As the government restrictions have been lifted on Thursday, the exhibition opens physically on the 5th of May 2021 from 18.00. We would like to ask our visitors to respect the strict sanitary conditions necessary to the organisation of the event: to wear respirators at all times and observe social distancing. On the 5th of May, the gallery will close at 10PM at the latest and we will control the amount of people inside the gallery to a maximum of 70. Our garden will be open in order to regulate possible exceeding numbers. Thank you for understanding and we can't wait to finally see you on Wednesday.
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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.
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