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Buchler, Pavel (b. 1952), 2009, Installation

Pavel Büchler was born in the Czech Republic and studied first at the Prague School of Graphic Arts and then, from 1973-76,  at the Institute of Applied Arts, where he was influenced by images of Conceptual art from  Western Europe.  As a student, he formed the group K.Q.N, a form of resistance to state control through the clandestine printing of banned literature.  He was evicted from Czechoslovakia in 1981 and settled in the UK.  From 1992 to 1996, Büchler was head of the School of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and is currently Research Professor in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Since the 1980s his work has been exhibited widely in Britain, Europe, China and America.  Büchler’s installations are often made from abandoned objects and obsolete pieces of technical equipment.  They invite interpretation by the viewer, acting to stimulate the imagination.  Fly was bought with the aid of a contribution from the LACF in 2011.