Adrenaline! Sport art from the 20th century

4/15 - 6/26/2016 / Wortner house AJG, České Budějovice


The relationship between sport and art is an adrenaline adventure. Its history extends to the ancient Greek - remember the story of Olympic games or legendary statues of sportmen, who became ideals of beauty and perfection for centuries. On the occasion of summer olympic games in Rio, the Aleš South Bohemian Gallery prepared an exhibition to analyse the reasons of displaying a sportman's body by 20th century artists.

The first theme is the body - from the body of hero to the study our own body or body as a certain social status of the time. In the middle of Europe, the significant point is displaying of exhaustment, fatigue, which holds a deeper, social-political context. Its counterpart is a grotesque, questioning all the traditional values.

Another probe into the relationship represents team sport as a reflection formal question of movement and shape, or as a reflection of political situation. The last theme can be agression, feministic language or moral/ethic values.

This exhibition is one of the first of its kind in the Czech Republic, it displays denotes the linkage between these two disciplines. Finally - both of them depend on rules and their abiding and violating.