Artists: Klará Hosnedlová and Igor Hosnedl
Exhibition title: Red Riding Hood
Curated by: Mónika Zsikla
Venue: Horizont Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Date: September 6 – October 2, 2016
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Horizont Gallery
The installation for the first fall exhibition (Red Riding Hood) of Horizont Gallery, by a group of young artists from Prague, Klára Hosnedlová and Igor Hosnedl, recalls certain historic locations of the former Austro-Hungarian Monarchy through personal stages of a lifetime. The protagonist of their story adaptation is Josef Hoffmann (1870) Brtnice-born architect known as the founder of the Viennese Art Nouveau and the Weiner Werkstatte. Hoffmann’s oeuvre – both inceptive and a reference point of 20th century modernism – also includes various well-know buildings (e.g. Purkersdorf Sanatorium, Stoclet Palace) and noted items of design history. The centre point of the exhibition installation is the Brtnice birthplace of Hoffmann where he spent his formative youth – the building today operates as a smaller memorial house and museum. The most significant spaces of the family home – such as the yellow loggia, the tea salon, the staircase and the garden pavilion – are represented by the artists as a stage of the photographic documentation of a girl dressed in a red hooded mantle. The hand-embroidered images using photographic documentation of Brtnice are incorporated into a sculpture forest / forest sculpture layout evoking the scenery of a modernist stage set echoes the lines of Hoffmann’s modernist object and building designs.