ACQUISITIONS 2018: KATEŘINA ŠEDÁ The Bedřichovice Meridian
Kateřina Šedá’s work is impossible to ignore, both for its content and for its form (UNES-CO, which represented the Czech Republic at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, is just the most recent of her projects). This exhibition at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava is presenting one of Šedá’s largest projects, From morning till night (2011─2015). In the first event held as part of the project, a group of people from the Moravian village of Bedřichovice were invited to travel to the Tate Modern in London, where they re-enacted a normal day in their lives (From Morning Till Night, 2011). In the subsequent years, the village celebrated the annual feast of Bedřichovice (3 September), which Šedá had created specially for the project. The five-year project culminated with the creation of a new village square (Bedřichovice upon Thames, 2015), which includes references to the Tate Modern as well as some classic London icons.
This exhibition of a major contemporary Czech artist is the second in the cycle ‘Acquisitions 2018’, which presents the gallery’s recent acquisitions not only as material artefacts (new additions to the gallery’s collections), but above all as non-material gains, enriching the cultural life of the entire community.