Czech Artist David Černý Unveils his Latest Sculpture this Weekend

The provocateur revealed his latest, a robotic art thief that moves across the ledge of a museum, in Olomouc this weekend

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 22.05.2017 11:06:00 (updated on 22.05.2017) Reading time: 1 minute

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 22.05.2017 11:06:00 (updated on 22.05.2017) Reading time: 1 minute

Saturday saw the annual Olomouc Museum Night commence with a highly anticipated opening ceremony in front of its Museum of Modern Art.

This year the event was attended by artist David Černý who revealed his latest work, a mechanical moving sculpture, that dangles from the museum facade, slowly creeping along its ledge.

Entitled “Thief,” (in Czech Lupič) the sculpture features a typical Černý flourish, a distorted face poking out of the robber’s sack.

The work depicts an art thief attempting to heist a sculpture by fellow artist Karel Nepraš; the statue also speaks, panting and cursing. The voice is supplied by musician David Koller.

For additional photos of the opening and a behind-the-scenes look at the installation see the Muzeum umění Olomouc Facebook page.

Photo:  Muzeum umění Olomouc / FB
Photo: Muzeum umění Olomouc / FB

The prolific Černý debuted another creation, an interactive sculpture called Trifot, last year for the opening of Prague’s Czech Photo Centre.

Another Černý project, Pink Tank 91, made headlines this Saturday as well when a group of military activitists attempted to deface the installation, currently parked in Brno, with green paint.

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