Zdenek Košek worked as a typographer and drew caricatures and satirical cartoons for regional magazines and newspapers. A self-taught artist, he has also produced a number of more or less conventional paintings. In the 1980s a deep psychological trauma gradually changed his perception of the world; he was diagnosed as psychotic and had to retire in 1989. From then on he would produce a work radically different from his previous paintings.
Meteorology and weather are the main themes of his works on paper. Košek was convinced that he played a determining role at heart of the great ruling of the world. He saw himself as a kind of power station, continuously receiving and emitting multitudes of information. He thought that his duty was to master the meteorological phenomena.
"I mastered not only the time but also politics, I named Vaclav Havel president. [...] I thought I was immortal".
He spent his days in front of the window, convinced that he could provoke or control the weather, writing down everything that was happening around him : the direction of the wind, the flight of the birds, sounds, the changes on temperature, different combinations of numbers, letters and chemical elements, etc. He would draw on notebooks, maps, atlas or old magazines. His diagrams served him as a direct means to influence weather - an indispensable ritual dictated to him, to which he abandoned himself in order to avoid his biggest fear, the irreversible chaos. By sticking his schemes onto the window of his apartment, he communicated with birds, which he believed to be superior to man.
(source abcd, art brut collection, Montreuil)
For its reopening in 2012, the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) has devoted an exhibition to him.
photo | brut : collection bruno decharme et compagnie, les rencontres d’arles in collaboration with abcd and the american folk art museum (new york), mécanique générale, from july 1st to september 22nd, 2019.
au delà : aux confins du visible et de l'invisible, christian berst art brut, paris, from march 7th to april 13th, 2019.
l'envol ou le rêve de voler, la maison rouge, from june 16th to october 28th, 2018.
do the write thing 2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut gallery, from april 26th to june 2nd, 2018.
the museum of everything, from june 10th, 2017, to april 2nd, 2018, mona (museum of old and new art), berriedale, australia.
in abstracto, from june 8th to july 15th 2017, galerie christian berst art brut, paris.
brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies from october 29th to january 16th 2017, musées de belfort, belfort. curator christian berst; associated curator brut pop.
theliège international biennial of photography, biennale de l'image possible, 2016, liège, belgium.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies, works from the treger/saint silvestre collection, curator: christian berst, oliva creative factory, from june 18th to february 28th, são joão da madeira, portugal.
du nombril au cosmos, autour de la collection abcd/ bruno decharme" from september 25th to january 24th 2016, musée art et marges, bruxelles.
soit 10 ans, états intérieurs from september 12th to october 21th, 2015, christian berst art brut gallery, paris.
art brut live from march 27th to august 17th 2015, DOX center for contemporary art, prague.
galerists at work" from April 23 to June 6th 2015, eva hober gallery, paris.
le bord des mondes from february 18th to may 17th 2015, palais de tokyo, paris.
do the write thing, read between the lines from october 30th to december 21th, 2014, christian berst art brut gallery, new york.
art brut masterpieces et découvertes, carte blanche à bruno decharme" from october 21 to november 29th, 2014 , christian berst art brut gallery, paris.
beyond the boundaries,2011, discoveries & new acquisitions september 8th to october 13th 2012 gallery christian berst art brut, paris.
janko domsic et zdenek kosek, créateurs du ciel et de la terre from June 15th to september 9th 2006, institut français de prague, prague.
photo|brut, collection bruno decharme & compagnie, paris, flammarion ed., abcd and the american folk art museum, 2019.
exhibition catalog, au delà : aux confins du visible et de l'invisible, christian berst art brut ed, paris, 2019.
l'art brut, martine lusardy, citadelles & mazenod, paris, 2018.
art brut : la pulsion creativa al desnudo, graciela garcia, sans soleil ed., vitoria-gasteiz, 2018.
exhibition catalogue, l'envol ou le rêve de voler, la maison rouge, éd.flammarion, 2018.
exhibition catalogue, do the write thing 2: read between the lines, christian berst art brut ed., 2018.
revue multitudes, n°69, winter, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, in abstracto, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, ed. les presses du réel, musées de belfort, belfort, 2017.
preTENse, exhibition catalog, paris, christian berst art brut ed., 2015.
"zdenek kosek : i am a rainologist and a stormologist" in gagarin, the artists in their own words, n°30, published by GAGA vzw, Antwerp, 2015
le bord des mondes, catalogue d'exposition du palais de tokyo, 18 février au 17 mai 2015.
catalogue d'exposition, do the write thing : read between the lines, new york, christian berst art brut, 30 octobre - 21 decembre 2014.
art brut collection abcd, catalogue d’exposition de la maison rouge (18.10 au 18.01.2015), textes de barbara safarova, de christiane cuticchio et entretien entre bruno decharme, antoine de galbert et paula aisemberg, paris, éditions fage, la maison rouge, 2014.
la folie de l’art brut, roxana azimi, éditions séguier, 2014.
art brut masterpieces & découvertes : carte blanche à bruno decharme, (10/21to 11/29/2014), paris, christian berst art brut, 2014.
art brut, collection abcd/bruno decharme, texts written by étienne klein, béatrice steiner, claude abromont, jean-louis lanoux, vincent gille, nanette jacomijn-snoep, barbara safarova, jean-gael barbara, laurent derobert, philippe comar, michel thévoz, didier semin, émilie bouvard, manuel anceau, sandra adam-couralet, massimiliano gioni, paris, édition flammarion, 2014.
biennale de l'image possible 2016, exhibition catalogue, les éditions du caïd, 2016, pp. 74, 75.
selective press review
- in abstracto authors bénédicte philippe in télérama sortir, july 5, 2017.
- de l'art brut art high-tech authors Stéphanie Lemoine in l'oeil, january, 2017.
- art brut la fête des fous authors Isabelle Martin-Anderson in Silver age, June 2016.
- L'art brut à contre courant authors Aurelie Romanacce, Pascaline Vallee et Patrick Le Fur in Arts Magazine, September 2014.