Cadré et Recadré
by Terezie Zemankova
Terezie Zemánková, curator of the exhibition Rámy a rámce, has chosen to bring face to face the Austrian Josef Hofer’s drawings, shown at the Christian Berst Art Brut gallery in 2008 and 2013, and the contemporary Czech artist Eva Kotátková’s works, selected by Massimiliano Gioni at the Venice biennale.
Josef Hofer, who has been a resident of an Austrian institution for more than 30 years, does not speak, he draws instead. Tirelessly. In the mirror that he uses and hands us, individuals try to take their rise in the straitjacket of the frame with an eroticized grace, untamed. His productions - to which Michel Thévoz has devoted several essays - depict a founding duality between the body and the psyche. Present in many museum collections, he is also part of great private collections: Antoine de Galbert (France), Amr Shaker (Switzerland) or even of the collection of Arnulf Rainer (Austria), who considers him “the greatest of the brut artists.”