David Černý

David Černý first gained notoriety in 1991 when he painted a Soviet tank pink as a memorial to war in his native Prague. Since then his artistic acts of civil disobedience, grand scale installations, and exhibitions have continued to incite strong reactions worldwide.  In 2005, he participated in the Prague Biennale 2 with his work “Shark” - a riff on fellow artist Damian Hirst, which consisted of an image of Saddam Hussein immersed in a tank of formaldehyde. Famously, in a stance against communism in 2015, Černý installed a 30-foot-tall purple hand on a barge in Prague’s Vltava River raising its middle finger in a “Fuck You” directly in front of the castle where Czech president Milos Zeman lived.
Brilliance resides alongside Černý’s rebelliousness in his art. Many works were created through the artist’s proprietary and mind-boggling technique of casting three-dimensional objects from everyday life such as guns, tubes, tools, and light bulbs that emerge completely formed yet translucent as if on permanent x-ray. These items are then used in various ways, embedded in polymer resin, to either become subliminal constituents of an overall image, or as singular objects in a composition meant to impart a strong message. Much like the recently installed "Babies" whose faces have been replaced with a bar code stamp to symbolize the dehumanization of society - a very troubling subject to the Czech artist.
Černý is known for his harsh and often crass criticism. It has landed him on the BBC list of the 20 most controversial artworks and in the headlines of many articles.  Hohmann is pleased to represent the timeless, controversial works by an artist not afraid to investigate the political climate, war machine, and other social issues of our tumultuous contemporary times.

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We will soon be hosting a preview Screening of the David Černý Documentary “Rebel Genius”
 at the Palm Springs art museum in anticipation of Černý's solo museum exhibition at CECUT in Tijuana, Mexico.


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Babies in PS

Palm Springs Babies

David Cerny has Palm Springs talking. The controversial and spectacular art installation of 10 massive babies with bar codes instead of faces caused an initial outrage, but soon became the most visited public art installation in the desert and a social media sensation. As Christian Hohmann says "Whenever art touches on raw emotions and creates controversy, it also creates conversation and with it an opportunity to educate."

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Rebel Genius - Trailer

We recently finalized the plans for a major museum show for David Cerny in Mexico. The film maker Dale Schierholt has finished his 30-minute documentary about Cerny and you can see the trailer here.


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Video of "Albert Einstein" in our Village Court Gallery.


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David Černý was born in 1967 in Prague, Czech Republic

Černý burst into the public eye in 1991 when he painted a Soviet tank, that served as a war memorial in central Prague, the color pink. Creating extreme controversy with his work, this international sculptor has been described as “witty, exciting, kinetic, crass and provocative”. Černý is the son of a graphic designer father and a mother who was a restorer of art in the National Gallery of Prague. He learned his trade at the Academy of Applied Art in the country’s capital, studied in Boswil on a grant from the Swiss government, and also in New York City at P.S.I Artists Residence New York before taking part in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

His works are characteristically bold, courageous and reach into sensitive political, historical and social themes, all sprinkled with the unconventional artist’s sarcastic humor. In his hometown of Prague alone, Černý has 14 installations in public spaces that have become major public attractions. In 2001 he created a non-profit cultural art and event center in a former 1920’s glass warehouse in Prague, which he named the “Meet Factory”. Černý calls his factory a “multicultural supermarket”, as it houses a theater, music stage and 16 studious occupied by a total of 30 international artists.

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CECUT honoring David Cerny

On June 30th, 2023, the CECUT Tijuana Cultural Museum will open a solo exhibition with important works by the...

Museum dedicated to David Cerny opens in Prague

The new 5-story, 1,200-square-meter museum opened in Prague in April of 2023. At Cerny's request, it was named...

Controversial ‘Palm Springs Babies’ art exhibit will be removed after nearly 5 years


The "Palm Springs Babies" art exhibit, consisting of ten 300-pound sculptures, is being removed from its central...

Bye, bye, Babies! - Desert Sun

Whether you love, hate, or are simply confused by them, downtown Palm Springs' "Babies" statues have become as much a...

David Černý exhibition at Village Court

Prague-based David Černý, art-provocateur and bad boy rebel of the art world, is widely considered the most important...

Explore Art in Downtown Palm Springs

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"David Černý's iconic Soviet tank painted blue and yellow in support of Ukraine"

"The artist's Tank Torso, which stands at the location of Prague's former Monument to Soviet Tank Crews, is now...

David Cerny - Portrait of Albert Einstein

Prague-based David Černcý, art-provocateur and bad boy rebel of the art world, is currently the most famous living...

David Cerny: See 9 of His Bizarre Sculptures

Will Fly For Food -- Before doing research for this Prague trip, I had never heard of David Cerny, but one look at his...

Cerny in Iowa Museum

David Cerny is currently represented in the exhibition "Artists as Activists" at the National Czech Museum in Iowa...

"When David Černý Made a Tank Monument Interesting"

"Aside from bringing people from two different parts of the city and the whole Germany together, the fall of the Berlin...

Artist David Černý has pinned his “BEETLE” on BB Centrum

“BROUK” or “BEETLE”, a sculpture in the shape of the legendary Porsche 911 automobile and one of the unique moving...

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