Jiří Kovanda “On Paper”

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Kovanda is a self-taught artist and started his career in the middle of the 1970s with no private studio.During the period, he carried out self-effacing style of actions in crowd, street, public spaces and etc. in Prague; they were documented through black and white photos and compiled into leaflets along with simple scenario (on what to do and how to do it). Actually, these inconspicuous actions were intended to spread their effect to urban space in an undisturbed manner.

The simple impression of his actions can also be perceived in his paintings, drawings, and sculptures and installations which are carefully situated in space. These artworks quietly indicate that no matter how things are transient, emotions and circumstances of everypeople are valuable, every material is rich, and every time and space is plentiful.

Since the 2000s, Kovanda’s artistic activity was rediscovered by researchers and other interested people.He has participated in important international exhibitions and been widely influential while pursuing his career through active creation.



from January 18, 2021 to February 12, 2021
Exhibition Hours 14:00-19:00


Jiří Kovanda



Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
Note:Closed on Czech national holidays.


Address: 2-16-14 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone: 03-3400-8129 Fax: 03-3400-8186

10 minute walk from exit 2 at Hiroo Station on the Hibiya line. 16 minute walk from the West exit of Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote and Saikyo lines.

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