Landsberg am Lech. He added limbs to the sculpture and anticipated the art form of surrealism. The Birdman sculptures later influenced, for example, the work of the German painter and sculptor Max Ernst — Over the course of his life, Kristek has visited various places around the world. He enjoyed wandering through the landscape and tried to discover and understand its essence, as he did with its inhabitants and their way of life. These were trips, drifting and wandering which had an inner meaning for his life and work, because when wandering through an alien landscape and culture one can free oneself of the things one knows or feels that one knows about the world in advance.
In this way Kristek returned to the prototype of the man who strode through the landscape, had an opportunity to stop and think, and who left his own trace and imprint on it. So the logical consequence of the internal landscape in each one of us is a belief that in the landscape we have to constantly come across the footprints of a culture, the footprints of our ancestors and our own footprints. It is the assemblage Barbed Wire of Christ , the metal body of which is a pitiful relic of the current mechanised, dehumanised, rationalised world.
Some time later, in , he created the assemblage Sea Horse on the Italian coast. This wooden figure of a horse with a skull instead of a head, and with clumps of rope representing the mane and tail, is a symbol of life in motion and the galloping waves of the sea. The horse here becomes the guide on the journey through this life and to the next one. And so the work of art in the landscape becomes its mirror.
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The trail on which Kristek located his artworks runs through the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia. The artworks in various places fulfil a whole range of functions, from acting on the viewer in the form of preparation for the spiritual climax of the pilgrimage, to the role of a focal point indicating and emphasising the place of a spiritual, philosophical or artistic act.
The individual stations can be perceived by walking, which creates a relationship between the places, by the pilgrim discovering them. Wandering from one station to the next gives them an additional dimension to contrast with the predominant consumer lifestyle of our society. The cult of water in our country is of Indo-European origin and is linked with fertility and healing.
The cult of water is expressed through human activities and the way that revered places are treated. With the Thaya Glyptotheque, Kristek participates in the activation and creation of a space in which there is an oscillation of nature and culture in the broader geographical, historical and social context. The genius loci is the spirit of the landscape and the means of viewing the landscape. The genius loci is the unnameable cause for which we return to a given place.
In , Kristek initiated the tradition of night vernissages 19 , which currently represent the start of happenings. The production was accompanied by floats and entourages. After the parade of floats had passed, singers performed and there was a dressage, where the king also performed. The musical-dance performance was accompanied by impressive narration intended to dazzle the watching audience.
The active participation of the king at the grand productions of the court theatre had great social value, and symbolised and confirmed his important status in society. In the happening Mythological Landscape No. Another happening, Mythological Landscape No. During the happening, a cortege of beings on stilts creeps along the side of the graveyard, and all of a sudden bodies come to life in the graveyard and start to dance. The appearance of Kristek from a grave also underlines the public baroque death and its theatricality.
During another happening, Mythological Landscape No. Video: happening Mythological Landscape No. Hedonism is associated with consumption, based on the idea of immediate satisfaction of all material needs at the expense of cultural values. A sacred cow with a polythene mummy located in its stomach arrived on a cart. Kristek emerged from the amniotic sac wearing a loincloth.
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