František Matoušek: de Nimes
15 Jan – 22 Mar 2010
Like his contemporaries at home and abroad, Matoušek frequently tackles
the theme of memory. He does so, however, in a way that is strikingly
personal and specific, particularly with respect to his choice of
material and painting techniques. Matoušek paints on denim: jeans cloth.
The name of the fabric betrays its historical origins (denim="de Nîmes"
i.e. from the French city of Nîmes). In Matoušek's case, however, the
choice of this material is not
a reference to the earlier history of Europe but to the recent era of so-called "real socialism", i.e. the period when Matoušek was growing up and when denim symbolised a longing for a freer life.