Fortunately, it was enough to take off the flag and Absolute Zero, measuring 6 meters by 2.5 meters by 2.5 meters and weighing 2.6 tons, will remain near the National Theater until October 4.
The object Absolute Zero, which is part of the Sculpture Line festival enlivening public spaces of works of art, had to fight its existence on its first journey, similar to the quantity absolute zero, which can never be completely free and is a hypothetical state of matter in which it stops. all thermal motion of the particles.
“It’s up to external observers to determine whether art exists or not,” says Ondřej Škarka from Art Lines, which organized the entire event.
And Jiří David adds to the object made of sheet metal inserted into the steel structure: “But no one will find out whether the container is empty or not. There is no way to be convinced. Everything is well secured in the middle of the water on the pontoon. “
The work Absolute Zero is anchored at Prague’s Mánes.
Photo: Sculpture line
Originally, the container was to be on solid ground in Malostranské náměstí. “Now the proximity of Mánes and the National Theater evokes even more strongly the communication and meaning of this presentation,” concludes David. He also placed a white flag on his artifact, because according to him, art always necessarily capitulates, but at the same time it is also born and transformed.
Jiří David is one of the key figures forming postmodern not only in Czech art in the second half of the 1980s. Already at that time, his paintings and photographs were largely included in their collections by private, but above all prestigious foreign collection institutions.
His work is not missing in the 20th Century Museum, Palais Liechtenstein, The Art Institute of Chicago, ARCO Madrid Collection and many others. He has had more than eighty solo exhibitions around the world.