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Gianni Caravaggio | Stanislav Kolíbal – Jiri Svestka Gallery

Gianni Caravaggio|Stanislav Kolíbal exhibition is a visual and conceptual dialogue between two generations of artists who are similar in many ways. In certain aspects, especially themes that the artists work with, they differ from each other. Besides the minimalist approach they share, both of the artists are influenced by the Arte Povera movement which emerged in Italy in late 1960 as a response to the previous decades. One of the most important representatives of this movement was Luciano Fabro (1936–2007). Stanislav Kolíbal had direct formal and philosophical connection with the Arte Povera movement in the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s, when he exhibited together with Fabro and other significant Arte Povera artists, for example Jannis Kounellis. Gianni Caravaggio was absorbing the thoughts of Arte Povera as a student of Luciano Fabro in Accademia di Brera, Milan. An equally strong inspiration is by Gianni Caravaggio drawn upon ideas of German Romanticism, as Josef Beuys introduced them into the contemporary art, and concetto spaziale of significant Italian 20th-century artist Lucio Fontana.

Sculptor Gianni Caravaggio (1968) represents the young generation of Italian artists whose works transform artistic traditions, both new and old, into contemporary art language. Caravaggio is in his own specific manner building on the Baroque traditions. He combines simplicity of form and materials with Baroque pathos and plurality of meaning.
Works from 1960s and 1970s from Stanislav Kolíbal (1925), one of the most important Czech post-war artist, imply rational simplicity in contrast to significant existentialist subtext that can also be perceived in the political context of totalitarian regime of that time in Czechoslovakia.


  • 13. 9. 2017 – 4. 11. 2017
  • Guided tour with the artist: 13. 9. 2017 at 6 pm
  • Jiri Svestka Gallery, Janackovo nabrezi 5, Praha 5
  • www.jirisvestkagallery.cz
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