July’s artist in residence: Václav Magid


Václav Magid, a Prague-based artist, curator and writer, is tranzit.org’s new artist in residence in July. Magid, who studied Liberal Arts and Humanities as well as Philosophy, works the Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague as research worker and editor-in-chief of the magazine Notebook of Art, Theory and Related Zones.

During his residency at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, he is planning to work on a paper, in which he plans to examine possibilities to maintain Adorno’s conception of art’s criticality in contemporary conditions. “While Adorno sees formalist autonomous art as a “promise of reconciliation”, the origin of what we call “contemporary art” is marked by strong criticisms of formalism and aesthetic autonomy”, Magid says. “Nevertheless, I will argue that Adorno’s modernist conception of the social function of art could be – at least in some respects –  still valid today.”

For more information on his work, click here.

The artist-in-residence programme of the quartier21/MuseumsQuartier provides young artists from the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Slovak Republic with a guest studio at MuseumsQuartier. Every year, five artists are given the opportunity to spend two months in Vienna and live and work in one of the artist-in-residence studios.