Viktor Kolár

1941 · Czech Republic

Artist biography

Viktor Kolár is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Czech Republic, like other famous artists such as Tomás Tichy, Merlin, Veronika Pausova, Jitka Hanzlová, and Jiri Cernicky. Viktor Kolár was born in 1941.

Viktor Kolár's Gallery representation

Viktor Kolár is represented and exhibited by Nicolas Krupp located in Basel, Switzerland.

Further Biographical Context for Viktor Kolár

Viktor Kolár was born in 1941 and was predominantly inspired by the 1960s growing up. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s represent an extremely powerful era which generated an important number of breaks and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would permanently mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever influence generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with revolutionary values and movements evolving in a cradle of innovation. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily persuaded by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often associated with the human condition. Internationally, a significant number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Viktor Kolár

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