. hunt kastner is pleased to present this tribute to
on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of her iconic, and at the time controversial, installation that was shown at the exhibition Jiří Kolář & Běla Kolářová, Jan Ságl & Zorka Ságlová,
The work Hay-Straw was realized in the traditional space of the Václav Špála Gallery on Národní St. in Prague in August 1969. In one room, Zorka Ságlová exhibited yellow bales of straw and green alfalfa; in the other, brown-green hay. The pressed bales kept rearranging, hay kept being piled and raked in many different ways, and thus, there was a constant, but subtle and artistically homogeneous change of the exhibited objects. Due to the looseness of the bales, hay and straw became scattered all over the rooms and mixed up, and here thus appeared material structures whose movement suggested possibilities that became typical for Ságlová’s future works. Here, the accidental was indistinctly combined with prepared structure. On the one hand, the installation Hay, Straw gave an avant-garde impression and shocked both the artistic layman and professional public, but, on the other (as we see especially after a lapse of time), it was a very poetic and, in fact, traditional work.
This exhibition, which presents 16 black and white photographs taken by Jan Ságl throughout the exhibition (including the dernissage where the dissident rock group The Plastic People of the Universe played) has no ambition to be a recreation of the installation and event, which we feel in any case to be impossible to faithfully reenact, but more of an reminder of how things were and a tribute to the artist and her unique legacy.
The exhibition runs until August 23rd. We would like to thank Jan Ságl for his help and overall generosity in helping to organize the exhibition.
Opening August 30th
Zbyněk Baladrán, The Beginning of Something Yet to be Determined in the main gallery
Jaro Varga, We don’t know that we know, in cooperation with Ivan Gallery from Bucharest in the projekt_room, a part of the Prague 2019 Friend of a Friend program.
gallery opening hours
Tue-Fri, 1-6pm, Sat 2-6pm