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2016-03-24 13.00 - 2016-12-31

Křehký design på Österlens Museum

Designern och illustratören Michal Bačáks fattiga servis från designstudio Křehký visas på utställningen "Tillbaka till framtiden – vad kan samtidsdesignen lära av allmogehantverket?" på Österlens Museum.

Österlens Museum bjuder på utställningen:

Kom och upptäck ornamenten på nytt och se kopplingarna mellan då och nu! Och för att citera utställningsproducenten, Kulturnyheternas konst-och designkritiker Dennis Dahlqvist: ”Den som påstår att det var bättre förr blir ofta betraktad som ett slags bakåtsträvande bromskloss. Men en hel del saker var faktiskt bättre förr. Under det senaste decenniet har många av våra främsta unga designers till exempel börjat arbeta för hand igen precis som allmogen. Men beröringspunkterna mellan den samtida designen och allmogens formgivning är betydligt fler än så.”


The Token of Fertility and the Generous Wind

Inteview with Michal Bačák

Michal Bačák depicts the discreet blend of Moravian and Easter Island cultures in this limited edition of hand-painted bowls for Křehký – 129 years after Emil Holub was confronted by the Mushukulumbwe at the Kafue River. After decorating his Elementary Set, Michal Bačák (as part of another project for Křehký) set out on researching the tradition of Kyjov majolica – an area Křehký has been interested in for a long time. Michal decided to design this edition of bowls after meeting Karel Hanák, a manufacturer of Kyjov majolica pieces using traditional methods at his family home in Násedlovice. As a symbol of his commitment to the project, Michal also walked all the way across the open Slovácko landscape to Násedlovice to meet the man himself.


Michal, why is the girl dressed in a Moravian folk costume wearing a parrot mask?

To understand the girl’s “parrot mask”, you need to see the costume in its broader context. Tangata manu, or “bird man”, is one of the main animistic deities in the geographical sub-region of the Moravian South Pacific dating back to the first settlements. Its cult survived, totally unchanged, until the early 1700s when it was outlawed by the Moravian governor and Catholic missionaries. Nevertheless, it persists in the folk culture on some islands even today. This single girl from Moravian Samoa is wearing the Tangata manu parrot mask as a token of fertility and the generous wind. During her tribe’s engagement ceremony, the mask also allows her to hide the scar she received from fighting an orangutan. 


What other things can we find on your bowl drawings?

These bowls depict both everyday and ceremonial life in specific regions, much like other objects of colonial folk culture. By portraying these blends of cultures, religions and symbols in exotic nature, they document specific historical eras – with just a hint of mystification. 


What led you down this route?

Křehký Mikulov, Hanácké Slovácko, Moravské Slovácko, Mr. Hanák’s bowls from Násedlovice, and the idea of what would happen if the Morava and Labe rivers had been a bit broader and deeper. Czech merchant ships and warships might have then sailed down them to discover and conquer the world. 


Your drawings made for the Elementary Set feature playful elements and images of childhood. Why?

Because we associate childhood with having fun, even though it can also be terribly boring. But it is mostly fun. The soup plate from the Elementary Set features an “Apollo” pond close to Lednice in South Moravia. The pond is actually called Mlýnský but that’s not important. What is important are the temple on its bank, the sun-burnt grass, the crooked acacia trees, but mostly the poplars! And stone steps leading down to grey sand full of small dams and flooded Atlantises and then water, a lot of water… and then, just in front of Egypt, willows, acacia trees, but mostly the poplars again! I grew up in Ostrava and there’s no better place for a ten-year-old palaeontologist to turn slag heaps overrun with weeds into a carboniferous horsetail forest (with the help of two or three plastic dinosaurs bought in Tuzex). My childhood is also linked with holidays at my grandparents’ place in Brno and summer holidays at my great-grandfather’s small house by the railway lines in Skalice close to Česká Lípa. 


What is your favourite place now?

Místodržitelský letohrádek (The Governor’s Summer Palace) in Stromovka because it’s closest to my heart. Smrk mountain in the Beskydy because I no longer have time to climb it in summer storms. There are dozens more but I can’t remember them right now. I’m sure that I like some of those even more. 








Österlens Museum, Simrishamn

Från 2016-03-24 13.00
Till 2016-12-31


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