Postbellum

Memory of Nation

 

Ivan Novotný (1958)

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 Ivan  Novotný (1958)
The worst of socialism are its consequences

Enemy of the socialist system

“I went to talent exams to Prague for the fifth or I don´t even know which time.” “Did you know back then they didn´t want to accept you because of your father?” “I didn´t realize it back then. Many things happening in life we comprehend much later. If I had seen my personal evaluation, I would have known. I was aware of the fact that my father was an enemy of the socialism, since once he called them “dirty bastards”. I had an experience of being at the talent exams and when handing in my work, other guys told me: ‘Ivan, your work is perfect, you are for sure accepted right away, but what about us?’ Of course I wasn´t accepted, because my personal (political) evaluation went first. It was a secondary thing to see the quality of my work left behind. Even the last time I tried to pass the talent exams, I received an answer of not being accepted. Yet only according to my written appeal they finally took me. So in 1986 I began studying at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.”

  • born on January 12, 1958 in Hořice v Podkrkonoší Bohemia
  • 1986 – 1992 studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (VŠUP) at the atelier of applied sculpture
  • actively participated in Velvet Revolution
  • 1992 – 1999 worked as an external lecturer at the Technical University of Košice
  • until today he teaches art materials and technologies in atelier of the free creativity at the Technical University of Košice and at the Faculty of Arts
  • in the present he lives in Nižný Klátov near Košice
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