MATEJ KRÉN - BOOK CELL, Installation, 2006
19 July 2006 to 31 December 2006
The Book Cell Project, which will be installed in the CAMJAP's Hall and remain there during six months, repeats the recurring procedure, in the work of this artist , of piling up thousands of books, creating an architectonic structure where we are invited to step inside . The memory and knowledge accumulated in the books gathered, closed and inaccessible, diverse and precious will be potentially recovered in the end, when all of the books can return to their function of being read, but meanwhile they will have been worked on as sculpting matter and as the spirit of the place where the artist intends to hold us: an hexagonal enclosure with a passage defined by mirrors that assure the vertigo of a fall, the ad infinitum fragmentation, the panic of spatial disorientation characteristic of a virtual infinity. Book Cell will gather editions from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the past 50 years, reinforcing the site specific nature of the work with the incorporation of one of the most precious streaks in the history of the cultural intervention of this institution.
MATEJ KRÉN (1958, Trenc(ín, Slovakia)
Graduate in Design and with public prominence among the French public, in the contemporary art area, since 1990, MATEJ KRÉN developed from then onwards a broad and recognized international artistic career. After studying Fine Arts in Bratislava and Prague between 1977 and 1985, he established his residence in Bratislava until 1997, the year he moves to Prague, where he currently lives.
Works of his such as Gravity Mixer, Omfalos e Idiom were already distinguished with important awards. For example, nominations such as the UNESCO Special Prize 1995 for the Promotion of the Arts and the TatraBanka Prize in 2004, in Slovakia.