Lost: Michael Bielicky & Kamila B. Richter

10. 2. – 29. 4. 2017

From 10 February to 25 March 2017, the Cuban museum Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana will host an exhibition of the works of Michael Bielicky – a pioneer in new media art – who, in collaboration with Kamila B. Richter, creates unique artistic groupings that represent an unparalleled visual form in the world of new media.
This is the fourth Bielicky / Richter exhibition held in Cuba, and it once again brings many surprises:
“Loss and decay are two of the long-term themes we address through digital technology, which allows us to bring images to life using live information data from the net. We exhibit these data-influenced narratives in various museums around the world.
Cuba is an exceptionally inspirational place for us, something of a lost paradise where images of an Eden are intermingled with decay in the same scene. On the one hand, Cuba is an elysian Caribbean island, rich in culture; on the other, the disintegration of original structures is visible everywhere in this island nation that is currently facing a much more complicated situation than the former Communist Czechoslovakia.
Inspired by these circumstances, we created the project Lost for the prestigious museum Centro Wifredo Lam.
In seven separate rooms in a historic building in the centre of Havana, the exhibition visitors will pass through specifically arranged environments, all of them evoking what may be termed an analogue version of virtual reality, which will immerse the viewer into diverse images reflecting the losses suffered in the present-day world – whether of a digital, political, or abstract nature.
Spectators will see texts moving in a spiral shape, imaginary gardens with animated pictograms reflecting current world events, and decorative pictogram compositions associated with the absurdity of the state of the world as a whole.
The entire installation will be equipped with sound.”
With this exhibition, the Centro Wifredo Lam is continuing to present works by foreign artists in order to allow the general public to become familiar with them. Cuba has a buzzing art scene. There are a number of established and sought-after artists who are an important part of contemporary artistic events at the international level, and young Cuban art is also involved. Thanks to its international focus, the Havana Biennale, with a tradition of over thirty years, is opening the door to the world for Cuban art and, at the same time, allowing art from around the world to enter the art scene in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This exhibition is the collaborative effort of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Cuba and the Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář in Prague. The gallery will publish an eponymous exhibition catalogue in Spanish, with texts written by Professor Peter Weibel, Peter Sloterdijk, and Paul Kenig. This is historically the first book that Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář arranged to have printed in Havana using original printing presses.