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Through his characteristic interventions and stagings, Dominik Lang questions the multi-layered relations between the viewer and the object, object and space, subjective perception and musealisation.

Major projects by Dominik Lang include Sleeping City in the Czech Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale where he exhibited figurative sculptures by his father Jiri Lang (1927-1996) in new configurations and installations; East-West at the Prague National Gallery when he was awarded the 2013 Jindrich Chalupecky Award for Young Artists in the Czech Republic. Using the orientation of the building, Lang created an environment within the central hall that tracked the path of the sun from sunrise until sunset. East-West reflected the audience position in relation to architecture, the everyday rhythm and function of the hall itself, as well as objective and subjective perceptions of time; Expanded Anxiety, Secession, Vienna, 2013, which focused on the work of the Czech Cubist sculptor Otto Gutfreund (1889-1927), a cubist-expressionist artist who attempted to mirror the surrounding of his sculptures, within the sculptures themselves. Lang re-imagined the gallery itself as the interior space, a cave-like void, of Gutfreund’s figure Anxiety. On March 1st of this year, Lang unveiled a public memorial in Prague, commissioned by the Dutch Embassy, to commemorate the landmark meeting of Dutch Foreign Minister Max van der Stoel and philospher and dissident Jan Patočka in 1977.  The memorial is in the form of a tree's shadow on the ground in the Max van der Stoel park, cast in concrete. 

Born 1980 in Prague, Lang graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague in 2008. During this time he also studied at Coopers Union, New York and the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague. Lang was curator of the Jeleni Gallery, Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague from 2007 until 2011. Currently he heads the sculpture studio at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, with the curator Edith Jerabkova.

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Dominik Lang, 1980, CZ