PERUVIAN JUNGLE FERRY, TO THE EGON SCHIELE ART GALLERY

In 1993, Czech painter Otto Placht, moved to Peru, built a jungle house, had a children and became a member of the local Native American community. We are currently moving his artwork and everday Peruvian tribal items to Europe for a large exhibition.

  • you need a lot of crates for moving house

  • ritually painted vases will surely arrive intact

  • the usual form of transport

  • usual form of transport made from 1 piece of wood

  • very realistic masks

  • masks depicting specific individuals

  • we need to move dishes as well

  • a favourite if somewhat dilapidated stool

  • Otto Placht wraps and labels a list of his items

  • Peruvians

  • South American bar

  • Dark is the night

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Art, Photography

Český Krumlov, South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic

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How did it begin?

We constantly seek talented artists throughout Europe, and while doing so, we suddenly encountered a man, whom we had heard so much about, but had never met in person – Otto Placht. We were captivated by his stories from South America, tales of his Peruvian family and children, as well as his paintings which were full of southern energy. All that was in sharp contrast to his helplessness when dealing with hard European reality, where money and business call the shots.

What is our goal?

Our goal is to make a great summer exhibition full of jungle colours,  sounds, and smells, so that our visitors become engulfed in the energy of South American people, nature, streets and bars, as they spring out of Otto Placht's large scale paintings. The exhibition should be a great experience, especially if we decorate it with everyday items from Otto's Peruvian jungle home – items we are currently trying to bring over to Europe.

Details

The Czech artist Otto Placht moved to the South American jungle in 1993, and is now slowly coming back out of it. At the beginning of his jungle odyssey Otto built a house in the jungle, and became a father and a member of a tribe. There he experienced a fight for survival, in the midst of the jungle, as well as close encounters with death and eternity, and the world of magic. Otto kept on painting, as he witnessed the disappearance of local customs, tongues, and traditions of the Native Americans. This disappearance of South American cultures is closely tied to the widespread destruction of the South American Rainforest and with it the extinction of plants and animals, which leads to the disappearance of part of the “knowledge of the jungle“.

All this led Otto Placht to decide to leave his Peruvian home, and to became a modern European artist again. The sole reason being to bear witness to the destruction that has taken place in the South American Rainforest.

The Egon Schiele Art Centrum is commited to supporting Otto Placht in his quest through a large scale exhibition of his paintings, made from forest pigments, together with objects from his jungle home, and other uniquely South American artefacts, that Otto has used for inspiration.

... and in addition

Otto Placht's exhibition will be supplemented by art created by Dimas Paredes Armas, the son of a shaman, who is inspired by visions and dreams, in which he communicates with his father - a great jungle shaman and healer. Dimas Paredes Armas‘s art is based on knowledge of the jungle, familiarity with local myths and legends, as well as patience and his desire to record the knowledge of his ancestors.

Who are we?

The Egon Schiele Art Centrum is a child of the Velvet Revolution. It is the fruit of the great efforts of its founders: Serge Sabarsky (USA), Gerwald Sonnberger (AT), and Hana Jirmusova (CZ). This effort has resulted in great success, but it has experienced its fair share of pain as well.

The Egon Schiele Art Centrum is located in the Renaissance building of the old town brewery of Český Krumlov. It has thousands of square meters of exhibition space, ten fully equipped studios for contemporary artists, a café and a shop. Over the years, our Art Centrum has been visited by more than a million visitors, including important politicians, presidents and royals from all over the world.

On the other hand, two of our founders are no longer alive, and we had to go through difficult  times after an original painting by Egon Schiele was stolen, or after our buildings were flooded... Thankfully, the stolen painting was found, and our buildings have been renovated, and now we are an even stronger and more experienced team, ready to take on new challenges, challenges that even other, richer institutions, decline to accept.

Why do we do this?

We want to support good artists and their message – in this case observations from the Peruvian world, which has not been fully understood by Europeans  to this day. It is in any case a stunning and inspirational world, as we can see from any art created by known and unknown artists, including the expressive art of Otto Placht. This art which has been inspired by South America bears witness to the incredible natural beauty, which we adore. But at the same time, we can only watch as the South American Rainforest rapidly disapears. The exhibition can show us a way of perceiving art and protecting nature, as well as the courage of a single Czech artist.

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  • 12 sponsored ticket

    discounted single-entrance ticket to all Egon Schiele Art Centrum  exhibitions anytime between 22.4.2016 and 30.10.2016 (from 10:00 to 18:00 daily)
     

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 3.92
    (CZK 100)
  • 1 original magnet

    we will mail you an original not-for-sale fridge magnet with the “Jungle“ picture by Otto Placht;

    (if you cannot pick it up in person, we can send it to you by post for the extra charge of 2 Euro in the EU)

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 7.84
    (CZK 200)
  • 2 coffee and cake in the café included as a bonus with the ticket

    really good coffee and something sweet in the the Museum Café included as a bonus with a single-entrance ticket to all the Egon Schiele Art Centrum exhibitions during the main 2016 season
     

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 7.84
    (CZK 200)
  • 7 guided tour

    a ticket for the exhibition and an invitation to a guided tour with the curators of the exhibition in a group of up to ten people
     

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 7.84
    (CZK 200)
  • 4 sponsored poster

    an exhibition poster with thanks for helping with the transportation of the artworks, listing the name of the contributor and signed by the artist  Otto Placht

    (if you cannot pick it up in person, we can send it to you by post for the extra charge of 5 Euro in the EU and 10 Euro outwith the EU.)

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 11.76
    (CZK 300)
  • 3 Schiele and Krumlov

    the publication describes in detail the life and work of Egon Schiele particularly regarding his relationship with Český Krumlov: 290 pages, 190 illustrations, texts in Czech, German and English

    (if you cannot pick it up in person, we can send it to you by post for the extra charge of 8 Euro in the EU and 20 Euro outwith the EU)
     

    Reward delivery: In a week

    EUR 11.76
    (CZK 300)
  • 7 family ticket with a cognitive game and gifts

    family ticket to all exhibitions, which feature a children’s play area with hammocks, mosquito nets, a map of South America, wooden toys, colouring books, stamps, etc; chidrens‘ worksheets with questions – with a reward for correct answers; each member of the family receives a badge with an Indian mask motif (choice of several types)

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 19.60
    (CZK 500)
  • 92 from 100 invitation to the exhibition opening

    invitation to the opening ceremony, in the presence of the participating artists and other distinguished persons, refreshments in buffet form, a drink with the artists and production team and a group photo
     

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 39.20
    (CZK 1,000)
  • 49 from 50 two days and two nights in Český Krumlov with a program

    two days and two nights for two people in a studio apartment  (kitchenette, bathroom) of the Egon Schiele Art Centrum in the romantic surroundings of the Egon Schiele Art Centrum by the Vltava River plus two free tickets to all the Egon Schiele Art Centrum exhibitions, to the Seidel Photographic Studio, to the Castle and Regional Museum; the date of residence can be arranged throughout 2016

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 156.80
    (CZK 4,000)
  • Sold out!! original drawing 30 x 21 cm

    original drawing/sketch by the painter Otto Placht with jungle motifs and Shipibo village, where he became a member of a Native American tribe

    (if you cannot pick it up in person, we can send it to you by post for the extra charge of 5 Euro in the EU and 10 Euro outwith the EU)
     

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 196.00
    (CZK 5,000)
  • Sold out!! original drawing 30 x 42 cm

    original drawing/sketch by the painter Otto Placht with jungle motifs and Shipibo village, where he became a member of a Native American tribe

    (if you cannot pick it up in person, we can send it to you by post for the extra charge of 8 Euro in the EU and 20 Euro outwith the EU)

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 392.00
    (CZK 10,000)
  • 1 from 2 monthly residence in Český Krumlov

    the supporter will have a studio and small apartment with a kitchenette and bathroom at his/her disposal for a month and in addition will receive a golden card with which he or she can visit all of the following exhibitions in addition to the Egon Schiele Art Centrum ones – the Castle Museum, Regional Museum and Seidel Photographic Studio

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 980.01
    (CZK 25,000)