due to the current measures taken by Czech government in reaction to the global pandemic and state of emergency, all FUTURA and Karlin Studios exhibitions are TEMPORARILY CLOSED. For those that haven’t had the chance to see the current exhibitions, FUTURA and Karlin Studios will be publishing gallery video-walkthroughs guided by the artists’ voices and other video documentation! And in the future block of exhibitions, there are going to be both physical, semi-physical and online exhibitions presented! Keep in touch on https://www.fb.com/futuragallery/.
David Černý's Brown Nosing sculptures are NOT ACCESSIBLE.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your understanding. We wish you strong health.
176 > Holečkova st.
4 6 9 10 > Bertramka st.
t.: (+420) 608 955 150
t.: (+420) 77777 5344
t.: (+420) 721 594 952
The permanent installation called Brownnosing was made by visual artist David Černý in 2003 on the occasion of the first exhibition organized at FUTURA. These two laminate sculptures were ceremonially unveiled in the gallery garden at the opening of exhibition named Survey, which presented Czech artists of the contemporary fine art scene at that time.
The work is composed of two identical sculptures, made in a shape of lower half of human body which are bend forward. The sculptures are over life-size, which is typical for David Černý. Sexless sculptures hide screens presenting two videos, they show the politician Václav Klaus and the artist Milan Knížák as they are feeding each other with a mash, which they are enjoying very much. The video is accompanied by well-known song “We Are The Champions” by the band Queen. These screens are visible only through a hole, which is located at the top of the statues and is accessible only by climbing up a ladder.
At the time of creation of the work Václav Klaus was newly elected President of the Czech Republic and Milan Knížák was the longtime director of the National Gallery in Prague. In his provocative installation David Černý portrays his view on relations in czech society by an allegorical manner with humor he expresses his opinion on the aforementioned persons and their mutual support.