SOVAK: Themes and Variations

SOVAK: Themes and Variations

Friday, May 2, 2014Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tempelhofer Ufer 11 in Berlin - Kreuzberg
Berlin, Germany

Moeller Fine Art Berlin is pleased to announce "SOVAK: Themes & Variations," opening on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Gallery Weekend Berlin, 2–4 May. The exhibition, on view until 28 June, includes 35 drawings, collages, and etchings by Pravoslav Sovak, created between 1968 and 2013. An illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Professor Wulf Herzogenrath, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Much of the exhibition is devoted to Sovak's multidisciplinary graphic work in three major cycles: Museum Sheets, Beauties, and Desert Sheets. Since 1958, the artist has been actively engaging with the medium of etching, continuously furthering its technique. Museum Sheets depicts museum interiors, populated with visitors, and named after the artists whose works of art are displayed: Piero [della Francesca], Cézanne, and Matisse I, to name a few. Beauties juxtaposes artifacts, portraits, interiors, and landscapes, intimating new associations between them. Sovak’s etchings and drawings in Desert Sheets show the barren, primeval environments of the American West, which through grid-like linear networks, resolve nature into the building blocks of land, sea, and sky. His drawings often take several years until they are finished. Alongside these series, Moeller Fine Art is also presenting collages created between 2011 and 2013, which re-introduce favored motifs and function as a visual diary of the artist's life.

“Thematically varied yet homogenous, Sovak’s images possess an accuracy, which emerges through all his experimentation. Again and again he approaches reality, only to abandon it once more, and his themes are arranged into definite harmonic syntheses from the most extreme angels of perception.” – Milan Kundera

Pravoslav Sovak was born in 1926 in Vysoké Mýto, Bohemia. After studying at the School of Ceramics, Bechyně and at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University, Prague, he became an assistant professor at Palacký University, Olomouc. Sovak received his artistic education at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague. Since 1968, he has been living in Switzerland. In 1975, he was appointed professor and head of the department of Free Graphic Arts at the Cologne School of Art and Design.

Sovak’s work can be found in the National Gallery, Prague; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum, New York; among others. He has been included in the 36th Biennale di Venezia, and he has had retrospectives of his graphic work at the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; National Gallery, Prague, and at the State Museum, Saint Petersburg. In 1999, the Albertina Museum in Vienna presented a retrospective of his work, of which many are included in the present exhibition.

For information and images, please contact the gallery at +49 (0) 30 252 940 83 or via email at mail@moellerfineart.com. Moeller Fine Art Berlin is located at Tempelhofer Ufer 11 in Berlin - Kreuzberg. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. During Gallery Weekend Berlin, opening hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 11am to 6pm. The closest U-Bahn stops are Hallesches Tor (U6) or Möckernbrücke (U7/U1).

Moeller Fine Art Berlin is pleased to announce "SOVAK: Themes & Variations," opening on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Gallery Weekend Berlin, 2–4 May. The exhibition, on view until 28 June, includes 35 drawings, collages, and etchings by Pravoslav Sovak, created between 1968 and 2013. An illustrated catalogue, with an essay by Professor Dr. Wulff Herzogenrath, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Much of the exhibition is devoted to Sovak's multidisciplinary graphic work in three major cycles: Museum Sheets, Beauties, and Desert Sheets. Since 1958, the artist has been actively engaging with the medium of etching, continuously furthering its technique. Museum Sheets depicts museum interiors, populated with visitors, and named after the artists whose works of art are displayed: Piero [della Francesca], Cézanne, and Matisse I, to name a few. Beauties juxtaposes artifacts, portraits, interiors, and landscapes, intimating new associations between them. Sovak’s etchings and drawings in Desert Sheets show the barren, primeval environments of the American West, which through grid-like linear networks, resolve nature into the building blocks of land, sea, and sky. His drawings often take several years until they are finished. Alongside these series, Moeller Fine Art is also presenting collages created between 2011 and 2013, which re-introduce favored motifs and function as a visual diary of the artist's life.

“Thematically varied yet homogenous, Sovak’s images possess an accuracy, which emerges through all his experimentation. Again and again he approaches reality, only to abandon it once more, and his themes are arranged into definite harmonic syntheses from the most extreme angels of perception.” – Milan Kundera Pravoslav Sovak was born in 1926 in Vysoké Mýto, Bohemia. After studying at the School of Ceramics, Bechyně and at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University, Prague, he became an assistant professor at Palacký University, Olomouc. Sovak received his artistic education at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague. Since 1968, he has been living in Switzerland. In 1975, he was appointed professor and head of the department of Free Graphic Arts at the Cologne School of Art and Design.

Sovak’s work can be found in the National Gallery, Prague; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum, New York; among others. He has been included in the 36th Biennale di Venezia, and he has had retrospectives of his graphic work at the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; National Gallery, Prague, and at the State Museum, Saint Petersburg. In 1999, the Albertina Museum in Vienna presented a retrospective of his work, of which many are included in the present exhibition.

For information and images, please contact the gallery at +49 (0) 30 252 940 83 or via email at mail@moellerfineart.com. Moeller Fine Art Berlin is located at Tempelhofer Ufer 11 in Berlin - Kreuzberg. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm. During Gallery Weekend Berlin, opening hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 11am to 6pm. The closest U-Bahn stops are Hallesches Tor (U6) or Möckernbrücke (U7/U1).