Mountain of Mountains

This catalogue is a presentation of the artist’s large-scale projects for the deserts of Israel (chiefly the Judean and the Negev), which Aleš Veselý has intensively worked on since the mid-1990s. It contains an introductory text about the beginnings and development of the desert-project concept in addition to original texts by Aleš Veselý himself. Called at times by Veselý “utopias which should still come into being”, these desert structures remain connected to the reality of their surroundings despite their ethereal quality and the extensive modelling of the environment. All the projects he has under consideration could be realized at any phase of their development. Aleš Veselý’s desert projects are monumental, universal concepts that blur the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, and land art. They articulate basic human doubts about the irreversibility of things and are pure expressions of the relationship between the microcosm and macrocosm. They are sublime, not beautiful, works of art. Not meant to fulfil any aesthetic canon, their structures are formulations of absolute values of existence at the intersection of historical and mythical time.

Jewish Museum in Prague, 2003
Michaela Hájková, Aleš Veselý
ISBN 80-85608-66-9
paperback book, 123 pp., 21 x 22 cm, Czech-English

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