Magdalena Jetelová

Magdalena Jetelová is a Czech/German artist known for her land and environmental installation works.

Sculpture being her initial discipline outside of the gallery environment, she began to deal with relations between objects and space. She was one or the first artists from the post-Communist countries to start applying new technologies and laser light and made use of coded language of GPS coordinates as well as of modern robotic systems. In the continuously improving technology of new media she has found an opportunity for a revival of communication and for mediation of uncommon emotional experience. She is flexible in her response to places, she extracts it from the common context and alters its structure, with the aim of perceiving different interlayers or time and space. She deconstructs the present form of architecture by a new visuality, destabilizes its space by intentional reversal or repetition of elements, and by a general shift in time she uncovers remote or excluded contexts. She never forgets social aspects either, such as human rights issues and concerns for the environment.

As early as 1983 she was invited to exhibit in the New Art at the Tate Gallery in London as the only representative of the Eastern Block countries, and from this point gradually entered the international artistic scene.

She has taught at the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf and the Academy in Munich. She was also a consultant to President Vactav Havel in the Prague Castle.

Her exhibition history includes MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Tate Gallery in London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Chicago Art Center, Serpentine Gallery, and Martin-Grophius-Bau Berlin, She has also taken part in international fairs such as Documenta, Sydney Biennale, Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and The Venice Biennale.

Her work is found in international collections including Centre Pompidou, Museum der Stadt Darmstadt, The Henry Moore Institute Leeds, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., and the National Gallery in Prague.

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