Memory of Nation


Ivan Novotný (1958)

 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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