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Lukáš Kándl – Phantasten Museum
Lukáš Kándl will be exhibiting his artwork in a solo exhibition at the Vienna Phantasten Musuem in May. Kándl and his wife Françoise, are often busy organising and managing travelling group exhibitions for the Libellule project throughout Europe. It is therefore a treat to see an exhibition dedicated to larger body of work from Lukáš.
Since its opening in 2011, the Phantasten Museum has hosted many group and solo exhibitions of Fantastic Art. Some of the leading names in Fantastic Art have graced the walls of the Museum with their artwork. Now the artwork of Lukáš Kándl will add to the history of notable exhibits with 43 artworks going on display.
Lukáš will be at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday May 5th, for those who wish to meet the artist himself.
Lukáš Kándl was born 1944 in Prag, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, and then later emigrating to France where he obtained citizenship in 1975. He has had more than 60 solo shows and about 400 group exhibitions. In 2010, the city of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, just outside of Paris, organized a retrospective with more than 150 artworks. As leader of the “Visionirique-Étrange” group in the Salon Comparaisons, the international art exhibition event held every year at the Grand Palais, near the Champs-Elysées, Paris, he went on to establish the international movement of artists Libellule. One of the Libellule collections “Exclamations!” was exhibited in the Palais Palffy in February and March 2011.
As a Magic Realism painter, he works with the Old Masters techniques, using oils on panel, copper and canvas.
“My feeling is that, in our extremely materialistic world, balance goes through spirituality, poesy and dream. My spirituality takes root into reading, thinking and meditation. I draw my inspiration from secular or biblical texts, prose as well as poesy. I always add, so I hope, a wink, a bit of humor, sometimes dark, as a double-meaning of the things. My permanent concern is to respect the “Beau métier”. If my painting provokes or disturbs, it does it because of its content, but there is no room for poor execution. I create my paintings like a theme song, to provoke, or to lead the spectator to ask questions of themselves, to highlight strange situations, and, sometimes, to bring my own answers while allowing the spectator the choice to find theirs. Inspiration comes to me fairly easily; ideas seem to have been put in a huge mental library, with ad infinitum of books and subjects. I just need to take a stroll in my library, stretch out my hand, and the content of my paintings will magically appear, naturally.”
Lukáš Kándl Solo Exhibition
Opening: Saturday 5th March,11am
Duration: 5th March – 8th June 2012
Opening times: Daily 10am – 6pm
Phantasten Museum Vienna
Tel: +43 1 512 56 810