Karel Malich

Galerie Peter Pakesch

With the democratization of Eastern European countries in the past few years, many Western eyes have looked toward “Ostkunst,” or eastern art. The term, used in a derogatory fashion for years and always connected to a regressive idea, was transformed in the Gorbachev years into its exact opposite: “Ostkunst” was “discovered” and became very hot property (largely because of a rather uncritical attraction to the exotic). That today one can see Karel Malich’s works in a Western gallery testifies to the change in our perceptions about “Ostkunst,” for now we must examine the commonalities and differences in artistic development in the postwar years.

The almost 70-year-old Malich is one of the most important Czech artists living today, and he is all but unknown in the West. In this exhibition, he presented a series of drawings from the ’80s and wire sculptures from the ’70s. The artist constructs

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