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David Cerny

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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.
Visitors to the Hohmann gallery get two see brand new resin works and a glimpse into the mind of notorious provocateur David Černý.  The mind-bending "X-Ray Guns" display a variety of apparently translucent three-dimensional guns seen in a resin box, reminiscent of objects seen through the eyes of a security agent commandeering an x-ray machine and their composition vaguely reminding of the American flag. Brilliance resides alongside Černý’s rebelliousness in his art. Many recent 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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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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Cerny at Art Miami

HOHMANN will premiere two brand new resin works by David Cerny at this year's booth at Art Miami. 

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AVAILABLE WORKS

We have several works by David Cerny immediately available, however the majority of his works are site specific commissions that cannot be quoted without a prior discussion regarding scope, placement, timing etc.

Here are some noteworthy worksa substantial number of works immediately available, however our inventory changes frequently, so here are some examples of noteworthy works.  If you would like to know what we have available, please start the dialogue using the form below, or if you are already a client of the gallery, you may request a password to access our live inventory.  

 

 

 

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If you don't have login credentials for our live inventory, which is currently available to our existing clients only, please drop us a line using the form on the right and we would be happy to send you individual tear sheets of available inventory. Since we do not maintain entire lists of inventory, any guidance you can give us to limit the selection is greatly appreciated, for example size restrictions, budget, preferred medium or topic.

 

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Education

1995-1996

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, USA

1994-1995

P.S.I. artists residence, New York, USA

1991

Sculptor’s residency grant Swiss government in Boswil, Switzerland

1988-1994

Academy of Applied Arts, Prof. Kurt Gebauer, Prague

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2016

"legs" rio de janeiro, Olympic house Czech republic

 

Black Hole DSC gallery prague

2014

DSC gallery, Prague

2013

Mucsarnok, Budapest

 

DSC gallery, Prague

 

Kuchling Gallery, Berlin

 

"Fuck You Mr President" Prague, Vltava river

2012

"London Booster", London Olympic games

2010

Mona Lisa gallery Olomouc

 

Gallery Arsenal, Poznan

2009

DSC gallery prague

 

"Entropa", European commity, Bruxels

2007

"Man hanging out" Chicago, USA

2002

"Cirkus Cerny", MAMA gallery / Netherlands Architecture Institute / TENT / Politiegalerie /

 

"Political Pop", chromosome Berlin, Germany

 

Galerie V kapli, Bruntal, Czech Republic

2000

NYU, Prague

1999

Czech Embassy London, Great Britain

1993

“Artificial”, Spalova Gallery, Prague

1992

“Fertility”, Rubin Club, Center of Performing Arts, with Marketa Bankova, Prague

1993

“Draft”, Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art, Medzilaborce, Slovakia

 

“Smallness” State Gallery, Znojmo, Czech Republic

1990

“Exhibition for The Meanest Instincts”, Club Delta, with Tomas Pospiszyl, Prague

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

“Art in Oisterwik”, Holland

2019

"Sculpture by the sea" Sydney, Australia

2018

“Shenzen biennale”, China

2016

"NordArt" Regensburg, Germany

 

"Observations: A Digital Life" New York, USA

2015

"Open Air" Orebro, Sweden

2014

“Sculpture by the sea” Sydney, Australia

“Signal festival” Prague

“Light festival” Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013

“Twente Biennale”, Hengelo, The Netherlands

“Art Masters”, San Moritz, Swiss

2012

“Biele Noci” Kosice, Slovakia

2011

“Twente Biennale”, Hengelo, The Netherlands

“Inspiracje”, Szczecin, Poland

“ArtBoom”, Krakow, Poland

“Cenzurovano” Zlin, CR

“Mapy” GMB, Bratislava,

“Groteska”, NOD, Praha

 

MojA, Praha

“Nord Art”, Rensbourg, Germany

2010

“Twente Biennale” Amsterdam

“AntiBeeld” , Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

“Homo Erotica” National Museum Warsaw

“Colours” Dresden motorhalle

“Art Pricze” DOX Prague

“Dekadence now” Umprum, Prague

Danubiana, Bratislava

2009

Chalupecky Prize, Seoul, Korea

Monument ghmp, Pragu

“Po Sametu” U zlateho Prstenu , Prague

Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv

Pecsgallery, Hungary

Irokez Gallery, Budapest

“Katowice biennial” Poland

2008

Interferencia Barcelona Madrid

2006

“Project 2006 Beaufort”, Oostende,Belgium

“Shadows of Humor”, Wroclaw BWA Gallery,Poland

“Waste of Humor” Cieszyn, Poland

2005

"Prague Biennale” Prague

“Pink”, Tokyo nat. univ. of art , Tokyo

“Living Together”, Odapark Venray, Holland

“happy materials” NTM, Prague

“Beautyfreeshop” , Prague

2003

“SURVEY ’03“, Futura Gallery, Prague

“Aus Liebe“, Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Remscheid, Germany

2002

“Politikum”, Prague Castle, Pragu

“Between Dresden and Prague”, Italian Embassy, Prague

2001

“to flow to”, chromosome Berlin, Germany

“A Sense of Wellbeing”, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

2000

“Czech History”, SKODA Pavillion, Autostadt

Volkswagen, Wolfsburg, Germany

“Maso / Meet“, Chalupeckého Prize, National Gallery, Prague

“Bohemian Birds”, Kunsthalle Dresden, Germany

“The End of the World”, National Gallery, Prague

1999-2000

“After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe”

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden;

Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of

Contemporary Art, Hungary

Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

1999

99 CZ, Prague

1998

Atelier of all Sculpturing, Prague

“Nad Možnosti” City Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

1997

Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague

SCCA Kyjev, Ukraine

Joslyn Memorial Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Veletržní palác, Art in public space, Prague

Czech Cultural Center, Berlin, Germany

1996

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, USA

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

Technische Sammlung Dresden, Dresden, Germany

“Object: Video”, Landesgalerie Linz, Austria

“Beyond Belief” Allen Memorial Arts Museum, Oberlin, USA

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

1995

“Orbis Fictus”, New Media in Contemporary Arts,

National Gallery, Prague

“Artcircolo 95”, Castle Melnik by Prague

P.S.1 94-95 Studio artists, The clocktower, New York, USA

“Beyond Belief”, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chicago, USA

1994

600 SIAF, Seoul International Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

The 22nd Sao Paolo International Biennial Sao Paolo, Brasil

“Impermanent Places, Seven Installations from Prague”

The World Financial Center, New York, USA

“You Must Remember This”, Ronald Feldman

Fine Arts, New York, USA

“Young Artist from Prague”, Duesseldorf -

Kunstmuseum, Germany

1993

“Europe without Walls”, City Galleries,

Manchester, Great Britain

1992

“Edge 92”, Madrid - London, International

Biennial of Visual and Performance Art, Spain

1991

Light Festival of avant-garde Art under the former

Stalin monument, Prague

Sargfabrik, International Exhibition of Young

Artists, Vienna, Austria

1990

“Czech Alternative”, Galerie ULUV, Prague

Old Town Yards, open-air exhibition of

Contemporary Art, Prague

1989

“Smile, Joke and Grim”, Palace of Culture,

State Gallery, Prague

“November 89”, Manes, State Gallery, Prague

The Neostunners, Prague - underground exhibition of Art group

 

TV and Movies

1987

“Bridge”, Prague “Vychovatel ke strachu”, Dir P. Marek - Animation

1986

“Sounds”, Ostrava, Czech Republic"

1997

“Buttoners (Knoflíkáji)”, dir. Petr Zelenka - actor and stage designer

1998

“Prague stories”, dir A.Benki - actor and stage designer

 

“Touch of picture”, FAMU, architect

2002-2004

ARTOZA, Czech TV , monthly magazine about contemporary art, screenplay and theme

2004

Zkamenělý dítě, Music video LUCIE band

2012

Karel Vas, dokument, narrator

 

Theater - Stage Design

1987-1990

Stage design for Theatre Rubin Praha, Prague

1999

Dir. David Czesaný, Drama Studio Ústí n.

Labem, Czech Republic

2001

George Tabori - Vídenský rízek, Dir.Jirí

Pokorný, Theatre On the Balustrade

2014

Vaclav Havel, Theatre Na zabradli, Prague

 

Selected Collections

SKODA Pavillion, Autostadt Volkswagen, Wolfsburg, Germany

Museum of Modern Art, San Diego, USA

German Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic

Gallery of Modern Art Olomouc

Museum Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany

Military museum, Lesany, Czech Republic

Private collections in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Greece,

GB, France etc..

 

Grants and Awards

2000

Chalupecky Prize, National prize for young artist,Czech Republic

1996

Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, USA

1990

Special Prize in the Biennale of Kortrijk, Belgium

 

Permanent Installations

Since 2020

“Lynch” Los Angeles, USA

 

“Falcons”, Doha, Qatar

 

“Beetle”, Prague, Czech Rep

 

“Quo Vadis” Berlin, Germany

Since 2018

“Horspowers”, Prague, Czech Rep

Since 2017

"Thief" Museum of modern art Olomouc

Since 2016

"Head", Royal Caribbean

 

"Trifoot",  Prague

Since 2015

"Thinker", San Moritz, Switzerland

Since 2014

“Three Babies”, Private Collection, Australia

 

“K”, Prague Czech republic

Since 2011

“Crychloids”, Miura design hotel, Celadna, Czech Republic

Since 2010

“Golem”, Poznan, Poland

Since 2008

“Embryo” theatre Na zabradli, Prague

Since 2006

“Metalmorphosis” fountain, Charlotte, USA,

Since 2005

“Bus Stop-Still-Life” Liberec, Czech Republic

Since 2004

“Three Babies” Middelkerke, Belgium “Streams” Hergetova Cihelna, Prague, Czech Republic

2004

Winner of II WW memorial for Prague, not realized because of political statement of author

Since 2003

“Sochy / Brownnosers” Futura Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Since 2001

“10 Dkg Tanku / A Hundred Grams of Tank”, Lázne Bohdanec, Czech Republic

“Mimina / Babies”, TV tower, Prague, Czech Republic

Since 2000

“Czech native sceen”, autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany

Since 1999

“Saint Wenceslav”, Lucerna Passage, Prague, Czech Republic

Since 1994

“Pink Tank”, Vojenske Museum (Military Technical Museum), Lesany, Czech Republic

Since 1990

“Quo Vadis”, German ambassy Prague, Czech Republic