Lubo Kristek

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Lubo Kristek (born 8 May 1943) is a sculptor, painter and performer of Czech origin who lived in West Germany from 1968 until the 1990s. He is best known for his critical assemblages and happenings. Many of his sculptures are located in various countries as public works of art.

Quotes[edit]

Kristek, 1975-76: 'Metastation of Abandoned Tones', assemblage; - quote of Kristek, 1976: 'Until man understands relativity, his gateway to the Absolute remains closed.'
  • Until man understands relativity, his gateway to the Absolute remains closed.
    • Quote, 1970s, as quoted in Lubo Kristek – Genius Loci Cobwebbed, Sonia Fischer, Hartfrid Neunzert, Barbora Putova; RICA, Brno, 2019, p. 62
  • Art is nothing abstract, theoretical. We cannot detach it or set it apart. Art must live, and I want to be the intermediary of life.
    • Quote in an interview by Sven Mueller, published in 'Das kunstvolle Leben des Bildhauers: Lubo Kristek', Collage: Zeitschrift für Literatur und Grafik 3, p. 33. Translated in Kristek Thaya Glyptotheque, Barbora Putova; RICA, Brno, 2018.
  • … if the child in man atrophies - he loses his fantasy, if mankind aborts fantasy – it will die out! …
    • Quote, as quoted in Lubo Kristek – Third Eye of Distance Communication, Hartfrid Neunzert; Neues Stadtmuseum, Landsberg am Lech, 2008, last page

Quotes about Kristek[edit]

  • Therefore, with his painting, Kristek intentionally awakens the viewer’s fantasy, instead of presenting something ready-made. From the example of the Penzing cemetery chapel, we can see that modern painting fulfils its function even in the sacral field.
    • 'Raum für Phantasie im Sakralen', Augsburger Allgemeine, 27 September 1974, p. 19. Referring to Kristek’s altar painting Composition between Suffering and Hope. Translated in Lubo Kristek – Genius Loci Cobwebbed, Sonia Fischer, Hartfrid Neunzert, Barbora Putova; RICA, Brno, 2019, p. 55.
  • One could hardly imagine a more inseparable and fruitful unity of art and architecture. Where could we find, in the field of art in architecture, a comparable example in Rhineland over the last twelve years?
    • 'Kunst und Bau', Steinmetz + Bildhauer, No. 5, 1982, p. 396. Referring to Kristek’s sculpture Tree of Knowledge. Translated in Lubo Kristek – Genius Loci Cobwebbed, Sonia Fischer, Hartfrid Neunzert, Barbora Putova; RICA, Brno, 2019, p. 46.

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