Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
April 25 – July 29, 2012
The modern-day artist Kara Kristalova (born in 1967, Prague) is internationally known as a sculptor of miniature, life-like figurines. In this case, the descriptor "life-like" doesn't mean a true-to-life natural copy, but rather describes the artist's talent of making her sculptural objects so narrative and expressive, through the use of color and various symbols, that they seem to come alive in front of our eyes. In describing the works of Kristalova, the art critic Anders Olofson has said that she is a "storyteller who uses the plasticity of sculpture to build small micro worlds, where something peculiar has just happened or is about to happen."
Form April 25 through July 29, the Bonniers Art Space in Stockholm is exhibiting a solo show by Klara Kristalova – for the first time on such a large scale. Alongside the sculptures, her installations, drawings, textile works, paintings, sketches, and her first animated clip, have also been put on view. The artist uses several recognizable symbolic features in her work, such as the figure of a young, pre-pubescent girl, often seen in her ceramic and bronze works. Myths and fairy tales; childishness and deep, black humor; Nordic clichés on the flora and fauna of the deep woods – these kaleidoscopic themes all come together to form Klara Kristalova's stories, in which the viewer finds a perilous balance between the naïve and the grotesque.
Klara Kristalova was born in Prague, but leads her life in Sweden. Her experience in international exhibitions encompasses such places as the USA (Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, 2009), Germany, Denmark (Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense 2010), the Netherlands (Diepenheim, 2010) and Belgium. The artist's works can be found in the collections of Sweden's Moderna Museet, Nationalmuseum, and Konstmuseum, as well as in many private collections.