuvre.
Over the past five decades, Stanislav Kolíbal has dealt intensively with questions as to the permanence, stability, and instability of sculptural forms. With a broad-based oeuvre that meanders between the genres of drawing, illustration, sculpture, architecture, stage scenery, and exhibition design, Kolíbal produces works of art that are a meditation on the problems engendered by and linked to man’s presence on Earth.
Drawing has always been essential to Kolibal’s practice, and this exhibition will feature a selection of works that use drawing as a procedural foundation for considering the possibilities offered by space. The show will feature two site-specific Murals, alongside an array of works from his White Reliefs and Black and White Hints series.
Stanislav Kolibal: The Fundamental Element of Drawing curated by Isabela Villanueva is the first exhibition in Miami of this abstract mastermind. The show is organized by Frameless Gallery, London in collaboration with Merzbau Gallery, Miami.
Stanislav Kolíbal was born in 1925 in Orlová, Czech Republic. After the Second World War, he studied Applied Graphics at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, followed by Scenography at the Academy of Performing Arts. He has exhibited in numerous museums and important historical exhibitions like Sculptures from Twenty Nations at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1967), Between Man and Matter: the 10th Tokyo Biennale (1970), and continues to exhibit at some of the world’s most renowned institutions like the Centre Georges Pompidou, MoMA, the Czech National Gallery and the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art amongst many others.