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1953
geboren in Prag | born in Prague, CZ
Lebt und arbeitet in Prag | lives and works in Prague

seit I since 1995
unterrichtet an der Akademie der Künste, Prag
teaches at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague


Einzelausstellungen I Selected Solo exhibitions

2016
JIŘÍ KOVANDA. ANTI-HEROISM AND RESISTANCE, MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bukarest

2015
Jiri Kovanda, daadgalerie Berlin
Jiri Kovanda gegen den Rest der Welt, Galerie TZB, Berlin

2014
Jiří Kovanda: Ještě jsem tu nebyl, Brno House of Art, Brno

2013
Jiří Kovanda. 'I haven’t been here yet', MWW Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw
Jiří Kovanda, Krobath Wien, Vienna
Jiří Kovanda. Two golden rings, Palacio de Cristal, Retiro Park, Madrid
Eight Sculptures and One Woman, SVIT Praha, Prague

2012
Jiří Kovanda, gb agency, Paris
Dos amillos dorados, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Jiří Kovanda, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Polen

2011
Katalog, Gallery of Visual Arts, Cheb, Tschechien

2010
Secession, Wien

2009
Andrew Kreps, New York
Jiří Kovanda – Hommage an Július Koller (1939–2007), Tschechisches Zentrum, Wien
Galerie Krobath, Wien
Galerie Krobath, Berlin
1, 2, 3, Wallspace, New York
Jiří Kovanda - 1,2,3, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Ludlow 38, New York, USA (with J. Koller)

2008/09
Pink Carpet, CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea / Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago di Compostela
Jiří Kovanda - Killing The Blues, Galerie ad astra, Kuřim
Jiři Kovanda – Resistance, DOMINIK ART PROJECTS, Krakau
Als ich klein war, spielte ich mit den Mädchen | When I was a little boy, I used to play with girls, GKK - Galerie Klatovy / Klenová
Two Cushions, GB - Agency, Paris
Stains, Gallery Futura, Prag | Prague (mit | with E. Kotatkova)
Golden Ring, Gallery Zdenek Sklenar, Prag | Prague
Windows, Fishes, Geraniums, Gallery 5. patro, Prag | Prague
Resistance, Dominik Art Edition, Krakow, Poland

2008
Okna, Ryby, Perlagonie, Works on paper 1980-1996, Galerie 5. patro | artkunst, Prag
Two Cushions, gb agency, Paris
Galerie Sklenar, Prag

2007
Jiri Kovanda versus the Rest of the World, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona
Jiri Kovanda VS reste du monde, Centre d'Art Passerelle, Brest
Jirí Kovanda vs Rest of the World, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galerie Krobath Wimmer, Wien | Vienna
GB-Agency, Paris
Moravska galerie, Brünn | Brno
Performance, Tate Gallery, London
Situations - Performances in De Appel: Jiri Kovanda vs The Rest of The World, De Appel, Amsterdam
Untitled, Vernon Project, Prag | Prague
Johnen Gallery, Berlin (mit | with J. Merta)

2006
Jiri Kovanda VS reste du monde (Tentatives de Rapprochement), gb agency, Paris
Radši bych byl andělem, Studio of Josef Sudek, Prag | Prague
The First Kovanda's Retrospective, Gallery Zdenek Sklenar, Prag | Prague
Galerie Na bidylku, Brno (mit | with G. J. Dokoupil)
Index, Stockholm, Sweden (mit | with J. Koller)
Galerie Krobath Wimmer, Wien | Vienna
Gallery Jeleni, Prag | Prague

2005
From the Third Side, House of Arts, Ceske Budejovice, CZ
I Hunted for the Zoo, A.M. 180, Prague

2004
I am not Against, House of Lords of Kunstat, Brno, CZ
The Second Half, Gallery Sternberk, Sternberk, CZ

2002
Open Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia (with D. Lehocka)
Gallery Na bidylku, Brno, CZ (with J. Mancuska)

2000
Sunflower, AP Atelier, Prague

1999
Drawings 1970–1999, Gallery Na bidylku, Brno, CZ

1998
Favourable Moment, Gallery MXM, Prague

1997
Nina at Work, Gallery Mala Spalovka, Prague

1996
Gallery Caesar, Olomouc, CZ
Gallery 761, Ostrava, CZ
White Food, Gallery MXM, Prague(with V. Skrepl)

1995
Gallery MXM, Prague
Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria (with V. Skrepl)

1994
Gallery of J. Kral, House of Art, Brno, CZ

1993
Gallery Na bidylku, Brno, CZ

1992
Gallery MXM, Prague, CZ (with M. Dopitova)

1991
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

1990
Gallery Pohlhammer, Steyr, Austria (with G. Hosovsky and L. Teren)

1989
Cultural Center Opatov, Prague

1988
Little Exhibition Hall, Liberec, CZ (with M. John and V. Skrepl)

1984
Futurum, Prague

1976
Gallery Mospan, Warszawa, Poland


Gruppenausstellungen I Selected group exhibitions

2013
The order of things: Cinematic Moments, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
2013 Hanging Sleeves, Hiding Hands, Eva Kotátková & Jiří Kovanda, Krobath Wien
Palacio de Cristal (Parque del Retiro), organized by Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Individual Order, KARST, Plymouth
The Earth turns and all things slip away, Hunt Kastner, Prag

2012
Archives of Something Like the Everyday", National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
Jiri Kovanda's Art Gallery Walk, Gallery3, The Whitley Arts Festival, Whitley
This is a special blackout edition!, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Containing The Possible, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
From an object's point of view, Murray Guy, New York
Collaborations & Interventions, A project by Friederike Nymphius, Berlin, Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca
Ab in die Ecke!, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst
Paramor, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
Reversibility, A Theatre of De-Creation, Chapter III, Peep-Hole with CAC Brétigny, Mailand
The Unexpected Guest, 7th Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool
A iminência das poéticas ("The Imminence of Poetics"), 30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo
It is what it is. Or is it?, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Foreign Excursions, McKee Gallery, New York
Positions on Conceptual Art, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, München

2011
Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, Bob Dylana (with Nina Beier, Marie Lund) DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Tschechien
Der ideale Ort, um mir der Freiheit unter vier Augen zu sprechen, Künstlerhaus Bremen

2010
...and Don't Forget the Flowers, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Tschechien
High Ideals & Crazy Dreams, Vera Munro, Hamburg
Why do you resist?, Pori Art Museum, Pori
Les Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Double bind / Arrêtez d'essayer de me comprendre!, Villa Arson, Nice
Monument to Transformation, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevič, Zagreb, CRO
City Dreamers, Galerie Emila Filly, Usti nad Labem, CZE

2009
When attitudes…, The Printemps de Septembre – à Toulouse. Festival de création contemporaine, Espace Croix-Baragnon, Toulouse
40 Lives of One Space, 3 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, former Red October chocolate factory / Confectionary Hall, Moskau
Historical Work - Vilém Kabzan, Jiří Kovanda, Marek Meduna, Michal Pěchouček, Pavel Sterec, Jiří Thýn, Tomáš Vaněk, Galerie Václava Špály, Prag
IT RESTS BY CHANGING - Rolf Julius, Jiří Kovanda, Roman Signer, Franz Erhard Walther, Galeria Raffaella Cortese, Mailand
Pièces des résistance: Forman von Widerstand in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunstmuseum Thun
Ohne Uns!, Motorenhalle, Dresden
Energy and Proces (Landscape and Action), Tate Modern, London
Inéditos 2009 / A la vuelta de la esquina, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Any-Instant-Whatever, Bunkier sztuki, Krakau
Very Simple Actions without Any Particular Purpose, Artra, Mailand
Tschechische Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn
FLOWER POWER, Craa - Centro di ricerca arte attuale Villa Giulia, Verbania
Julius Koller & Jiri Kovanda, Ludlow 38, New York
The Death of the Audience, Secession, Wien
Gone to Croatan, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun
Monument of Transformation, City Gallery, Prag | Prague
Jiří Kovanda – Hommage an Július Koller (1939–2007), Tschechisches Zentrum, Wien
Minimal Shift, Galeria Jana Koniarka, Tyrnau
Performing the East, Kunstverein Salzburg
After the Velvet, Galerie hlavniho mesta Prahy, Prag
UFF, Muzeum architektury, Wroclaw, POL

2008
All The Best: Nina Beier and Marie Lund, Gallery One One One, London
Art Sheffield 08 – Yes, No & Other Options, Situ Gallery, Sheffield
You Are My Mirror 1: L'Infamille, FRAC Centre Lorraine, Metz
La Foule / Zéro–Infini, Espace d'Art Contemporain la Tôlerie, Clermond Ferrand
Michel de Certeau, OUI, Grenoble
Fetish versus Evocation, Galerie der Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig
Crossing 68/89, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Between Concept and Action, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin
Mind Expanders, Mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Wien
Collection premier mouvement. Des contes, des images, quelques tableaux et un théatre invisible, Musée Départemental d'Art Contemporain, Chateau de Rochechouart
Sécurité Qualité Précision Innovation Modernité, Abbaye du Ronceray, Angers
Why Here Is Always Somewhere Else, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Playtime, Bétonsalon, Paris
Curator Curator #2: What is my name, HISK, Gent
…No Places No Frontiers…, Dominik Art Projects, Krakau

2007
RÜCKBLENDE, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
auch nicht und nur das, Arthotek München, München
With Only Exceptions New, Wannieck Gallery, Brünn
Why do you Resist, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
Pleskot, Zdenek Sklenar Gallery, Prag
Tomas Cisarovsky, Jiří Kovanda, Petr Pastrnak, Fifth Floor Gallery, Prag
Why do you Resist, Emil Filla Gallery, Usti nad Labem
documenta 12, Fridericianum, Kassel
Intocable (el ideal de la trasparencia), Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid
Czech Contemporary Art from the Collection of Richard Adam, Wannieck Gallery, Brünn
Invisible Things, Trafo Gallery, Budapest
Tanzen Sehen, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen
Contacts 2007, Galerie Klatovy / Klenová, Klenová
Form Follows… Risk, Futura / Karlín Studios, Prag | Prague; Slovak National Gallery, Pressburg | Bratislava
Actions and Interruptions, Tate Modern, London
A CDEFGHIJK MNOPQ STUV Z, Frac Ile de France / Le Plateau, Paris
Claydon, Jürgensen, Kovanda, Reyle, Veilhan, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, München | Munich
3rd Prag Biennale, Karlin Hall, Prag | Prague
GALERIE. FOCUS WIEN, Kunstraum Innsbruck
Some Time Waiting, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Heretic and Co. / Golden City, Jiří Svestka Gallery, Prag
KONTAKT Belgrade...works from the Collection of Erste Bank Group, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrad | Belgrade
Ver bailar. Dialogo entre la danza y las bellas artes, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contempoáneo, Sevilla

2006
Tranzit - Auditorium, Stage, Backstage - Eine Ausstellung in 32 Szenen, Frankfurt am Main Replaced, Barbara Klímová, Brünn | Brno
Galerie Na bidylku, Brünn | Brno (mit | with G. J. Dokoupil)
More Stories on Absence, Extra City, Antwerpen
I (ICH), Galerie, Grafisches Kabinett, Secession, Wien
Pozvao sam par prijatelja da bace pogled, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevič & Galerija Nova, Zagreb
Já / I, Futura, Prag
Get Together, Galerija Skuc, Laibach | Ljubljana
Grey Zones, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
Narrow Focus, Gallery Futura, Prag | Prague
Kontakt, MUMOK - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Wien

2005
Prague Biennale 2, Karlin Hall, Prague
Czech Photography of 20th Century, Museum of Applied Arts, Prague
East Art Museum, Karl Ernst Osthaus – Museum Hagen, Germany
Support 3 (Fluxus, Happening, Konzeptkunst), Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
1811197604122005, galeria plan b, Cluj, Romania

2004
Eintritt Frei, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Strategies of Desire, Kunsthaus Baseland, Basel, Switzerland
Parallel Actions, Galerie der HGB, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, Germany
Being the Future, Palast der Republik, Berlin, Germany
Neutral, Motörenhalle, Dresden, Germany
Cordially Invited, BAK and Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
De ma fenetre, École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris

2003
Wir müssen heute noch an Ihr Vorstellungsvermögen appellieren..., Kölnischer Kunsverein, Cologne, Germany
Parallel Actions, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA

2002
FAIR, Royal College of Art, London

2001
Body and the East, Exit Art, New York
Object, Object, Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague
Die Sammlung, Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria

2000
ÜberlebenKunst, Neuer Berliner Kunsverein, Berlin, Germany

1999
Perplex, V. Spala's Gallery, Prague
Brother's Brother, V. Löffler's Museum, Kosice, Slovakia
99 CZ – Nineties, Wenceslas Square no. 15 and other spaces, Prague
Aspekte/Positionen. 50 Jahre Kunst aus Mitteleuropa 1949–1999, Museum moderner Kunst, Palais Lichtenstein, 20er Haus, Vienna, Austria

1998
Reduced Budget, Manes, Prague
Liste 98 – The Young Art Fair, Werkraum Warteck, Basel, Switzerland
Body and the East, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Sensitivities – Contemporary Art of Cenral Europe, European Academy for the Arts, London

1997
Demode, Gallery U dobreho pastyre, Brno, CZ
Cse(h)ndes üzenetek, Budapest Galeria, Budapest

1996
Czech Abstraction, V. Spala's Gallery, Prague
L'art au corps, MAC, galeries contemporaines des Musées de Marseille, France
Abstrakt/Real, Museum moderner Kunst, 20er Haus, Vienna, Austria

1995
Test Run, Manes, Prague

1993
Second Exit, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany Czech Works on Paper, South Bank Centre, London
That What Is Left, Stenc's House, Prague

1992
Sirup, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
Gray Brick 35/1992, Gallery Klatovy/Klenova, CZ
Czech Painting and Sculpture after 1945, Alsova jihoceska galerie, Hluboka nad Vltavou, CZ

1991
New Intimacy, ULUV, Prague
Contribution to Happiness, Galerie der Künstler, Munich
The Exhibition of the Contemporary Czech Art, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taipei
Art of Action, Manes, Prague

1990
Contemporary Czech Painting, Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul

1989
Metaphysical Visions: Middle Europe, Artists Space, New York
Description of a Fight, Gallery of Art, Roudnice nad Labem, CZ

1988
Painting of the 80' Generation, Palace of Youth, Moscow

1987
Exhibition 30, People's House, Prague

1986
Body in the Czechoslovak Photography, Museum Kromerizska, Kromeriz, CZ

1981
Returns to Nature, Salon Fotografia, Beograd, Yugoslavia
1979
Places and Moments, Galeria Foto-Medium-Art, Wroclaw, Poland
Works and Words, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1978
Experience Book, Gallery Maki, Tokyo

1977
Laboratorio, Milano, Italy

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Jirí Kovanda

Untitled (with Stanislava Karbusicka and Barbora Kleinhamplova)
8. 9. 2011, Entrance Gallery, Praha
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