Karel Císař


Date and place of birth: 1972, Prague, Czech Republic

Living place: Prague, Czech Republic

Theme: contemporary art, photography, art theory

ECC Participation: event curator

Karel Císař is a curator and art theorist. He is an assistant professor of aesthetics and art theory at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He was awarded his Diplôme d'études supérieures from the University of Geneva in 2001 and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Charles University, Prague in 2006. The other field of his academic interest are contemporary theories of interpretation.

He is an editor of “Markéta Othová” (Walther König 2010) and contributor to numerous publications including “Ján Mančuška” (Hatje Cantz 2011), “MAM Project: Katerina Seda” (Mori Art Museum 2010) and “Arrivals: Art from the New Europe” (Modern Art Oxford 2007).

“New Europe should be seeking scenarios for facing its marginalization in the time to come. For only those who inhabit the margin are capable of uttering the different.”

Císař’s recent curatorial projects include “Christopher Williams. Kapitalistischer Realismus?”, prepared with Michal Škoda at the House of Art, in České Budějovice (2011), “50% Grey: Contemporary Czech Photography Reconsidered” at Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (with Karen Irvine, 2010), “Any-Instant-Whatever” at Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow 2009, “Memories of the Future” at Václav Špála Gallery in Prague (2009), “You don’t know me, but I know you” (with Lívia Páldi) at Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle in Budapest 2007, “Hans-Peter Feldmann. Photo” at Langhans Galerie in Prague (2007). He also contributed to the 5th and 6th Biennial of Young Art organized at City Gallery in Prague (2005 and 2008). Among his earlier curatorial works are:“Definition of Everyday”, a project prepared for Praguebiennale 2 in 2005 (with Vít Havránek and Ján Mančuška), and “Things You Don't Know”, realized in K&S, Berlin 2003.

As a participant of the European Culture Congress Karel Císař will contribute to the exhibition 10x10 as a curator recommended by Adam Budak.

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