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A typographer by training, Košek first became a fairly conventional artist. When he fell into psychosis, he began to produce works as radical as poetic. Convinced that he plays a decisive role in the sequencing of the world, he spends his time at his window, recording his observations - meteorology, bird flights, insignificant facts - and aggregating them into diagrams supposed to ward off chaos. For fifteen years and across the world, from the Palais de Tokyo to the maison rouge, from the MONA (Australia) to the DOX in Prague and the Rencontres d’Arles, his Sibylline maps have been constantly interrogating.

portrait - © © Mario del Curto, christian berst — art brut
Date 1949 — 2015
Country Czech Republic

Zdeněk Košek worked as a typographer and drew caricatures and satirical cartoons for regional magazines and newspapers. A self-taught artist, he has also produced a number of more or less conventional paintings. In the 1980s a deep psychological trauma gradually changed his perception of the world; he was diagnosed as psychotic and had to retire in 1989. From then on he would produce a work radically different from his previous paintings.

Meteorology and weather are the main themes of his works on paper. Košek was convinced that he played a determining role at heart of the great ruling of the world. He saw himself as a kind of power station, continuously receiving and emitting multitudes of information. He thought that his duty was to master the meteorological phenomena.

“I mastered not only the time but also politics, I named Vaclav Havel president. […] I thought I was immortal”.
He spent his days in front of the window, convinced that he could provoke or control the weather, writing down everything that was happening around him : the direction of the wind, the flight of the birds, sounds, the changes on temperature, different combinations of numbers, letters and chemical elements, etc. He would draw on notebooks,  maps, atlas or old magazines. His diagrams served him as a direct means to influence weather - an indispensable ritual dictated to him, to which he abandoned himself in order to avoid his biggest fear, the irreversible chaos. By sticking his schemes onto the window of his apartment, he communicated with birds, which he believed to be superior to man.

For its reopening in 2012, the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) has devoted an exhibition to him. Zdeněk Košek has also recently been exhibited twice at the Maison rouge: Le Mur, works from the Antoine de Galbert collection and art brut, abcd/Bruno Decharme collection, then in Le bord des Mondes at the Palais de Tokyo in 2015.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1985
3.15 x 3.94 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1991
5.51 x 7.48 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1985
5.51 x 7.48 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1985
3.15 x 3.94 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1985
5.91 x 8.27 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2000
5.51 x 8.27 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1985
7.48 x 5.51 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1985
7.48 x 5.51 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1991
7.48 x 5.51 in
Catalog
Zdeněk Košek dominus mundi
Zdeněk Košek : dominus mundi - © christian berst — art brut

Prefaces : Barbara Safarova, Jaromir Typlt, Manuel Anceau
Forewords : Christian Berst.
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Zdenek Košek : dominus mundi, from september 5th to october 10th, 2020.

Exhibitions
Zdenek Kosek
dominus mundi. From September 3 to October 10, 2020.
Photo Brut
coll. Bruno Decharme & cie, Rencontre d'Arles. From July 1 to September 22, 2019.
beyond
on the edge of the visible and the invisible, at the gallery. From March 7 to April 13, 2019.
L’envol
Maison Rouge, Paris. From June 16 to October 28, 2018.
do the write thing 2
read between the lines, at the gallery. From April 26 to June 2, 2018.
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The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
in abstracto
at the gallery. From June 8 to July 15, 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal . From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
Brut Now
art brut in the technological era, Belfort Museums . From October 29, 2016 to January 16, 2017.
Biennale de l’Image Possible
Liège, Belgique. From August 20 to October 16, 2016.
Drawing Now Art Fair
2016, Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 30 to April 3, 2016.
Drawing Now 2016
Carreau du temple, Paris. From March 30 to April 3, 2016.
Du nombril au cosmos
autour de la collection abcd/ Bruno Decharme, Art et Marges museum, Bruxelles. From September 25, 2015 to January 24, 2016.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Galerists at Work
got together by Eva Hober, galerie Eva Hober. From April 23 to July 11, 2015.
Galeristes à l’oeuvre
by Eva Hober, Eva Hober Gallery. From April 23 to June 6, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
Drawing Now 2015
Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 25 to 29, 2015.
Le Bord des Mondes
Palais de Tokyo, Paris. From February 18 to May 17, 2015.
do the write thing
read between the lines, new york gallery. From October 30 to December 21, 2014.
art brut masterpieces and discoveries
carte blanche à bruno decharme, at the gallery. From October 21 to November 29, 2014.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
beyond the boundaries season 2012
discoveries and recent acquisitions. From September 8 to October 13, 2012.
Module
Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent Fondation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. From April 20 to June 4, 2012.
Janko Domsic and Zdenek Košek
creators of the sky and earth, Institut français de Prague. From June 15 to September 9, 2006.
exhibition view of *the beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: elena groud, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *do the write thing 2: read between the lines*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2018. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
is there such a thing as outsider photography?
Claire Margat, Artpress. May 22, 2020.
que reste-t-il de la vogue de l’art brut
Roxana Azimi, Quotidien De L’art. September 12, 2019.
in abstracto
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. July 9, 2017.
de l’art brut art high-tech
Stéphanie Lemoine, L’oeil. January 10, 2017.
art brut la fête des fous
Isabelle Martin-Anderson, Silver Age. July 1, 2016.
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L’art brut à contre courant
Aurelie Romanacce, Pascaline Vallee Et Patrick Le Fur, Arts Magazine. August 29, 2014.
Collections
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Antoine Frérot collection
France
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
Video
Zdeněk Košek : dominus mundi
From the Palais de Tokyo to La Maison Rouge in Paris, via the DOX in Prague and the Rencontres […]
Language French
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