Federico Díaz

Federico Diaz

* 1971, Prague

Recently Diaz’ work has shown interest in the so-called ‘mass ornament’, a concept introduced for the first time by German philosopher, member of the Frankfurt School, Siegfried Kracauer. From that perspective, distinctive socio-cultural features of a certain location are materialized in people’s movements, in thus manifested minute nuances of everyday routine acts. Díaz tries to approach these primarily intellectually conceivable marginalia by means of a visual language of his own. This incline of his can be followed since his work Outside Itself made for the Venice Biennial, currently gaining momentum and becoming the decisive binding element of Díaz’ oeuvre, as we can best see in the project You Welded the Ornament of The Times, made for the Cafa Museum in Beijing. Thus a change occurs also in Díaz’ formerly rather techno-optimistic approach. He realizes that parameters of the contemporary technology society require a reflection with a broader spectrum of means. Science and technology alone can no longer give enough of answers one needs. That is why Díaz chooses the path of a much deeper analysis of what is real, based upon his study of materials as building blocks of existence, that connect, along seemingly indirect lines, man with his both natural and artificially formed environment. These tendencies can best be seen in Díaz’ projects Etalon for the Sao Paulo Biennial or his study for the Consistency project for Faena, Buenos Aires.

 

Visual activism

2017-2018 Subtile, Sacramento

2017 Big Light Space of Augmented Suggestion

2016 Big Light

2015 Eccentric Gravity

2014 You Welded the Ornament of the Times

2011 Outside Itself

2010
Geometric Death Frequency-141
Pulsar

2009 Adhesion

2008 Ultra

2007 Resonance

2004-2005 Sakura Tree

2003-2004 Sembion

2003 Muscoxen (unrealized project)

1994-1995 UP

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Frederico Díaz, The Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

2017 Line / Linie (with Stanislav Kolibal and Magdalena Jetelova), Cermak Eisenkraft Pop Up gallery, SmetanaQ, Prague, Czech Republic

2016 Big Light, The Brno House of Arts / Dům umění města Brna, Brno, Czech Republic

2015
Eccentric Gravity, Prague Castle’s Belvedere Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
Karel Malich & Frederico Díaz, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

2014 You Welded the Ornament of the Times, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China

2013 Tušové malby….Kvety oplodneni, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2011 Outside Itself, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Outside Itself, 54th Venice Biennale, Venezia

2010 Geometric Death Frequency 141, MASS MoCA/ Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA (cat. ISBN 978-88-8158-793-3)

2009
Adhesion - Manual for Survival, Chapter 1.1, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York City, USA
Adhesion - Manual for Survival, Chapter 1.1 / Adhese - manual pro přežití, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 Ultra (futuristic structure), Art Basel Miami Beach: Art Positions (in collaboration with MoMA PS1 and Art Radio WPS1.org), Miami, USA (cat. ISBN 978-88-8158-721-6)

2007
Resonance, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Introsphere E AREA, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, United Kingdom
Bolbm, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2006 Fluid F1, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2005 Sembion, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London, United Kingdom

2002 Mnemeg, Moravian Gallery in Brno / Moravská galerie v Brně, Uměleckoprůmyslové muzeum, Brno, Czech Republic

2000 Federico Díaz: E-mpact, National Gallery, Trade Fair Palace / Národní galerie, Veletržní palác, Prague, Czech Republic

1997 Tacuzcanzcan, GHMP-Prague City Gallery, Old Town Hall / GHMP-Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Staroměstská radnice, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Big Light Space of Augmented Suggestion, Cambridge University (in collaboration with Westminster University, Ambika P3), Cambridge, United Kingdom

2013 ArchiLab 2013, Naturalizing Architecture, Frac Centre, Orléans, France

2012 Emoção Art.ficial, Biennial of Art and Technology 06, Itau Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil

2011 Countryside 3 / Krajina 3, Karel Malich, Federico Díaz, Evžen Šimera, Jan Martinec, Jonáš Strouhal, Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2010 Expo 2010, Shanghai, China

2009
Ropongi Art Night, Mori Art museum,Tokyo, Japan
My Europe, DOX - Centre for contemporary art, Prague, Czech Republic
14 S - Fourteen artists, fourteen themes, DOX - Centre for contemporary art, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 Intro 518 Now 69 Now Now 180 Bonus Q, Futura, Karlin Studios, Prague, Czech Republic

2007
Space for intuition / Prostor pro intuici, GHMP-Prague City Gallery / GHMP-Galerie Hlavního Města Prahy, Prague, Czech Republic

2005
EXPO 2005, Sumida River Hall, Tokyo and Aichi, Japan
Com.bi.nacion: Science meets Art, Museum Kampa, Prague, Czech Republic
Hybrid – Living in paradox, Ars Electronica 2005, Linz, Austria
Turbulence, Museum Kampa, Prague, Czech Republic
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany

2004
Behold the Light / Ejhle světlo, Prague Castle Riding School / Jízdárna Pražského hradu, Prague, Czech Republic
In time between / V mezičase, Galerie kritiků, Prague, Czech Republic
Vision, Prague/Tokyo, Galerie kritiků, Prague, Czech Republic
Vision, Prague/Tokyo, Gallery Vision, Gallery Toki, Tokyo, Japan
Die Algorithmische Revolution, ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany
Objectually Speaking, Galerie Futura, Prague, Czech Republic

2003
…about technology…/...o technice..., České muzeum výtvarných umění, Prague, Czech Republic
Germany: Aus Liebe. Die Generation der 90er Jahre in Prag, Landesmuseum Bonn, Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Bonn, Germany
Behold the Light / Ejhle světlo, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Governor’s Palace / Moravská galerie v Brně, Uměleckoprůmyslové muzeum, Místodržitelský palác, Brno, Czech Republic
Arte i Cybernetica, Museo de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2002
Body and traces in the Czech creation 1962-2002 / Corps et traces dans la création tchèque 1962–2002, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, Nancy, France
Jindřich Chalupecký Award, finals: / Cena Jindřicha Chalupeckého, finále: Markéta Baňková, Federico Díaz, Lenka Klodová, Markéta Othová, The Brno House of Arts / Dům umění města Brna, Brno, Czech Republic
Lanterna Magika: new technologies in 20th century Czech art / Lanterna Magika: nouvelles technologies dans l’art tchèque du XXe siècle, Espace EDF Electra, Paris, France

2001
Milano Europa 2000, PAC a Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Možná sdělení, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Pražák Palace / Moravská galerie v Brně, Pražákův palác, Brno, Czech Republic
Datatransfer, cyberculture festival / Datatransfer, festival kyberkultury, Divadlo Archa (et al.), Prague, Czech Republic

2000
End of the world? / Konec světa?, The National Gallery in Prague, Kinský Palace / Národní galerie v Praze, Palác Kinských, Prague, Czech Republic
ENTERmultimediale, Prague Castle / Pražský hrad, Prague, Czech Republic
Transformations of Order: Chaos and Order / Proměny řádu: chaos a řád, The National Gallery in Prague, Modern and Contemporary Art Collection, Trade Fair Palace / Národní galerie, Sbírka moderního a současného umění, Veletržní palác, Prague, Czech Republic

1998
Současné umění: Contemporary Collection – Czech Art in the ’90s (1998–2000), GHMP-Prague City Gallery, Golden Ring House / GHMP-Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Dům U Zlatého prstenu, Prague, Czech Republic

1997
Jindřich Chalupecký Award 1997 / Cena Jindřicha Chalupeckého 1997 – Veronika Bromová, Jiří Černický, Federico Díaz, Roman Franta, Jiří Příhoda, Prague Castle, Old Royal Palace, gotic floor / Pražský hrad, Starý královský palác, gotické podlaží, Prague, Czech Republic

1996
Hi-tech / Umění, Dům umění města Brna, Brno, Czech Republic

1995
Test Run. Does art have young ones? / Zkušební provoz Má umění mladé? / Výstavní síň Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
Orbis Fictus. New Media in Contemporary Art, Nation Gallery in Prague, Waldstein Riding School / Orbis Fictus. Nová média v současném umění, Národní galerie v Praze, Valdštejnská jízdárna, Prague, Czech Republic

1994
Netz Europa, Landesgalerie im O.Ö. Landesmuseum Francisco Carolinum, Austria Tabakwerke, Linz, Austria
Europa 94, Young European Art in Munich / Junge Europäische Kunst in München, Munich, Germany
Zvon ’94. Young Art Biennale, GHMP-Prague City Gallery, Stone Bell House / Bienále mladého umění, GHMP-Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Dům U Kamenného zvonu, Prague, Czech Republic

1993
International Contemporary Art Forum, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

Awards

2007 Premio Internazionale “Lorenzo il Magnifico” award at the Florence Bienalle for the project Sakura
2001 special award from the Nicola Trussardi Foundation for the work Generatrix at Milano Europe Futuro Presente
From 1996 till 2002 a finalist for the Jindrich Chalupecky Award

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