“The school is a secular space.” Myslbek’s Jesus was supposed to go away, but in the end he will stay, announced the rector of AVU

“The school is a secular space.” Myslbek’s Jesus was supposed to go away, but in the end he will stay, announced the rector of AVU
“The school is a secular space.” Myslbek’s Jesus was supposed to go away, but in the end he will stay, announced the rector of AVU
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Over the weekend, the idea of ​​removing the statue of Christ on the cross from the main building of the AVU in Prague sparked a stormy discussion and almost two thousand protest signatures. The intention was confirmed by the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts, Maria Topolčanská, but she announced that the transfer of Josef Václav Myslbek’s work will not happen in the end. The school originally justified the move by saying that the statue had been vandalized several times in its current location. The rector does not explicitly mention this anymore, according to her, the first reason for moving the statue was the fact that the school is a secular space. In the second place, she mentioned that there are better conditions for the sculpture in the gallery.

“I thought that, like any university, we can manage our endowment as we need. The statue of Christ on the cross by Josef Václav Myslbek was supposed to be moved to the AVU Modern Gallery in about a month. For two reasons: 1. the school is a secular space and 2. better physical conditions for the sculptures. It won’t be. Does not matter. The statue will remain hanging in its place, for a year, for five years, until we/you want, forever. Let’s discuss,” Rector Topolčanská said in a statement posted on the AVU website.

According to her, there is no organized resistance of students or employees to the statue. “Also, there is no organized group of students/staff who love the statue. Both are individuals. The discussion has already started. Keep going and don’t forget to come to the closings. The statue hangs on the ground floor, to the right of the entrance,” added Rector Topolčanská.

Regarding the removal of the work of the founder of modern Czech sculpture, JV Myslbek, from the main building of the academy, a discussion of the professional public on social networks was sparked, and a petition was created in support of the work remaining in place, which by Monday noon had already been signed by over 1,800 people.

“Not all students agree with the removal of the Crucifix by JV Myslbek from the main building of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. We want to preserve this unique work that has been inspiring for so long and is inextricably linked to the AVU main building. The statue survived even the unfavorable conditions of the communist regime, but at the present time, without a wider debate, it was to be permanently relocated to the cramped space of the AVU Modern Gallery on the Exhibition Grounds. The work is not and has not been controversial, offensive or morbid – it is a masterpiece that refers to the famous roots of this art school,” the petition reads.

The intention to move the statue was initially confirmed by the AVU itself in a Facebook discussion under the post of the school’s pedagogue Vojtěch Míča, stating that the cross should have been vandalized several times in its current location. Several debaters have focused on the reason why the sculpture should be moved and when, how and by whom it was damaged in the past.

The head of the AVU Digital Laboratory, Jana Doležalová, claimed in the discussion, for example, that Myslbek’s cross is morbid and scares her. “It scares me too when I go to the gatehouse,” he replies. “Man’s suffering? It’s morbid. I don’t know why it’s still there, I understand the author’s history, but not why it’s still untouchable. Another place would suit him, I don’t know where.” “Christ suffering on the cross is beyond the zenith,” he writes further.

Many people objected to her posts. “It’s a masterpiece, you can learn from it, you can be inspired. That’s why it’s there and it’s good that AVU has spaces where such a thing can be exhibited. For some, the skeleton of a mouse whale can be much more morbid, the hall in the National Museum was not designed for it either, and yet most people are happy that it is there,” says one of the former students of the school.

The article is in Czech

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