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Jan Merta, born in 1952, today counts among the most significant contemporary artists of the Czech Republic. Living and working in Prague, the painter Jan Merta operates with motifs taken from everyday life and abstracts and alienates them in such a way that they take on altogether complex and obscure meanings. "I produce variations on a theme in order to get closer to it," says Merta, whose paintings of the famous film character "ET the Extra-Terrestrial" and the associations they awakened with Hans Holbein's "The Body of Christ in the Tomb" recently caused a sensation (exhibited at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery in 2004). His new paintings have such titles as "The Chopped-off Iris" and "Portrait of my Wife Lenka" – seemingly classical motifs, yet tinged with irony and enigmatic overtones. Merta will be showing several medium-sized and a number of large-format paintings in the exhibition.

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Matný soudce | Undeutlicher Richter, 1998-2006
Acryl auf Leinwand | acrylic on canvas
221 x 191,5 cm
Autoportrét s distinkcí | Selbstbildnis mit Distinktion, 1997-2006
Acryl auf Leinwand | acrylic on canvas
211 x 170 cm
Pet (Naslouchá povrchem) | Pet (Es horcht durch die Oberfläche), 1987-2006
Acryl auf Leinwand | acrylic on canvas
140 x 160 cm
Insignie | Insignien, 1998-2006
Acryl auf Leinwand | acrylic on canvas
170 x 210 cm
Základ | Grund, 1999-2006
Öl auf Leinwand | oil on canvas
185,5 x 165,5 cm
Podlaha malíre | Fußboden des Malers, 2001-2005
Öl auf Leinwand | oil on canvas
161 x 140,5 cm
Radost ztraceného odevu | Freude der verlorenen Kleidung, 1992-2006
Acryl auf Leinwand | acrylic on canvas
145,5 x 145,5 cm

Zena Lenka (Pomocí dávné fotografie od její maminky) | Frau Lenka (unter Zuhilfenahme einer alten Fotografie von ihrer Mutter), 1999-2003
Öl auf Leinwand | oil on canvas
100 x 155 cm
Ztlumená poupata | Abgeschwächte Knospen, 2002-2006
Acryl auf Leinwand | acrylic on canvas
126 x 146 cm
Bud'te opatrní | Seid behutsam!, 2000
Acryl auf Papier | acrylic on paper
50 x 52 cm
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Bud'te opatrní | Seid behutsam!, 2000
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Siebdruck auf Papier | serigraphie on paper
50 x 35 cm
Jan Merta30.06.2006 – 05.08.2006
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