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View of “Lukáš Machalický,” 2013. Levels: Untitled, 2013. Tables: Untitled, 2013. From the series “Raut” (Reception) 2013–.

Lukáš Machalický

Galerie Die Aktualităt des Schönen

View of “Lukáš Machalický,” 2013. Levels: Untitled, 2013. Tables: Untitled, 2013. From the series “Raut” (Reception) 2013–.

To enter “Raut” (a title that translates roughly to “Reception” or “Banquet”), a recent exhibition by Czech artist Lukáš Machalický, was to become immersed in an ongoing social event. The artist had turned the gallery into a carefully constructed environment dominated by a series of tilted, seemingly levitating tables, which were covered with long, white, immaculately ironed tablecloths. These were paired with a group of off-balance installations, which were vaguely reminiscent of human figures, made of carpenter’s levels, in each case with a long one supported by two shorter ones and standing atop a thick, rather old-fashioned-looking marble-patterned file folder filled with sheets of white paper (all works Untitled, 2013, from the ongoing series “Raut,” 2013–). Although the contents of the papers remain unknown, the destabilizing function of the folders suggests a subversive

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