Pavla Malinová & Josef Bolf

26 February – 13 March 2022

curated by Nicola E. Petek

Köthener Straße 28

With the two Prague artists, Pavla Malinová and Josef Bolf, DSC Gallery for the first time bring major players from the Czech art scene to Berlin.

Although the two artists clearly differ in their artistic approach, sources of inspiration, and realities of life, their positions express less the contradictory than the complementary. In the intimate proximity of the gallery setting, their works enter a dialogue, posing questions and simultaneously offering answers.

Pavla Malinová (* 1985) draws inspiration from esoteric art, Central European folk art, pop culture and various expressions of painting history. Her works evoke emotive narratives, implicating the viewers conscious experience with the unseen world of emotion. In this way, Malinová’s work succeeds in a synthesis of figurative and abstract structures and ornaments. In the symbolically rich images, we find traces of personal and collective experiences, the influences of which can conjure up individual memories and emotions.

Malinová graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Ostrava. Her work can be found in numerous institutions across the Czech Republic as well as in Berlin, Brussels, and Kraków.

Josef Bolf’s (* 1971) paintings are populated by protagonists who radiate a deep sadness and vulnerability. His heroes have a childlike appearance, infused with nostalgia and an inexplicable urge to self-destruct. The artist closely observes the details of the world around him and transforms them into post-apocalyptic urban landscapes, evoking a sense of uncertainty, alienation, and ambivalence, an emotionally tense vertigo when faced with the timeless silence after the catastrophe, the consequences of which cannot yet be foreseen.

From 1995 Bolf studied at Kongsthögskolan in Stockholm and in 1996 at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. From 1996 to 2002 he was a member of the art group Bezhlavý jezdec. His work is represented in public and international collections and institutions all around the world, for example the National Gallery in Prague, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in New York, as well as the AMC Collezione Coppola in Italy.

Both Bolf and Malinová, despite their differences, use a similar set of universal symbols. By interpreting, reinterpreting, reflecting, and rethinking them, they create in their own way an analogous documentation of contemporary life in all its melancholy.

Christopher Colm Morrin

6–22 February 2022

curated by Nicola E. Petek

Köthener Straße 28

With Unknown Landscapes, Berlin-based Irish artist Christopher Colm Morrin has been invited by curator Nicola E. Petek to exhibit his latest series of works.

The exhibition, consisting of small-scale canvases, is an exploration of courage, and how the unknown within ourselves can bring deep understanding to the darkest places.

Christopher Colm Morrin’s landscapes do not strive to reflect the appearances of reality but rather to be immediate reflections of the soul’s cartography. Through his journey the painter embraces the magical and the unknown, accepting the importance of facing the rough edges within the topography of ourselves, while trusting love and kindness as guidance. On the canvases, dark surfaces are broken to frame luminous elements or glistening horizons. Out of the darkness, our eyes are led towards vibrant colours promising hope and tranquility.


Christopher Colm Morrin is an Irish-born, contemporary artist who studied a BA in Psychology & Philosophy in Dublin and later attained a Major in Psychoanalytic Therapy from DBS University. In 2011 Morrin moved to Berlin where he now lives and works as a painter, poet and musician. The artist is inspired by a daily routine of meditation and the analysis of his dreams and the unconscious. His latest works are direct attempts to come face-to face with and understand one’s emotions and a willingness to openly express them. One major aim of Morrin’s art is to create a healthy discourse about the vulnerable nature of the human psyche but he is also keen to explore the liberating power of truth within the soul of the individual and the collective.

Nicola Petek Exhibitions

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Days of Heartbreak

04–19 September 2021

Pony Royal
Siegfriedstraße 12

Marjan Baniasadi, Göksu Baysal, Peter Böhnisch, Daniel Correa Mejía, Alexander Denkert, Emily Eldridge, Daniela Elorza, Oska Gutheil, Ekin Su Koç, Flo Maak, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Kate MccGwire, Christopher Colm Morrin, Dennis Scholl, Anna Steinert, Juliette Sturlèse, Songwen Sun-von Berg, Özer Toraman

„Generally, the term “heartbreak” (also known as a “broken heart”) is defined as a proxy for the intense emotional stress or even physical pain one feels when experiencing a great and deep longing. The term is cross-cultural and is often cited in reference to a coveted or lost lover, though I believe this interpretation falls short.

This pain of the heart can occur both individually and collectively: the loss of home, the memory of a moment that can never be lived again, the sudden parting from a loved one, a lack of understanding from one’s family about life choices, dissatisfaction with oneself, or the behavior of others.

This exhibition and the accompanying publication function like a small study that can perhaps contribute to understanding the influence that subjective circumstances as well as cultural identity can have on the respective ways of dealing with a broken heart.“

From the Foreword
Nicola E. Petek

Days of Heartbreak

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