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There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states: “There is paradise in the sky and Hangzhou (Hangzhou) and (Suzhou) on earth.” The massive cliffs emerge from the fog and are covered with twisted pines that are up to 1,500 years old. I've never seen these places, I just dreamed of them. Later I was confronted with a similar type of landscape. PH

The exhibition is created in parallel with the Tokyo exhibition, which also focuses on Kakejik, which were created during the author's stay in Japan. The exhibition is an installation of large-format scrolls of Asian landscapes, which form a kind of spatial labyrinth, whether natural or urban. An interspace in which the viewer can find himself, walk through or even get lost. The space that will be thickened by the image. The viewer can read the image vertically and record the order of the vertical readings in the vistas, as if walking through a forest and seeing another landscape through the trees.


Patrik Hábl, painter and graphic artist, born 1975 in Zlín. In the years 1994–2000 he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Prof. P. Nešleha). In 1996 he completed a one-year training in the graphic studio of M. Axmann and a year later a study stay at the Muchin Academy in St. Petersburg. In 1998 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (V. Kokolia). He currently works at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Patrik Hábl belongs to the generation entering the art scene at the turn of the millennium and is one of the most prominent representatives of the young generation. Patrik Hábel's main theme is landscape, but a dreamy, imaginary, abstract landscape, a landscape of one's own mind. The author expresses his experiences, seeks connections between the inner world of man and the environment. Patrik Hábl does not react to the news of everyday life, but he focuses his attention on the essence of life, the essence of being. The painting technique itself co-creates the image also thanks to experiments where the author becomes a kind of mediator. He often applies lines and shapes without the use of a brush, sprays, pours or drains paint on canvases. It washes the applied paint, lets it freeze or, on the contrary, dries it out in the sun. He also works with prints and sometimes layers of painting. Very often it leaves the structure of the canvas, it uses not only traditional materials but also flax, jute and velvet. At the same time, it works with the color of these backgrounds. The paintings thus look very poetic, sensitive and even meditative. In the work of Patrik Hábel, we can follow the path of transforming natural scenery into a highly expressive abstract plane. In "color maps" that can resemble a landscape, we have the opportunity to look for ourselves and let it be hidden hidden in us. Patrik Hábel's work is represented both in state galleries and in private collections in the Czech Republic and abroad. He has participated in solo exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions in Milan, Munich, Istanbul, New York and Lyon. His work has been awarded the Waldes Prize, the Europol Art Award and the Graphics Prize of 2020. Patrik Hábel's paintings have been successfully auctioned in recent years in the renowned Sotheby's and Christie's auction halls. The painter lives and works in Prague.

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