Mia Camera

Ivana Lomová's exhibition at the Špála Gallery consists of three parts and presents her latest series of paintings.
In the basement, paintings inspired by scenes from films emerge from the darkness. These are the interiors of rooms in which there are no open doors to the outside world anywhere, the windows are also closed. Ivana Lomová paints a locked, inward-looking space, interiors in which time seems to have stopped, a strange calm and silence permeates everything. But it is only an apparent calm. The films she has chosen for her paintings, perhaps unconsciously, are united by the theme of very strong female heroines. Often abandoned, desperate and lonely, often committing suicide in order to escape a life in which they feel like a prison cell.

Some paintings have captions that bring a voice to the silent images, creating an interesting contrast. Subtitles written in different languages suggest that human emotions, sorrows and joys, despair and hope are something that unites us wherever we live and whatever language we speak.

On the ground floor of the gallery we can enter the artist's childhood room. Ivana Lomová does not return to childhood through toys like Petr Nikl, nor does she process anxious states like Josef Bolf, but enters childhood through the most ordinary objects. Through a poor faded flower, a window, a lamp, curtains or a tablecloth. And he paints these objects as closely, carefully and intently as if a small child who finds himself alone in a room were looking at them intently and curiously.

The paintings on the first floor could be included in a long series of the artist's works depicting Prague. During the pandemic of the epidemic, Ivana Lomová photographed and subsequently painted her hometown, but in a completely different way than before. She focused on the scratched walls and plaster of the houses, whose surface, masterfully rendered, looks like a visual delicacy that could satisfy the viewer on its own. But there is a more serious message in them.

Ivana Lomová's camera has captured walls and walls through which we cannot see the sky, they become a kind of barrier behind which we are trapped. In some of the paintings we suspect that behind the wall there is a beautiful garden or park, but there is no open door (just like in film interiors) through which we can pass. Thus, the paintings may reflect feelings associated with isolation and loneliness during a pandemic situation, but also a sense of confinement that refers to the existential fate of man. This is what connects the paintings on the gallery floor with those on the ground floor and in the basement.

In her latest paintings, Ivana Lomová talks about sadness, nostalgia, feelings of being trapped and lonely, feelings that people share across the world. Perhaps that is why the paintings in Mia Camera speak to us in such an intimate tone.
Máša Pivovarová

Exhibition plan

Ivana Lomová

22. 11. 1959

​She was born on November 22, 1959 in Prague. She graduated from the Technical University of Prague at the Faculty of Architecture (1978–1983), but did not pursue a professional career in architecture. For years she worked as a draftswoman and illustrator and illustrated over 25 books, primarily for children (she collaborated with the Albatros publishing house). She and her sister drew the comics Anča and Pepík on the trail and then herself illustrated Biblical Stories for the journal Mateřídouška for more than 4 years. She also devoted herself to cartoons and lithography. In the early 1990s, she left the illustrations and began to freely create and paint with oil. She lives and works in Prague.

Solo exhibitions – selection
2020            In The City, DOX - Center of Contemporary Art, Praha (cur. Milena Slavická)

2019            Arte HD,  8gallery, Praha

2018            Walls, 8gallery, Praha

                    Waiting Room, Gallery Dolmen, Prague

2017            Ivana Lomová-paintings, Lucie Lomová-comics, Gallery of František Drtikol, Příbram         

2016            All The Passengers, G4 Art Centre Gallery 4, Cheb

                    New Paintings, 8gallery, Prague

2015            Emptiness, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague, (cur. Ladislav Kesner)

                    Gallery of the Museum of National History in Česká Lípa (cur. Ladislav Kesner)

                    Pictures from my Bedroom, Gallery Villa Pellé, Prague (cur. Marek Pokorný)

2013            The Voters, Gallery Vltavín, Praha

2012            Gallery At the White Unicorn, Klatovy                                 

                    Passengers, Gallery Beseda, Ostrava

2011            Gallery of South Bohemia, Wortner House, České Budějovice

                    Cafés, Gallery of the Czech Insurance Company, Prague

2010            Slávia, Gallery Via Art, Prague

                    Sisterhood, Gallery  Fotografic, Prague

                    My Cat and Me, Gallery 5th. Floor, Prague

2008            The Firebird, Gallery of the Czech Insurance Company, Prague

2007            Gallery of Eastern Bohemia , Pardubice

                    Gallery of Contemporary Art, Karlovy Vary, Ostrov,

                    Night, Gallery Vltavín, Prague

                    Paradise, Gallery Via Art, Prague

2005            Till the Death Do Us Part, Gallery of  the Czech Insurance Company

2004            Happiness, Gallery Via Art, Prague

2003            The Baby Inside, Moravian Gallery, Brno (cur. Milena Slavická)     

                    Under the Cover, Czech Center, Berlin, Germany (cur. Martina Pachmanová)

                    Faraway, Gallery Via Art, Prague

2002            Pintner Gallery, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

2001            Dancing In The Hallway, The Chapel Gallery, Bruntál

                    Kampf Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2001            Under the Cover (with Erika Bornová), Gallery at the White Unicorn, Klatovy

2000            Under the Cover (with Erika Bornová), MXM Gallery, Prague (cur. Martina Pachmanová)

1999            Men and Women, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague (cur. Milena Slavická)

1998            Trip to the Woods, Litera Gallery, Prague

1997            Life Is Good, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague (cur. Milena Slavická)


Group exhibitions – selection

2018           Trauma, Distress, Extazy, Emptiness. Formulas of Pathos 1900-2018, West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen, cur.Ladislav Kesner

2017           Knap, Lomová, Puchová, New Gallery, Prague

2016           This is not a Poetry! (Collapse of Emotions), Castle of Litomyšl, cur. Martin Gerboc

2014           Reconstruction, Gallery of Emil Filla, Ústí n. Labem

                    Intimate Interaction, PLATO, Platform for Contemporary Art, Ostrava Vítkovice, cur. Ladislav Kesner

2011           Images of the Mind, Moravian Gallery, Brno and Deutches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, cur. Ladislav Kesner and Colleen M. Schmitz

2010           Dark Night, Bright Night - the moon and night in Czech art in 19th and 20th century, Wortnerś House, České Budějovice

2009           Fourteen S, DOX -Center of Contemporary Art, Prague (cur. Milena Slavická)

2008           Self-portrait in Czech Art of 20th and 21st. Century,

2006           Next Station Arcadia, Gallery of Modern Art, Roudnice n. Labem,

                   Landschloss Pirna-Zuchendorf, Germany

2005           The Impression, Gallery Rudolfinum, Prague

2003           Contemporary Czech Art, Prague-Riga art dialogue, Riga, Latvia

                   Symposium of Vizual Art Mikulov “Workshop” – selection ‘94-02’. Czech Center, Wienna, Austria

                   Aqua Art, The Gallery of Critics, Adria Palace, Prague

2002           Czech Graphic Art –fifty years of changes in modern printmaking, Mánes Gallery, Prague

                   Visionaries and Story Tellers, Junge Tschechische Kunst: Malerei (1st. part). Kulturabteilung Bayer, Leverkusen, Dortmagen, Germany (cur.Tomáš Pospiszyl)

2001           Memory, Comenius Museum, Naarden, Netherlands (cur. Radek Váńa)              

2000           Melancholy, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CR

                   Probable Painting, Mánes Gallery, Prague

                   Two Ends of the Century, Czech Museum of Fine Arts, House at the Black Madonna, Prague

                   The portrait of the year 2000. Gallery Klatovy/Klenová CR

                   Girls Show 2000, Artexpo, Bucarest, Romania (cur. Radek Váńa)

1997           Prague Castle for children, the children‘s book illustrations by contemporary czech artists, Imperial stable, Prague Castle, Prague

1996          Czech Litography of the 90ties, Museum of the city of Prague, Prague



Illustrations - selection
1994 – 1998    Enid Blyton: Mystery of…- 6 books of crime stories for children, publisher Albatros
1992 – 1995    Jan Černý: Stories from the Bible, comic series for children magazine Mateřídouška - 56 episodes
1992                Miep Diekmann: Annejet has Troubles - 3 books, publisher Ivo Železný,

1989                Capitols of Europe, publisher Albatros,

                        Dina Rubin: The House behind the Green Gate, publisher Albatros

                        Anča and Pepík on the Trail, (with Lucie Lomová), comics strips, illustrated books no.133, publisher Panorama, Prague



2005                Eternal Nemesis, Ladislav Klíma, publishing house Aulos


Cartoon  Film
1990                A Party (10 min.), theme, script, design: Ivana Lomová, directed by Boris Baromykin, Short film, Prague



2016                Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

2014                Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

2011                Borgo Finocchietto, Toskánsko, Italy

2009                Cill Riallaig, Kerry, Ireland

2008                International workshop Slovenia open to Art, Sinji Vrh, Slovenia

2007                Vermont studio center, Vermont, USA

2006                International Visual Art Colony, Avsenik, Slovenia

2005                Casa Zina Lia, Elba, Italy


Prizes, Grants, Awards
2010                Celeste Prize - finalist, International contemporary art prize
2006                The Most Beautiful Czech Book of the Year 2005, Ladislav Klíma,
                        Eternal Nemesis, publishing house Aulos Prize of Art Colony, Avsenik, Slovinsko

1995                The Graphic art of the year 1994, Prize of Central European Gallery and Publishing House



Participation in collections

              Gallery of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

Gallery Klatovy, Klenová

Collection of the art of the city of Benešov

The Collection of contemporary art of the city of Mikulov

Soros center of contemporary art, Prague

The collection of Mr. Robert Runták, Olomouc

Private collections in Czech republic and abroad



Selected artworks


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