The present exhibition continues the Moravian Gallerys and the MAKs concept of focusing on parallels between the
oeuvre of Josef Hoffmann and stances of international contemporary artiststhis time Prague-based sculptor Stanislav
Kolíbalin order to do justice to Hoffmanns significance as a groundbreaking architect and designer of the early
20th century. In 2012, the complex theme of Plane Line Space and the two artists individual approaches
to these phenomena will be given a closer look using selected works drawn from the MAK and from a private collection.
It was with the major exhibition Labil-Stabil (Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, 2000), at the latest, that Stanislav Kolíbal (born
in Orlová in 1925) gained international recognition as an important exponent of abstract sculpture. And for the past two decades,
Kolíbal has been dealing inten - sively with questions as to the permanence, stability, and ins ta bility of sculptural forms.
He is particularly interested in abstract forms and the creation of para doxes, and less so in represen tations which conform
to reality. In order to emphasize the distinction between his earlier sculptures and the drawing- and ground plan-based works
that he created in Berlin between 1988 and 1989, the artist decided to call the latter buildings. Several pencil
drawings from this period were later on to serve him as starting points for three-dimensional constructions.
The ambivalent perception of space and the special sense of design which characterize Kolíbals drawings, reliefs, and
constructions can also be discerned in works by Hoffmann when the two artists respective works are juxtaposed; as a
result of his direct and inten - sive collaboration with craftsmen working for the Wiener Werk stätte, Hoffmann had adopted
an entirely flat drawing style, similar to Stanislav Kolíbals.
Curator Rainald Franz,, MAK Curator Glass and Ceramics
Josef Hoffmann Museum
Brtnice, Czech Republic
Since 2005, the house in Brtnice, Czech Republic where Josef Hoffmann was born has been playing host to temporary exhibitions
featuring themes related to Hoffman and his circle with the aim of keeping the life and work of this pioneering Austrian architect
alive in the public consciousness.