Josef Bolf - Bio / Biblio

JOSEF BOLF
Born 1971, Prague, Czech Republic
Lives and works in Prague

EDUCATION & STIPENDS
2007
ISCP – International Studio and Curatorial Program, stipend, NYC, USA
Member of the group BJ (Bezhlavý Jezdec / Headless Rider, active 1998-2002) together with Ján Mancuska, Jan Šerých and Tomáš Vaněk

2006
Europäische Künstlerhaus Oberbayern residency program, Freising, Germany

1996
Akademie der Bildende Künst Stuttgart,  Germany

1995
Kongsthögskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

1990 – 1998
Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, studios of Jiri Naceradský, Vladimír Kokolia and Vladimír Skrepl

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016

Reality / Elsewhere, Galerie Dukan, St Ouen, France
Centre tchèque, Paris, France


2015
Puha és nehézTrafo House of Contemporary Art, Budapest , Hungary

2014
Heavy Planet, 
Hunt Kastner Artworks, Prague, Czech Republic
Oslovení ze tmy, Municipal Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria
Forlorn Martyrs Pull A Mirror From The Abyss, Galerie Dukan, Leipzig, Germany
Odložené případy, Galerie Uffo, Trutnov, Czech Republic 

2013
Unconsciousness, arcaute arte contemporaneo, Beijing, China
Places to Forget, Arthobler Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
Inventory before disappearance, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic 

2012
Forlorn Martys Pull A Mirror From The Abyss, galerie dukan hourdequin, Paris, France

2011
Josef Bolf, Galerie Kaple, Czech Republic 
Josef Bolf, arthobler gallery, Porto, Portugal
Don’t Look Now
, Jiří Švestka Gallery, Berlin,  Germany


2010
Personal Disposition, h u n t k a s t n e r , Prague, Czech Republic  
The Wolf, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York, N.Y., USA

2009
You Are Not You, You Are Me, curated by Edita Jeřabková, Prague City Gallery, Old Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
Golden Days, Arcute Arte Contemporaneo, Bejing, China

2008
Just Give Me a Little More Time, curated by Lenka Vítková, Pavilion E, Olomouc, Czech Republic 
You Look Like Me, Blansko City Gallery, Blansko, Czech Republic 
We all give in …, House of the Lords of Kunštát, Brno House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic 
Great Expectations, ZAK Gallery, Berlin,  Germany
Suspirium, Sokolská Exhibition Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic 

2007
What if you could go back in time and change all those hours of pain and darkness into something better?, Ad Astra Gallery, Kurím, Czech Republic 
Pink Eyes, Na bidýlku Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic 

2006
My Empire of Dirt, Slavie Gallery, Nachod, Czech Republic 
Soft and Pink, h u n t k a s t n e r , Prague, Czech Republic 
Death Is Not The End?, For Everyone, curated by Yvona Feranciová, Atrium, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic 
Josef Bolf: Czech Comics, Antikvariát Fiducia, Ostrav, Czech Republic 

2005
Double Feature Picture Show, (with Jan Šerých), České pojištovny Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 

2004
Dogs, Faces, Manatee, Hranice na Moravě City Gallery, Czech Republic 
Josef Bolf, AM180 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic  

2003
Narapoia, Ouky Douky Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 

2002
Un Gatto nel Cervello, Na bidýlku Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic 

1999
Delusa and Bingara, Die Aktualität des Schönen Gallery, Liberec; Titanic Gallery, Museum of Music, Olomouc, Czech Republic 
I Would Like to Collect the Pieces of Your Heart After It Has Been Broken By Someone, Černý Pavouk Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic 

1998
Umelý chlapec (Plastic Boy), Starter & Sorter Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Novos Bichos, České Budějovice City Gallery, České Budějovice, Czech Republic 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Apocalypse Me, Emil Filla Gallery, curated by Jan Zálešák, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Reason and Resistance, Contemporary slovak and czech art from the collection of Doňák, curated by Gabriela Kisová, Košice, Slovakia

2015
?eský sen, Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center New York, New York City, NY, USA
Overture 2Hauch Gallery, PragueCzech Republic
Autoportrét Karteziánske MeditácieBratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
The Mass Ornament (Glimpses from the Bible of Visuality) #1Nitra Gallery / Nitrianska Galeria, Nitra,  Slovakia
Modern and post-war art / Contemporary art / Photography, galerie 5. patro, PragueCzech Republic
Modern and post-war art / Contemporary art / PhotographyGalerie Pecka, PragueCzech Republic
Česká malba generace 90. let dvacátého století, Richard Adam Gallery, BrnoCzech Republic

2014
Banzai, Mistre !  An hommage to Jiri Naceradsky , Galerie Města Blansko, Blansko, Czech Republic
Paper Obsessed 2Dvorak Sec Contemporary, Prague, Czech Republic
Duo project: Josef Bolf & Klara Kristalovahunt kastner artworks, Prague, Czech Republic

2013
Partie 2 : Le corps, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France

2012
Open: Work from the Marek Contemporary Art Collection, Moravska Krumlov Castle, Czech Republic
Switch, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp, Belgium
The beginning of the century, Curated by Pavlina Morganova, Pilsen Regional Museum, Pilsen, Czech Republic 
Between the first and second modernity, Curated by Jiri Sevcik, Edith Jerabkova and Jana Sevcikova, National Gallery in Prague at the Veletrzni, Prague, Czech Republic 

2011
Exhibition with Boris Sirka, Nàrodné osvetové centrum (National Culture Center), Bratislava, Slovakia
INTER-VIEW 2, Nitrianska Galeria, Nitra, Slovakia
Paralelni linie, Prinz Prager Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously, galerie dukan hourdequin, Paris, France
Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis, hommage à Jan Mancuska, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, France
Ein Tanz, Curated by Lioba Reddeker and Daniel Pitin, HangART-7, Salzburg, Austria
VI New Zlin Salon, Zlin Regional Art Gallery, Czech Republic 

2010
Josef Bolf and Ivan Pinkava, curated by Petr Vanouš, Regional Gallery of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic 
And Don’t Forget the Flowers, curated by Yvona Ferencová, Moravian Galerie, Brno, Czech Republic 
Decadence Now! Visions of Excess, curated by Otto Urban, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic 
After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA
Josef Bolf, Marcel Hueppauff, Jiří Petrbok, Vladimír Skrepl, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic 
Absurdita? Groteska? Ironie?, curated by Jiří Machalicky, Galerie NOD, Prague, Czech Republic 
Planet of Eden, The World of Tomorrow in Czechoslovakia Socialism, curated by Tomáš Pospišzyl, DUMB” Brno, Czech Republic 
House of Arts & Dox, Prague, Czech Republic 
After Velvet, curated by Sandra Baborovská, Prague City Gallery, House of the Golden Ring, Prague, Czech Republic 
Umheimlich, curated by Zuzana Štefková, Galerie Cypriana Majernika, Zichy Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia 
Tales of the Unexpected, curated by Radek Vana & Marie Rus Bojan, Project Foundation, Dek22, Rotterdam, Czech Republic 

2009
A Good Eye and a Good Heart: Work from the Jiri Staha Collection, Galerie Sternberk, Sternberk, Czech Republic 
Fourteen S, curated by Milena Slavicková, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic 
Share Your Dreams, Young Art from the EU, Galerie Suppan Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
White Paper, Black Bride, curated by Jirí Kovanda and Edit Jerabková, & SHORTLIST: 12 Painters from the CzechRepublic, curated by Daniel Pitín, Prague Biennale 4, Karlin Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
Undercurrents, curated by Petr Nedoma, Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Transfer, House of the Lords of Kunštát, Brno House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic 

2008
It Hasn't Hurt For Hundreds of Years, Blansko City Gallery, Blansko, Czech Republic 
New Acquisitions, Prague City Gallery, Old Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
Transfer, whiteBOX Gallery, Munich,  Germany 
Inverzní romantika (Inverted Romantic), Bast'art Contemporary, Bratislava, Slovakia
Evokation vs. Fetisch, Galerie der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig,  Germany 
6th Biennale of Young Artists, curated by Karel Císar, Prague City Gallery, House of the Stone Bell, Prague, Czech Republic 
Resetting / New Ways to Reality, curated by Petr Vanouš, Prague City Gallery, Municipal Library, Prague, Czech Republic 

2007
Fragments.cz, curated by Viktor Cech, Castello di Rivara, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Turino, Italy
STILL: Another Exhibition of Painting, FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic 
The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, APEXART, New York, USA
NeuEuropa, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Gross Domestic Product, curated by Kryštof Kintera, Prague City Gallery, Municipal Library, Prague; curated by William Hollister at Mars Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Skull Hunters, curated by Edit Jerabková and Lenka Vítková, Klatovy/Klenová Gallery -U Bílého jednorotce, Klatovy; Galerie Šternberk, Šternberk; Gallery of Eastern Bohemia, Pardubice; Künst-und Gewerbeverein, Regensburg,  Germany
Vitamin Painting, Bast'art Contemporary, Bratislava, Slovakia
Spleen and Ideal / Categorization of Ecstasy, Gallery Brno, Brno, Czech Republic 
Sovereign Art Foundation Award, Club Row at the Rochelle School, A Foundation, London, UK
Economy of Purpose, curated by Display Gallery, Eskort Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic 

2006
Acne, Contemporary Czech Painting from the Collection of Richard Adam, Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Czech Painting 1985-2005: The Richard Adam Collection, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic 
Hot Stuff, (A.M.180+ Full Screen), Stanica Tilina, Slovakia
Fear in the City, or, The Prague Underground, Adria Palace, Prague, Czech Republic 
Blind Men Measuring an Elephant, curated by Rafani, Gallery C2C, Prague, Czech Republic 

2005
1811197604122005, curated by Galerie Display, Plan B, Cluj, Romania
Jindřich Chalupecký Award Finalists, Municipal Library, Prague City Gallery, Czech Republic 
The 5th Biennial of Young Artists, curated by Karel Cisár, House of the Stone Bell, Prague City Gallery, CZThe 4th Zlín Salon of Young Artists, Zlín City Gallery, Czech Republic 

2004
Private Mania: The Richard Adam Art Collection, House of the Lords of Kumštát, House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic 
Eastern Lights, Neutral, (curated by Display Gallery), Motorenhalle Dresden,  Germany
Contemporary Painting from the Collection of Richard Adam, Jihlava City Gallery, Jihlava, Czech Republic 
Nebe je kino, kámo (Heaven is a Movie, My Friend), Art Factory, Prague, Czech Republic 

2003
Ceskoslovensko, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Kompression, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin,  Germany

2002
Encuentros intimos de la tercera specie, (with David Adamec and Ivan Vosecký), NoD Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Blažo -Bolf -Jablonska -Pavlán, Display Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Künstverein Stuttgart, with Ján Mancuška, a part of the Wechselstube project, Stuttgart,  Germany
The Glory of Astronauts Goes Down in Flames, BJ artist group, Šternberk City Gallery, Šternberk , Czech Republic 
Hedonistic Abstraction, Pratákuv Palace, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic 

2001
Story, NoD Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Glued Intimacy, (curated by Vit Havránek), Jelení Gallery, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts-Prague, Czech Republic 
Art Moskva, (with artist group BJ), organized by Umelec, Dom Chudotnikov, Moscow, Russia
Le Jeu de Francofonie, National Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Magnetic Fields, Jelení Gallery, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts-Prague, Czech Republic 
Grrr! Žbuch! -1st Festival of Comics, Jelení Gallery, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts-Prague, Czech Republic 
Criss/Cross: Praha -Stuttgart-Wroclaw, curated by David Kulhanek and Gabriela Bukovinska, organized by the Foundation and Center of Contemporary Arts-Prague, Broumov Brewery, Broumov, Czech Republic 
Exhibition of Comics, Burizone Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2000
Nest of Games, (with Tomáš Vanek), an exhibition project by Petr Nikl, Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
BJ, curated by Vít Havranek, Jelení Gallery, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts-Prague & Školská 28 – Communication Space, Prague, Czech Republic 
End of the World, curated by Milan Knížak, National Gallery, Kinský Palace, Prague, Czech Republic 
Classic 2000, City Gallery of Olomouc, Czech Republic 
Past Present, Present Past, AJG-Gallery of Southern Bohemia, Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czech Republic 
2nd Zlín Salon of Young Artists, Zlín City Gallery, Czech Republic 
Women Come and Go, Only We, Writers of Sci-Fi, Remain, artist group BJ, 761 Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic 

1999
Metro, Cerný pavouk Gallery, Ostrava, CZ Art for a Hospital: The Collection of the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts-Prague, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Unplanned Connections, Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
Perplex, curated by Jirí and Jana Ševcík, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Maxisklad, Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague, Czech Republic 
About Love, Richter Villa, Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic 
Visions, NoD Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 

1998
Down in the Bunker, Klub Bunkr, Prague, Czech Republic 
New Acquisitions, National Gallery, Collection of Contemporary Art, Veletrtní Palace, Prague, Czech Republic 
Graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts, Veletržní Palace, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 

1997
DUM, Bořivojova 26, Prague, Czech Republic 
Artwork in Public Space, (with the artist group BJ), organized by the Foundation and Center of Contemporary Arts, Veletržní Palace, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
S…S…, Bunkr, Prague, Czech Republic 
Post-Romanticism, Nora Gallery, Pardubice, Czech Republic 
Fruits from Prague, Czech Center, Berlin,  Germany

1996
BJ, (BJ artist group), Gallery at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic 

1995
Linocut, Jaroslav Frágner Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Recommended Paintings, Béhemót Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 

COLLECTIONS
Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, New York, USA
Wannieck Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peeksill, USA
National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
Klenova Gallery, Klatovy, Czech Republic
Museum of Fine Arts, Olomouc, Czech Republic

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Otto Urban, Josef Bolf: Forlorn Martyrs Pull A Mirror From The Abyss, galerie Dukan Hourdequin, Paris, 2013
Otto Urban, Decadence Now! Visions Of Excess, Artefakt/Arbor Vitae, Praha, Czech Republic, 2010
After the fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskilln, New York City, USA, 2010
Petr Vaňous, Ještě místo – pustá zem, Josef Bolf, Ivan Pinkava, Západočeská galerie v Plzni, Praha, Czech Republic, 2010
Peter Nedoma, Undercurrent, Galerie Rudolfinum, Praha, Czech Republic, 2009
Tomáš Pospiszyl, Josef Bolf: big black book, Divus, Praha, Czech Republic, 2009