Marek Schovánek

Marek Schovánek

Born in Prague, raised in Canada, living in Berlin and once titled “the best unknown artist in the world”, the artist and curator Marek Schovánek manages to move lightly in the international art scene as well as in various media of artistic expression. His most typical trait can be found in his peculiar use of irony and provocation as instruments to criticise the mass consumption and destructiveness of Western societies.
In 1998, he founded MANIFEST International - Foundation for Sustainable Art and Culture and since then has been internationally active as a curator in order to promote the cultural exchange between East and West.

From 1987 to 1990, Schovánek attended Grant McEwan University in Edmonton, Canada, and in 1990 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. After completing his senior studio at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, he returned to Prague in 1992 and has been working as an artist and curator in Berlin since 1993.
In 1998, Marek Schovánek founded MANIFEST International – Foundation for Sustainable Art and Culture. In the following years, he was internationally active as a curator. Here he promoted the cultural exchange between East and West.

In 1999, he opened the first noncommercial gallery in the former socialist Prague, “Gallery No D”, with the exhibition “The Last Underground”. In 1999, he presented the interactive exhibition with performance character “1999 – Beyond Art” at MANES Gallery of Modern Art Prague.

In 2000, he presented a retrospective of international young art in Berlin. The project “INTERZONE -Recycling the Future” showed a variety of trends in the fields of fine arts, literature, music, dance, performance and film for a month.

In 2001, he was invited to present international art from Berlin in Japan for “Energy Field – 1st Biennial for Art and Culture Biwako Hall”. In 2005, he curated the German contribution to the 1st Biennial of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery in Prague, which was rated by Richard Vine in the magazine “Art in America” ​​as one of the best contributions to contemporary art of the year 2005.

Marek Schovánek lives, works and has a studio both in Berlin (since 1993) and Prague (since 1992).

 

Education

1987 • Fine Arts Degree Grant McEwan College Edmonton, Canada

1990 • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada

1991 • Senior Studio, Emily Carr College of Art and Design Vancouver, Canada

 

Solo exhibitions

2016 • Tempest of Vanity, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Berlin, Germany

2015 • PROPAGANDA, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

2015 • The Anarchist Cookie Shop, Arts Salon S, Dancing House, Prague

2014 • PHARMATOPIA, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

2014 • Rotation, Spreeviera Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2014 • PHARMATOPIA / CANDYLAND, EPEKA Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia

2013 • CANDYLAND, Spreeviera Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2013 • Crystal Distorition, Spreeviera Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012 • Hunter Gatherer, Spreeviera Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012 • Above and Below, Spreeviera Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2009 • Steganography, Livio Nardi Gallery, Nürnberg, Germany

2009 • The Nightwatch, KroArt Gallery, Wien, Austria

2008 • SPEECH, Krokus Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2007 • Fragmentation, Studio Glass Gallery, London, UK

2007 • Fragmentation, Canadian High Coundil, London, UK

2006 • Fragmentation, LeCoq Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2006 • 2. Tschechische Kulturtage | 2nd Czech Culture Days, Schlosskeller Emmendingen, Germany

2006 • Extended Painting, Double Solo – Goethe Institut and Czech Center, New York, USA

2006 • For the Love of Life, Gallery Micheliceva, Ptuj, Slovenia

2005 • The Prophit, Galerie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

2005 • Big Painting, Big Day Out, Sydney, Australia

2002 • white noise, Kraftwerk Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1998 • i.A, Camera Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1998 • Werkschau, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

1997 • Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

1996 • Thermodynamic, Manes Gallery of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic

1995 • Le Manege Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1995 • Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

1994 • Radost Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

1993 • Bratří Čapků Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

1993 • Works on Paper, Gallery K, Prague, Czech Republic

1992 • Re-Occuring Patterns, City Center Art Evo Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

1990 • Solo Exhibition, Vik Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Group exhibitions

2016 • The Soul of Money, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

2016 • 8th Portakal Çiçeği Art Colony, Sapanca Doğapark Ankara, Turkey

2016 • POLITIC(S) Art Stays, Contemporary Art Festival Ptuj, Slovenia

2016 • Newrope, Nitrianska galéria, Nitra, Slovakia

2015 • Inter National Art, Galerija PM, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2015 • Wunderkammer, Art Stays, Contemporary Art Festival Ptuj, Slovenia

2014 • Trout Cloud Swarm, Art Stays, Contemporary Art Festival Ptuj, Slovenia

2014 • Zukunst, Schloss in Valtice, Feldsberg, Czech Republic

2013 • Trust your Art Dealer, AERO KARLIN Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2013 • THE GESTURE, Serendipity Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012 • Anarchist Cookie Shop, European Capital of Culture, Art Stays Maribor/Ptuj, Slovenia

2012 • Erinnerung an Arbeit Installation | Memory of Work, Weltkulturerbe Zollverein, Essen

2012 • Bei genauerem Hinsehen – Miniaturen, Serendipity Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2011 • 1. Ruhrbiennale, Düsseldorf, Germany

2011 • Galante, Galizia, Kawanabe, Schovánek, Livio Nardi Gallery, Nürnberg, Germany

2011 • Koridoor, Instanbul Art Fair, Turkey

2011 • Brandgefahr | Fire Hazard, Gallery KK, Berlin, Germany

2009 • Next Berlin Generation, Schuster Gallery, Miami, USA

2009 • S.O.S. Strategy of Survival, Concent Art, Berlin, Germany

2009 • Art Stays, City Hall and Ptuj Castle, Ptuj, Slovenia

2008 • Showroom Sans Souci Int., Dubai, UAE

2008 • International Triennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic

2008 • Villes lumières et autres atmosphères urbaines, Gallery 100 Titres, Brussels, Belgium

2008 • Ruhe. Bewegung. Chaos., Gallery KK, Berlin, Germany

2007 • Temporary, Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE

2007 • Marek Schovánek, Index Show, Dubai, UAE

2007 • 49 Meisterwerke, RFA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2006 • Manifest International, III. Berliner Kunst Salon, Berlin, Germany

2006 • Tischgesellschaften, Raab Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2006 • 6.6.6., Gallery Caesar, Olomouc, Czech Republic

2005 • Licht und Silber | Light and Silver, II. Berliner Kunst Salon, Berlin, Germany

2004 • Hicet nunc 2004, Commune Culturale, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy

2003 • Werkschau, Berliner Kunstproject, Germany

2003 • Island of Light, Umspannwerk, Berlin, Germany

2002 • Intervento2, Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo, Italy

2002 • Hicet nunc 2002, Villa Manin, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy

2000 • Les yeux fertiles, Le Manège Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2000 • Trans Global, Manes Gallery of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic

1999 • Fragments, Ostrov Stranice, Prague, Czech Republic

1999 • The Memory of the Future, Le Manège Gallery, Postfuhramt Berlin, Germany

1998 • Werkschau, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

1997 • Schovanek/Giovangigli, Expace Commines Gallery, Paris, France

1997 • Greatings, Baccunst Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1996 • Schovanek/Giovangigli, Le Manège Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1996 • Werkschau, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

1996 • L’Europe De L’Est(e), Grange aux Belles, Paris, France

1996 • Artomic Art, Le Manège Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1995 • The Departmment of ARt, Berlin, Germany

1994 • Kokoro, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

1994 • Kunst in der Südlichen Waldstrasse, Karlsruhe, Germany

1993 • Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

1993 • Salon Exhibition, Manes Gallery of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic

1993 • Lyra Pragensis Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic

1993 • CHRASTEN, Nove sdružení pražských malířů, Vyšehrad, Prague, Czech Republic

1992 • Art in the Castle, Castle Roztoky, Galerie H, Prague, Czech Republic

1991 • Figures in the Hall, City Center Art Evo Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

1991 • Double Bill, Schovanek/Ball, Vik Gallery, Canada

1991 • Canada Council Bank Blast, Alberta Vik Gallery, Canada

1991 • Summer Splash, Vik Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

1991 • Double Show, Stonecrop Gallery, Canmore, Canada

1990 • Canada Council Bank Blast, Alberta Vik Gallery, Canada

1990 • The Workd Exhibition: Big Painting, Vik Gallery, Canada

1990 • Emily Carr Graduation Show, Vik Gallery, Canada

1989 • AIDS Benefit Exhibit, Vik Gallery, Canada

1989 • Canada Council Art Blast, Vik Gallery, Canada

1989 • Fine ARts Building Drawing Show, FAB Gallery, University of ALberta, Edmonton, Canada

1989 • University of Alberta Graduate Show, Edmonton, Canada

 

Grants and awards

2007 • Canadian High Commission, London, UK

2006 • Goethe Institut, New York, USA

2006 • Czech Center, New York, USA

2000 • Goethe Institut, Prague, Czech Republic

1999 • Pro Helvetia, Prague, Czech Republic

1999 • Goethe Institut, Prague, Czech Republic

1998 • Open Society Fund, Czech Republic

1996 • Pro Helvetia, Prague, Czech Republic

1996 • Canadian Embassy Prague

1996 • Goethe Institut, Prague, Czech Republic

1994 • Czech Ministry of Culture, Prague, Czech Republic

1993 • Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada

1993 • Czech Arts and Science Foundation, Canada

1989 • Drawing Award FAB Gallery, Canada

 

Collections

Canadian Embassy Prague, Czech Republic

Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, Canada

Vik Gallery Edmonton, Canada

Galerie K, Prague, Czech Republic

Manes Gallery of Modern Art, Prague, Czech Republic

Galerie Radost, Prague, Czech Republic

Brooker Foundation Calgary, Canada

Helmut Koppenhagen, Germany

National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic

EPEKA Galerija Maribor, Slovenia

and other private and public collections worldwide

 

MAREK SCHOVÁNEK CV 2017