Zbyněk Baladràn is the winner of the “Audi Art Award for New Positions 2013”, an award that supports young emerging artists. Since 30 years, Art Cologne art fair supports young artists with the “New Positions” program. For the 47th Art Cologne, a jury has selected 22 young artists. Each of them gets a special booth at the fair alongside the stands of their galleries, and one of them is awarded the New Positions prize. This year, Zbyněk Baladràn, represented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, is the winner of the award. Zbyněk Baladràn is a young czech artist who will be presenting the Czech Republic at this year’s Venice Biennale. In this conversation with art historian Bettina Krogemann, Sandrine Djerouet (Director, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff) talks about the work on display (titled “Assemblages against Essences”) and the artist.
Zbyněk Baladrán was born 1973 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is an author, visual artist and curator. Baladrán studied art history at the Charles University Philosophical Faculty in Prague from 1992-1996, and from 1997-2003 at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of visual communication. He is one of the co-founders and a curator of Galerie display, which was established in Prague in 2001, and in 2007 merged with tranzit.cz into tranzitdisplay, where he continues to oversee the exhibition program. He is also the co-curator, with Vít Havranek, of the project and exhibitions Monument to Transformation, a 3-year research project on social transformation that was presented in 2009 at the Prague City Gallery, and which traveled to several other locations in Europe later this year.
Zbyněk Baladrán was also a part of the team of curators (tranzit.org) for Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain in 2010. His artworks can be characterized as the search for links between the past and itsconstruction in relation to the prevailing epistemological patterns. His works are represented in various international private and public collections.
Zbyněk Baladrán / Galerie Jocelyn Wolff at Art Cologne 2013. April 19, 2013.
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