Eva Kotatkova’s large-scale installations explore how social structures such as community, family, and institutions relate to individual experiences and the creative process. Her immersive environments, built from diverse imagery drawn from historical and contemporary culture, resemble magnified cabinets of curiosity or tangible dreamscapes. For her celebrated installation Asylum (2013), presented at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Kotatkova explored how institutions organize and archive their activities, and how these systems affect the individuals involved. She layered images and objects, which were suggestive of cages, walls, blindness, and secrecy, to create a dense psychological topography related to confinement. Kotatkova’s small-scale collages and sculptures fuse portraits of unidentified people and images of the human body with everyday objects, creating surreal hybrids.

Eva Koťátková
Prague, 1982
Czech Rep.

Past Exhibitions

The World on Paper

27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Eva Kot’átková: The Dream Machine is Asleep

Pirelli HangarBicocca
15/02/2017 — 22/07/2017

Paratoxic Paradoxes

The Benaki Museum
23/03/2017 — 21/05/2017

20 – An Exhibition in Three Acts

15/10/2016 — 05/02/2017

Solo Shows

Convent art space, Ghent, BE
The Dream Machine is Asleep, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, IT

Stomach of the World, 21er Haus – Museum for contemporary Art, Wien, AT Diary of a stomach, Meyer Riegger, Berlin, DE
Room for anxious objects, Artist room, K21, Düsseldorf, DE

Museum Haus Esters, with Ketty La Rocca, Krefeld, DE
CUTING THE PUPPETEER`S STRINGS WITH PAPER TEETH (brief history of daydreaming and string control), Art Parcours, Art Basel, Basel, CH
a mouse’s home is the snake’s body, Maccarone, New York, US
Mute Bodies (Becoming Object, Again), Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues-lesEaux, FR
Error, ISCP, New York, US


Out of Sight, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Hayden Gallery, Cambridge, Mass, USA

Training in Ambexderity, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, SP
Dvouhlavý životopisec a muzeum představ | Two-headed Biographer and the Museum of Notions, Prádelna Bohnice, Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, Prague


Experiment for 7 Body Parts, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE
Eva Koťátková CZ, Josef Hofer AT, Rahmen und Rahmenbeschränkungen, curated by Tereza Zemanková, Kabinet Zlín, CZ
Eva Koťátková: Anatomical Orchestra, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin
Eva Koťátková and Denisa Lehocká, hunt kastner, Prague
Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Report on the Reconstruction of the Past (with Barbora Klímová), Czech Center, New York, USA


A Story Teller ́s Inadequacy, MAO Modern Art Oxford, curated by David Thorp, Oxford, UK Stages of Sleep, Wroclow Museum of Contemporary Art, Wroclow, PL
Hanging Sleeves, Hiding Hands (with Jiří Kovanda), Krobath Gallery, Vienna, AU
They Are Coming, Meyer-Riegger, Berlin, DE

Theatre of Speaking Objects, Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE Unlearning Instinct, RURART centre d’art contemporain, Rouilles, FR


Speech, Blansko City Gallery, Blansko, CZ
Internal Machine, Tongewolbe T25, Sammlung Wittman, Inglostadt, DE


Two Cases, Brno Gallery of Young Artists, Brno
Unsigned: Eva Koťátková and Gugging, Austrian Cultural Center, Prague
Parallel Biography, Dům umění / House of Art, České Budějovice, CZ & Frieze – Frame with h u n t k a s t n e r , London, UK
Work of Nature, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, PL
Educational Model, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NL


City of Old, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, DE
Reading Room, Space for One Work, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ
Controlled Memory Loss, h u n t k a s t n e r , Prague, CZ & Art Statements – Art 41 Basel, CH
A House is Not A Home: an installation for viewing, reading, writing, drawing and sitting, Czech Center in New York, NYC, USA
Rozhovor přes stěnu / A Conversation Through the Wall, Galerie

Group Shows


The Silver Lining: 25 Years of the Jinřich Chalupecky Award, curated by Adam Budak, Prague National

Gallery at the Veletžní Palace, Prague
Avatar und Atavism. Outside the Avant-garde, curated by Veit Loers, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, DE 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, N.Y., New York, USA
All Back in the Skull Together, Maccarone, N.Y., New York, USA
Horizontal Standing, curated by Kati Simon, Off Biennale Budapest


Fragile Sense of Hope, Telekom Art Collection, Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin, DE
Simples Gestes, Musee du Cristal Saint Louis, Saint-Louis-les-Bitche, FR
Punctum, Bemerkungen zur Photographie, curated by Seamus Kealy, Salzburger Kunstverein, AU The Sky is Blue in Some Other Way: A Diagram of a Possible Misreading, curated by Adam Budak, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, ES
Silence, A Holocaust Exhibition, curated Katalin Tomar, Ludwig Museum Budapest, HU
Coming to Reality, curated by Fionne Meade, Futura, Prague, CZ
Beyond the Process – Werke aus der Sammlung Lenikus, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AU Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, curated by Tranzit-CZ, New Museum, New York, USA
Dorothea von Stetten Kunstpreis 2014
Czech Republic, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE
The Dignity of Man, MUSA, Vienna, the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo and Dům Umění Města Brna, Brno, CZ
Anxiety Festival, London, UK
Frieze Projects, New York, N.Y., USA


5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Catherine de Zegher, Manege exhibition hall, Moscow

7 Ways to Overcome the Closed Circuit, curated by Stefanie Bottcher and Una Popovic, Kunstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, DE & the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, RS
School Notes, curated by Vendula Fremlová, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
Salon der Angst, curated by Catherine Hug and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier and Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Vienna, AU

Of Natural Materials | z nietrwałych materiałów, curated by Patrycja Ryłko, Gdansk City Gallery, Gdansk, PL
The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT


Future Generation Art Prize, curated by Bjorn Geldhof, Venice, IT

Lapidarium, Bethlehem Chapel, Prague, CZ
Antibody, Lise Cooley Gallery, NY, New York, USA
From Now On All Things Will be Beautiful, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest, HU
Structures for Reading, curated by Jessica Cochran, Columbia Collage, Chicago, IL, USA
Systems and Accidents, curated by Lýdia Pribišová, bAd contemporary space, Pietrasanta, IT
The Earth Turns and All Things Slip Away, curated by Edith Jeřabková & Jiří Kovanda, h u n t k a s t n e r , Prague, CZ


Eva Koťátková, Ozlem Altin, Esther Klaes, SVIT, Prague, CZ
Diagrammatic Representations, Bielefelder Kunstverein, DE
Systems and Accidents, curated by Lýdia Pribišová, Exelettrofonica, Rome, IT
Open: Work from the Marek Contemporary Art Collection, curated by Marika Kupková and Ondřej Chrobák, Moravská Krumlov Chateau, Moravská Krumlov, CZ
QUI VIVE?, III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, curated by Katrin Becker, Moscow, RU
th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations, curated by Catherine de Zegher & Gerald McMaster, Sydney, Australia
The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlína Morganová, Pilsen Regional Museum, Pilsen Quarantania, curated by David Thorp, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985
2012, curated by Jiří Ševčík, Edith Jeřábková and Jana Ševčíková, National Gallery in Prague at the Veletřžní Palace, Prague
Schloss Dyck 2012, Sammlung Rheingold, curated by Gregor Jansen, Dusseldorf, DE
Air de Lyon, curated by Victoria Noorthoorn, Fundacion PROA, Buenos Aires, AR
There Is Nothing There, curated by Niels Van Tomme, Czech Center, NYC, NY, USA


Uchronie, curated by Le Bureau (FR), FRAC Franche-Comte, Besancon, Galerie Klatovy / Klenova, Klatovy, Galerie 35 – Institute France, Prague
Prison: A Place for Art, curated by Ondřej Chrobák and Ondřej Horák, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague

Zeichnung?, Kunstverein Nuernberg, DE
Young Visual Artist Awards Exhibition, curated by Rita Kalman, Tijana Stepanovic and Lucia Gavulová, Slovak National Galerie, Bratislava, SK
Expanded Territory, curated by Zdeněk Felix, KAI10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, DE
A Terrible Beauty is Born, curated by Victoria Noorthoorn, 11
th Biennale de Lyon, FR
Lost Stories, curated by Barnabas Benscik, Sokol Gallery for Contemporary Art, Nowy Sacz, PL
10X10: Koťátková, Mančuška, Prinz Gholam, curated by Karel Císař, European Cultural Congress, Wroclaw, PL
Lost Stories, curated by Barnabas Benscik, Sokol Gallery for Contemporary Art, Nowy Sacz, PL
Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis, Hommage a Ján Mančuška, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, FR Sense and Sensibility, curated by Hemma Schmutz, Salzburger Kunsterverein, Salzburg, AU
Sculpture in the Street II, curated by Karel Císař, DUMB: Brno House of Arts, public spaces in Brno CZ

Art in General: To Perceive in the Darkness of the Present, curated by Viera Borožon and Mariana Serranová, PRAGUEBIENNALE 5, Prague, CZ
Farewell to Longing, curated by Claudia Marion Stemberger, Kunstraum Niederosterreich, Vienna, AU Instituceum, Modern Institutions and Contemporary Art, Bohunice Psychiatric Hospital, Bohunice- Prague, CZ

SKUTR III, Biennale of Young Artists, curated by Vladimír Beskid, Kopplova Vila GJK, Trnava, SK & Eastern Slovak Regional Gallery, Košice, SK
Home Edition, curated by Gabriela Kišová and Ivana Komanická, Eastern Slovak Regional Gallery, Košice, SK & Central Slovak Regional Gallery, Banska Bystricka, SK

Casual – Formal – Playful / Tomáš Vaněk Jan Šerých – Eva Koťátková, curated by h u n t Czech Center New York, N.Y.C., USA
NY/Prague 6, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Czech Center New York, N.Y.C., USA Starke Emergenz, curated by Veit Loers, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AU

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Prague Country of birth: Czech Rep. Date of birth: 1982 Lives in: Prague, Czech Republic