Jiří Skála is known for his playful and witty conceptualist approach to various social contexts and situations. He often employs participants in gamelike interactions in his work, or institutes subtle interventions creating objects that have only been minimally altered but which are no less effective in altering our own perspectives of the given situation. His recent work has focussed on the written word and inter-personal communication, for example, in his project Handwriting Exchange, an ongoing project, where Skala, and someone chosen from a completely different social and cultural background, become acquainted through a daily process of learning how to copy each other’s handwriting.

Jiří Skála
Jiri Skala
Sušice, 1976
Czech Rep.

Solo Shows


Manifesta 11, Zurich


Jirko, pracuj! | Get to work Jirka!, Galerie Mesic ve dne, České Budějovice


Jabberwocky, curated by Michal Jachula, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, PL,


Jiří Skála and Aleš Čermak, Center for Contemporary Arts – galerie Jeleni, Prague


Third Family of Objects and Confrontational Readings, h u n t k a s t n e r, Prague


Messages in an Emergency, Czech Center New York, N.Y., USA
You are the Object, I am the Pronoun, Václav Spála Gallery, Prague


Two Families of Objects, hunt kastner, Prague


Výměna rukopisu / Exchange of Handwriting, Moravian Gallery, Pražákův palác Atrium, Brno Exchange of Handwriting, Art in General, New York, N.Y., USA

The Pacific Has no Memory, Galerie Eskort, Brno

Group Shows


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

Unblinking, curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen, FUTURA, Prague


Kdo na moje misto | Who in my place, curated by Zbyněk Baladrán and Marek Pokorný, galerie Gong, Ostrava

The Sky is Blue in Some Other Way… curated by Adam Budak, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, SP

About the Chair, curated by Aleksandra Vajd, Karina Kottova and Hynek Alt, 9th International Biennial of Photography and Visaul Arts, Liege, BE

Goodbye Sadness, Desire, Lassitude, Appetite, Pleasure, curated by Emilie Renard, La Galerie Contemporary Art


Zacatek Stoleti | Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlina Morganova, Ostrava Regional Gallery, Ostrava

Things and People, with Dineo Seshee Bopape, Tymek Borowski, Rafal Bujnowski, Marta Marianska, Pawel Matyszewski, Shana Moulton, Pavla Scerankova, Jiri Skala, Pavel Sterec, curated by Michal Jachula, Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok, PL

The Earth Turns and All Things Slip Away, curated by Edith Jeřabková and Jiří Kovanda, hunt kastner, Prague


Ça & là (This & There), curated by Claude Closky, Fondation d ́entreprise Ricard, Paris

Family Talk, curated by Marco Antonini, Futura, Prague

Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlina Morganová, Pilsen Regional Gallery, Pilsen

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

A Plea for Tenderness, curated by David Raymond Conroy, Seventeen Gallery, London, UK

The Eleventh Hour, curated by Michal Novotny, FUTURA, Prague

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Sušice Country of birth: Czech Rep. Date of birth: 1976 Lives in: Prague