1965 – 1972
Irena Jůzová was born to a family of music teachers in Hradec Králové in 1965. The cultural base of the family, the uncle, kunsthitorian, and probably father's friendship with sculptor Ladislav Zívr (group 42) influenced her that she became to be interested in fine art and own creation. Visits of Zívr's studio in Ždírec u Nové Paky, his sculptures and narrations … this all left strong memories. During her childhood, she often stayed with her grandparents in Dvorce and Hvězdoňovice near Okrisek in Moravia. Here, it was developed her relation to nature, to free movement, to space. The grandparents lived at the end of a village, in a complex of buildings, near to a forest, in a house, that was used as a train station during WW II: a delightful place for children games and fantasy.
1970 – 1984
She attended an elementary school in Hradec Králové. The education in this time was closed and authoritative approach has never appealed to her. During her adolescence she had the access to art literature, because her uncle and aunt worked as art historians. Their library offered many expert books, world belletrist and philosophy literature. To her family, their friends sent quality magazine about contemporary art, Kunstforum International; so she had an option to get in touch with the west fine art.
In this time, she was mainly interested in the installation of Joseph Beuys. She did not understand the content of his message and none around her could give her good response to her questions, nevertheless this fine art expression appealed to her. She decided that her life way would be an artistic one. From her desire it crystallized a subconscious goal, to go through an unexplored way and not as her parents originally thought to become an illustrator, as she drew nicely.
In 1980, she was accepted to – the Secondary Decorative Glass Art School in Železný Brod and to the Secondary Decorative Art School in Brno. She chose Brno, and in 2014, she graduated in the discipline of Exhibition's Management under architect Olga Drápalová.
1984 – 1991
After the secondary studies, she tried several times to be admitted to a university or a college. During preparation and waiting for studies she returned to her parents to Hradec Králové. She taught fine arts at the Common School of Fine Arts in Hořice. Later on, she was glad, for this long period of uncertainty, 1984 –1987, because she could be a student during the epoch of changes and could perceive the atmosphere of the Velvet Revolution.
Work from this period Selected Works 84–91
In 1987, she was accepted to the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design to Milan Hegar's studio. This school year in the studio of Book Culture and Font, she began under the leadership of docent Jan Solper. This studio was one of the most progressive studios and she had here excellent results. However, she felt, that she would like to more deal with free creation so she changed this studio to the studio of Ladislav Čepelák in 1989. The November of 1989 brought Velvet Revolution and there were radical changes at the Academy of Fine Arts. Students asked important person of Czech fine art to become to be head teachers of studios.
In 1990, Irena Jůzová began to study under Aleš Veselý in the newly created studio Space and Graphics (later on the School of Monumental Creation). Professor Veselý gave to students non-frequent freedom and had the patience with their artistic development. Irena Jůzová quite quickly changed temper paintings and drawings to large format woodcuts and prints at aircraft paper.
In 1991, Irena Jůzová created her first spatial object called Transmitter.
1991 – 1998
With Professor Aleš Veselý, students travelled quite often, particularly though Germany. Irena Jůzová was always interested in the space and her intensive aim was to get out of drawings, which she created till this moment and to create three dimensional works. At the beginning of 90's, she began to create intuitive installations from found material. Just there, we are able to find the hints of her future work with light and her interest in intangible materials as the means of art expression
When trying to meet with new art works, Irena Jůzová was approached by the works of Bruce Nauman and Louise Bourgeois. She met in person James Turell during his Prague’s exhibition in Belveder where she helped as a student during his exhibition in 1991. In this period, she received the welding list and started to work at dimensional interactive installations at the Academy of Fine Arts. During her studies she was very active and she was chosen to participate at the European Biennial of Young, Germinations 7..
During the international exhibition, she exhibited in the Le Magasin – CNAC in Grenoble in France. For the her work A Desk for Twenty Players :[item:4132 ], she received a special price. At the home scene, she appeared together with her classmates from the Academy of Fine Arts and she participated at two international exhibitions called Women Houses, Prague (1992,1994). In 1993, she moved to Prague. In this time, Irena Jůzová was supported by the Swiss Foundation Jana & Milan Jelinek Stiftung. The foundation bought her work Places I., which later on, it became to be a part of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague, 2006. In 1994, she graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts by the work called Between a Public Spectacle and Privacy.
Work from this period: Selected works 91–98
Immediately after her graduation in 1995, Irena Jůzová was offered to prepare a solo exhibition in the three steps Gallery of Václav Špála in the Prague centre by the gallery worker Jaroslav Krbůšek. She called this exhibition Weird Games and created installation from thousand steel sabres, through which corridor visitors entranced other parts of gallery while hearing sounds of crackling electricity. In the same year, she succeeded in the tender of the programme ArtsLink Residencies for an autumn residency to USA. The committee recommended her to LBMA Video Annex by Museum of Art Long Beach, thanks to her interest in work with video. During her stay she travelled a lot round California desserts and it impressed her the nature in Death Valley, National Park. In the USA, she met with important American artist Bill Viola, whom she visited in his LLC studio in Long Beach.
In 1995, Irena Jůzová began to work more with sound and created a few sound installations. The sound installation The Apparent Inmovability was exhibited at the Biennial of Young in the chapel of the House at the Bell of the Gallery of the Municipal City in Prague in 1996; her sound and music installation The Apparent Uncertainty was exhibited in the factory complex Cosmos in Bratislava. At the beginning of 1997, she stayed on a prestigious scholarship in the famous intaglio workshop Küpferdrück – Peter Kneubühler in Zurich. Later, in 2003, there was prepared the exhibition Print to Image of some Czech artists, who participated here. The prints are in the ownership of the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design.
The next year, she stayed at the two months residency in the Sculpture Space in Utice, N.Y. v U.S.A., where she created a hang-out object with inflatable balloons called Climate, Not the Soul Will Change Those Who Sail the Sea.
1998 – 2004
In 1998, Irena Jůzová travelled for a two month stay to family to San Antonio in Texas, where she drew and took photos. After her return, she created sketches for dimensional installations. She moved from Prague to Mladá Boleslav and in Prague in Smichov she rented a small studio. In this period she realised a multi-layered work called Dawn Zone, to which near except of photographic and drawing cycles, cycles of large-format video-projections, and later on also objects from a real sofa Dawn Zone II. with coated abrasive dust and objects with round chains.
Work from this period: Chosen works 98–05
In 2000, to Irena Jůzová, as a native of Hradec Králové, it was organised a small retrospective exhibition called the Emitter, according to her first object, by the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové. In the autumn 2001, thanks to the support of CzecSwiss artist Jan Jedlička, she received two month residency in the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and also a bigger studio in Benátky nad Jizerou, where she could have a depositary and better working condition. At the Academy of Fine Arts, she together with professor Aleš Veselý, they worked with students and travelled a lot around Europe (Berlin, London, Paris, Roma, Wijk aan See, Amsterdam). Under Socrates/Erasmus, she visited on her own academies in Milan and in Helsinki in 2002 and 2003. In this period, she reconstructed her studio and worked on digitally manipulated photos. She created also the work Find Your Style… This new cycle together with another works she presented at the exhibition called Metropolitan Mystify in the Gallery at the White Unicorn in Klatovy. A part of this cycle was bought by the National Gallery in Prague.
2004 – 2010
In 2005, Irena Jůzová requested habilitation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where she was working as an expert assistant at the School of Monumental Art of Professor Aleš Veselý. She prepared a thematic lecture and large documentation of her work. She was interested to look at her works, which she created from a certain insight and to find a line and some relation between individual topics. Opponents of her habilitation were Tomáš Poszpisyl, Vlastimil Tetiva and Miloš Vojtěchovský. In 2005, Irena Jůzová divorced and returned back to Prague.
Under Socrates Erasmus, she travelled to Stockholm and Antwerp in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, when prof. Aleš Veselý retired at the Academy of Fine Arts, she stopped here her pedagogue activity. The National Gallery in Prague received to its Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art her work Places I. (1992) supported by the Jana & Milan Jelinek Stiftung.
Irena Jůzová was in the beginning of her two long-term projects Collection Series and S.Y.T. – Spend Your Time…Firstly, she began to work on the Collection Series – cast skin of her own body and its adjustment to paper covers. She began to cooperate with the company Model Obaly a.s. in Nymburk, particularly with development constructor Tomáš Heřmánek.
From 2005 till September 2006, she created covers’cuts, drew showcases for skins, built a model for the House at the Golden Ring (Gallery of the Municipal City in Prague), where she together with curator Olga Mala planned the installation of Collection Series after the area would be reconstructed. In autumn 2006, the National Gallery in Prague together with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic announced a tender for representation of the Czech Republic at the prestigious 52. year biennial of contemporary art in Venice, Italy. Irena Jůzová offered her Collection Series and with all the votes she was chosen between twenty applicants. First time in its history, the Czechoslovakian Pavilion is dedicated to show just the work of one artist.
10. July 2007, the Venetian Biennial was opened and immediately after this, foreign media informed that this year women dominated here. French Sophie Calle, German Isa Genzken, Brit Tracey Emin, Czech Irena Jůzová and Polish Monika Sosnowska. The Collection Series was also reproduced and mentioned by many Czech media.
The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic praised the National Gallery for successful representation of the Czech Republic abroad. During 2007 – 2008, the National Gallery in Prague organized an exhibition to Irena Jůzová in the Veletržní palác of the National Gallery in Prague, the exhibition was called Echoes of Venation Biennial and it showed how the long-term project of the Collection Series was developed.
In 2008, Irena Jůzová is habilitated for her lecture „Small Reflection on Arts“ at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and she became to be a docent (associate professor).
In 2009, Irena Jůzová studied the technology of nanofibers creation in laboratories of theTechnical University in Liberec. She made here the remake of the object Around Us, in Us.
Under interdisciplinary project NanoSkop, the work Around Us in Us was exhibited in the exhibition DOXNANO in DOX, Centre of contemporary Art in Prague (2009) and it was exhibited/placed during authors' exhibition NanoObject in the architecture of the Chemistry-Technological Faculty of University in Pardubice in 2010 – 2011 (Kuba & Pilař Architects, awarded by Grand Prix of Architects 2009).
Irena Jůzová was also chosen to attend the 17th year of the international art symposium in Mikulov (Mikulov workplace), where she created a spatial installation You Are Worthier Us than Gems, We Like You More than Gold
Irena Jůzová began with her pedagogical activity – blocks about Light design in the Studio of Spatial Creation at the University of Tomáš Baťa in Zlín in 2009 and she became to be a head teacher of the Multimedia Design studio, specialisation Multimedia at the Faculty of Art and Design at the West Bohemian University in Pilsen in 2010.
2011 – now
In 2010 – 2011, she prepared the exhibition We Like Them More than Gems, They Are Dearer to Us than Gold to the main halls of the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové. In three separate installation " You Are Worthier Us than Gems, We Like You More than Gold":[item:2061] (2010), Limited Edition of Collection Series (2010) and 16599 (2010), she presented her works from period 2007 – 2010. The gallery published a catalogue with many coloured reproduction with expert texts of Milan Knížák, Tomáš Vlček, Lucie Šiklová, Jiří Machalický, Lucie Jandová and Martina Vítková.
In 2012, she presented her works from exquisite nanofibers at the solo exhibition called Benatske Canvas in the Interactive Gallery Becher's Villa in Karlovy Vary.
In 2013, she participated at the unique symposium Smalt Art Vítkovice in Ostrava, where she created large-format enamels 250×125 cm, which were exhibited in the enamelling factory Vítkovice Power Engineering and in the Multifunctional Hall Gong in Ostrava. A part of the created works neared to the Collection of the Machinery Fund.
In the cooperation with the town Benátky nad Jizerou, Irena Jůzová initiated the development and realisation of the permanent Jiří Kroha's Exposition in the former District House and Museum, which was built by him in 1927 and where the artist has her studio. Irena Jůzová became to be a curator and a supervisor of the realisation and in 2014, the Exposition of Jiří Kroha and the Exhibition Hall for year exhibitions of the contemporary art was opened at the presence of the Mayor and architect's family members. Irena Jůzová, thanks to this transformation, received a bigger space in the second stock of the house with the glass ceiling, where was the former seat of the Museum of Novobenátecka and a curatorial activity for thematic one year expositions, in which she presents her new works.
Irena Jůzová supports charity projects, such as beneficial auction Signed by Heart, auction Konto Bariéry, Foundation of Charter 77, Art for Amnesty, Child Sponsorship, Foundation of International Needs of Česká Třebová or SKP-CENTRUM o.p.s. in Pardubice.
She participates in the Interdisciplinary project ISWA connecting arts, science, technology. In her new work – the long term project All inclusive she realises new works while using nanofibers and prepares a realisation and exhibition for 2017.
Works from period Contemporary
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