Jaroslav Andel

I Thought I Was Seeing…

Jaroslav Andel (b. 1949, Czech Republic) is a conceptual artist, photographer, art historian, curator, and pedagogue. He studied photography at FAMU, 1967–72, and art history at Charles University in Prague, 1969–73. He received his PhD from Charles University in Prague in 1982.

Andel is the former director of the National Gallery in Prague’s Museum of Modern Art, the founding artistic director of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, 2008-2015, the founder and director of the interdisciplinary serendipity research program at the Agosto Foundation in Prague, the author and co-author of more than 40 books and exhibition catalogues published in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Czech. He has organized numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, mainly in Europe but also in the U.S. and Japan. His recent exhibitions such as Modes of Democracy and Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy (traveling in Europe and the U.S.) have examined various challenges to democracy. He has been a consultant to the Council of Europe on its exhibition program and its platform Smarter Creativity, Smarter Democracy.