Prague, Mánes Gallery
25. říjen - 9. listopad 2023

Blue Mauritius Exhibition

Blue Mauritius, FIRMA
Blue Mauritius Exhibition
Michal Cimala, Jan Kaláb, Martin Krajc, Matěj Olmer, Pasta Oner, Michal Škapa and Karel Štědrý. Seven established artists exhibited throughout one month in the Mánes Gallery under an art group called FIRMA (COMPANY).
„We are very pleased that KodlContemporary could be the main partner of the exhibition.“
Jakub Kodl Co-founder and owner of KodlContemporary
Date
25. říjen - 9. listopad 2023
Adress
Prague, Mánes Gallery

Blue Mauritius

The creation of the FIRMA art group is as unique on the art scene as the Blue Mauritius, the most famous philatelic artifact, after which this exhibition and the central collaborative painting are symbolically named. The almost monochromatic black-white-blue giant composed of six canvases, in which all seven artists participated, is the centre of the exhibition and leaves the door ajar for the viewer to look into the process of the art group’s work.

The picture sets up a stirring scene in which the individual handwritings of all the participating artists can be clearly recognized. They were not brought under the wings of the art group by their inclination towards a certain style of painting, but by their opinion on the conditions of contemporary art operation. By using the name ‘COMPANY’, they do not only want to demonstrate the commercialisation of the artistic environment, but rather to clarify the position of artists in contemporary society; in order to be able to perform publicly, they had to give up the romanticising position of artists-philosophers debating the state of contemporary society. Instead, they became their own PR managers, coordinators, fundraisers, and often theorists and installers. Instead of pondering social events, criticising or humanising them, they had to start their own businesses. In order for artists to find a common platform for thinking about art, they were forced to establish a (C)ompany and instead of philosophising, do business. The debate about art does not take place during a passionate conversation in an atmospheric early 20th century café, but while working on a joint piece. The monochromatic tone of the paintings, which emerges from the main exhibition hall, is a contract among the artists on a common ‘space-time’ for the realisation of an artistic debate.

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