The time has come to finally get serious about this art movement! ;-)
For the first time, the exhibition at the Čin Čin Gallery presents the Slovak audience with a cecilistic part of the independent and joint work of members of the Miroir Noir group in the form of a selection of smaller works on paper and larger paintings on canvas.
Miroir Noir is an authorial couple founded in 2007 by Slovak artist, illustrator and gallery owner Miloš Kopták and Catalan visual artist Rai Escale.
The true meaning of naming the group is shrouded in mystery, but one of the possible interpretations refers to the so-called Claude’s glass (also known as the black mirror) – an optical aid, popular among tourists in the past to highlight the pithy nature of the landscape, which made it easier for artists to paint thanks to its ability to mark and beautify the depiction.
Cecilism is an art movement named after Spanish pensioner Cecilia Giménez. It became world famous in 2012 after a peculiar restoration of the fresco of Jesus Christ in the church of the sleepy Aragon town of Borja, which has been a popular tourist destination since then.
After the dark period of the end of art history and the end of art in general, after the deaths of a painting, an author or a spectator, after the traumatic rejection of any collective artistic styles, directions and schools, there is a long-awaited ismus that brings a fresh new wind to the musty posters of art – cecilism.
The cecilistic style of working with works by other authors can be found in many artists around the world. However, this direction should not be confused with the strategies of citation or appropriation, widely used in postmodern art. The main idea of cecilism is to modify, improve or sincerely try to restore the works of old masters without the intention of damaging or degrading these artifacts. Links to it can be found even in popular culture. Perhaps the most famous is a 1997 film in which Mr. Bean “fixed” Whistler’s mother’s painting.