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DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Poupětova 1, Praha 7

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40–300 CZK, Tickets available at venue

The exhibition project entitled Art-Brut-All is an empirical test of the possible cohesion of approaches with which metal subculture operates, principles or strategies in contemporary art, and current social trends. The exhibition features 42 artists from Georgia to Iceland.

Metal music can be a symbol of redneckery for some; it can also be a lifestyle, an ironic worldview, or a means of escape from this world. It is a subcultural sign. It is connected to a certain generation and aesthetics. Metal has an unmistakeable (sometimes even theatrical) visual language. It can me macho, feministic, or pathetic, but in most cases is aggressive. And poetic. Metal has avoided all fads and intellectual conceits and countless trends. A pathetic attitude that is free of cynical humour and self-depreciative irony is hard to market. And this is also one of the reasons it remains authentic.

Even the name of the exhibition project is a play on words. It is based on the name of the Brutal Assault festival, where it was first featured, and from “Art Brut”, the term for unschooled art, art in its raw form. Even though the exhibiting artists are mostly unschooled, they work with elementary art expression, form, and content. It gives that which under certain circumstances can be seen and heard as brutal and raw the opportunity to be understood and experienced as authentic and original, both on the metal scene and in art culture. The name can then be understood not only as the main slogan of the exhibition, but also as “massive support” for an everyday perception of the world from many angles.

Artists: Daniel Balabán, Kateřina Barabášová, Erik Binder, Tereza Eisnerová, Pavel Forman, Martin Gerboc, Xénie Hoffmeisterová, Vendula Chalánková, Chen Qingqing, Junichiro Ischii, Paweł Jarodzki, Martin Juef, MK Kaehne, Martin Kocourek, Tomáš Koudela, František Kowolowski, Jiří Krtička, Jiří Kuděla, Zorka Lednárová, Petr Lysáček, Barbora Maštrlová, Stefan Milkov, Nicolai, Jiří Petrbok, Antti Pussinen, Rafani, Václav Rodek, Sadofsky a Trantina, Helena Sequens, Marek Schovánek, Paulina Skavová, Adam Stanko, Ivo Sumec, Jiří Surůvka, Marek Škubal, Ivana Štenclová, František Štorm, Niko Tschekladze, Jan Vytiska, Krzysztof Walaszek, Iliko Zautashvili