Kristof Kintera

Kristof Kintera

Born in 1973 in Prague, Czech Republic. Lives and works in Prague.

Representing the younger generation of contemporary Czech artists, Kristof Kintera has led a remarkable international career, exhibiting at Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Mikkeli Museum of Art in Finland, Moderna Museet in Sweden, and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. In France, he took part in the Cinq milliards d’années (Five Billion Years) exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo and in FIAC 2006, with Homegrown n° 2, an eight metre tall empty Fanta can palm tree installed in the Tuileries Garden. By reinventing unrealistic uses for everyday objects, he instils a new surrealist and humorous life in them. Engineer and mad scientist, he designs and produces new and sophisticated robotics which combine unlikely animated behaviour with harsh criticism for our consumer society: an articulated cucumber or leek emerging from a shopping bag, a noisy raven disguised as a rocker, an electric knife having continual intercourse with a passive water melon, a pushchair disguised as a camouflage green tank, streetlamps, security barriers, and bikes with misappropriate shapes. Beyond the intrinsic humour of these sculptures, which are reminiscent of works by Erwin Wurm or Maurizio Cattelan, Kristof Kindera invites polysemous interpretations and an awareness of the surrounding world. Small eulogies of the absurd invite profound political questioning about our societal, urban, and consumer ways of functioning.