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Richard Kočí


born: 26. 1. 1954 in Prague, lives and works in Prague and Madrid
graduate: Bellas artes de San Fernando, Madrid (ESP)
Escuela de Artes y Oficios, Madrid (ESP)
address: Betlémská 1, 110 00 Prague 1
e-mail: kocirich@volny.cz
http://www.richardkoci.cz

Henry Miller once said that the goal at which we aim is not in the change of the setting, but rather in the change of thinking. Just like about everyone who comes to Mikulov in summer, I immediately felt its magical attraction. Coincidentally, we arrived during a tropical heat wave, which even deepened the notion of some kind of geographical confusion. I remember my morning walks in the empty town square and the same deserted little streets in early afternoons. When the heat was at its worst, people sought shade and this strongly reminded me of the atmosphere of the typical lazy summer Spanish afternoon I so intimately know from the Mediterranean. A light feeling of deja-vu immediately brought about empathy with the environment. The past was laid upon me from all corners of Mikulov in spite of being there for the first time. In Mikulov I found peace of mind and the perception of time I was used to from before. Another time dimension where time passes according to my ideas and you don't feel continuously dragged by events and circumstances. My statues require lots of time and strength to make. I wanted the result of my work to reflect something from my month's stay in Mikulov; I wanted my new statue to belong there in some way. The "Tear of the Capuchin" is not only a reference to the town's ancient history but also a symbolic expression of the mysterious ways of destiny. Henry Miller might have been right that the goal is a shift in ideas, but place does play an important role in the whole process. There is no present without the past and the future is the result of the present.We all know that life takes place right now and that it is no use looking back with nostalgia. Those who look into the future too much run the risk of realizing that he missed something, that some things are gone for good.That we know, and yet we have to keep looking for ways of putting up with these contrasts. Sometimes we do well, sometimes we don't. Art is one option.The month I spent with art in Mikulov was a gift that matures with time just like wine and it will be great to pull it nostalgically out of the closet of memories and enjoy it once again.

Richard Kočí


Tear of a Capuchin
Tear of a Capuchin
beech plywood, veneer, 90 x 65 x 176 cm, 2006

List of artists participating in MAS "dílna" in 1994–2010

Peter Angermann , Mathias Antlfinger / Ute Hörner Nikos Armutidis (1994 , 1999 , 2003) , Mikoláš Axmann , Jan Bačkovský , Anna Balážová , Alena Beldová , Karl – Heinz Bethmann , Václav Bláha , Erika Bornová , Machiel Botman , Veronika Bromová , Milan Cais Tomáš Císařovský (2000 , 2001 , 2003) , Martin Čada , Ondřej Čech , Rostislav Čuřík Jiří David (2007 , 2008 , 2013) Stanislav Diviš (1998 , 2014) Milena Dopitová (2010 , 2013 , 2009) , Martin Dostál , Jana Doubková Eva Eisler (2005 , 2006 , 2013) , Luděk Filipský , Vladimír Franz , Monika Fryčová , Michal Gabriel , Zdeněk Halla , David Hanvald , Zbyněk Havlín , František Hodonský , Vladimír Houdek , Milan Houser , Dalibor Chatrný , Jeff Chiplis , Matyáš Chochola Petr Jareš (1996 , 1997 , 1998 , 2003) , Eva Jirička , Irena Jůzová , Michal Kalhous , Kristýna Kašparová , Vladimíra Klumparová , Richard Kočí , Ondřej Kohout , Inge Kosková , Eva Koťátková , Nina Kotel , Jiří Kovanda , Vojtěch Kovářík , František Kowolowski , Radovan Král , Vendula Pucharová Kramářová , Antonín Kratochvíl Antonín Kratochvíl (2006 , 2013) Milan Kunc (2000 , 2012) , Tomáš Lahoda , Otis Laubert Zdeněk Lhotský (1994 , 1995) Libor Lípa (1994 , 2000 , 2003 , 2013 , 2011) Ivana Lomová (2001 , 2002 , 2003) , Barbora Lungová , Petr Lysáček , Christian Macketanz , Martin Mainer , Břetislav Malý , Tomáš Medek , Johana Merta , Vladimír Merta Stefan Milkov (1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 2003) , David Možný , Aleš Najbrt , Klára Nejezchlebová , Jaromíra Němcová , Jakub Nepraš Petr Nikl (2001 , 2003) , Libor Novotný Vít Novotný (1997 , 2003) , Pavel Opočenský , Petra Pavlicová , Jiří Pikous , Tereza Brichtová Pirščová , Petr Písařík , Jan Pištěk , Viktor Pivovarov , Otto Placht , Aldin Popaja , Tomáš Prokop , Viktorie Prokopová Martina Riedlbauchová (1996 , 1997 , 1999 , 2003) , Veronika Richterová , Ulric Roldanus Jaroslav Róna (1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 2003) , Tomáš Ruller , Kamila Rýparová , Vladimir Salnikov , František Skála , Vladimír Skrepl , Roman Sliwka , Daniela Sneppová Jiří Sobotka (1999 , 2005 , 2013) , Společné dílo kurátorů 2004 – 2013 , Tono Stano , Jan Stolín Václav Stratil (2004 , 2011) , Antonín Střížek , Corine Stübi Čestmír Suška (1996 , 1997 , 2003) , Evžen Šimera , Jaromír Šimkůj , Michal Šmeral , Vladimír Špaček , Karel Štědrý , Jindřich Štreit , Laco Teren Oldřich Tichý (2014 , 2015) , Margita Titlová Ylovsky , Michaela Klimanová Trizuljaková , Účastníci 10. ročníku MVS , Katarína Hládeková , Woody Vasulka , Tereza Velíková , Aleš Veselý Petr Veselý (2014 , 2016) , Kateřina Vincourová , Eva Vones , Jiří Votruba Michaela Vrbková (2010 , 2012) Margita Titlová Ylovsky (1999 , 2004) , František Zelinka Petr Zubek (2007 , 2013 , 2009) , Peter Župník


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Mikulov – a Town of Art.
This Project is Co-funded by the European Union and the South-Moravian Region.