The young composer Ian Mikyska has prepared a unique sensory walk through the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia. We can set out on our exploration with the aid of a special guidebook, which is available at the ticket offices of the National Gallery in Prague. Thanks to maps and musical notation we can touch the historical and material layers of the building, hear the background soundscape and focus our sight on the smallest details.
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The offices of The Pudil Family Foundation and Kunsthalle Praha are temporarily located at the premises of bpd partners in the Blox building, Evropská 2758/11, Prague 6.
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Below we would like to share with you news regarding our grants, advancements in the Kunsthalle Praha project, developments in building our team, and updates regarding the “Czech Art” publications series.
This is our last opportunity to visit the exhibition of 19th Century Art from Neoclassicism to Romanticism in the Salm Palace, which closes at the beginning of October. The National Gallery in Prague will make the artworks accessible again in a few years in the Trade Fair Palace, where the paintings will be integrated into the international context of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
František Skála supplemented his exhibition in the nearby Waldstein Riding School with a ‘Rugged Stand’, where passers-by can pause for refreshment or explore prepared artefacts. The artist created this unusual, six-meter-tall sculpture from a three hundred years old oak tree trunk. Ondřej Kobza, the well-known Prague café owner, will be providing us with his service.
The refurbished gardens of the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia will awake from hibernation with the cultural programme Anežka LIVE! Besides visual art, we can look forward to music, films, theatre, workshops, as well as yoga lessons and slam poetry.
A retrospective of the work of Gerhard Richter, one of the most important and versatile living artists, is currently on show as part of the 2017 Czech-German Cultural Spring. The exhibition features over seventy works from his sixty-year long artistic career, including his iconic photorealistic paintings. In Richter’s work we can observe a wide spectrum of historical influences – from realism and impressionism, to pop art, conceptualism and abstract expressionism.
With her unique sculptural, almost architectural exhibition Touch of Time, Magdalena Jetelová reacts to the space of the Small Hall of the Trade Fair Palace and invites us to explore the relationship between uncertainty and certainty, danger and safety. The gleaming surfaces of her simulated contour lines, in combination with laser beams and mirrors, permeate the entire space, which simultaneously becomes a part of the artwork.
This pairing of artists who are also potters and theoreticians of ceramic art, Aj Wej-Wej and Edmund de Waal, revitalizes an undervalued material normally considered only as one branch of arts-and-craft production. In Kneaded Knowledge: The Language of Ceramics, the two artists bring together a representative selection of their works and exhibit them alongside the objects that inspired them.
The art workshop of the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson creates a dynamic space in which we can join the community through shared learning and creating lamps. Green Light is meant as a metaphorical symbol for refugees and migrants searching for a better and more hopeful life.
The seventh chapter of the Moving Image Department deviates from its course by presenting an imaginary image created by a combination of sound and light. A legend of experimental music, Brian Eno will present his latest solo album The Ship (2016), which is simultaneously a multichannel three-dimensional sound installation.
Chinese conceptual artist, activist and dissident Aj Wej-Wej through his monumental installation confronts visitors to the Trade Fair Palace with the plight of millions of refugees – an issue that divides our society into “us” and “them”.
Forty years after the signing of Charter 77, we look back at the life stories of individual dissidents as well as the overall atmosphere of the revolutionary era. The Story of Charta 77 – its origins, activity and end – is told through the life of poet, art historian and patron of the underground Ivan Martin Jirous, also known by his nickname Magor (Madman). Also featured are the lives of Václav Havel, Jan Poatočka and Jaroslav Seifert.
Versatile artist František Skála has created in the Waldstein Riding School a museum composed of several smaller museums linked by the motif of light. In his Riding School the artist takes us on a walk through a metaphysical landscape of strange architecture and striking sculptures, through which he aims to communicate to us his world-view.
The Pudil Family Foundation has put on loan from its collection Toyen’s painting Dream (1937) for the retrospective exhibition Shadow on Stone – The Art of Lili Ország (1926-1978) in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest. The Hungarian surrealist artist Lili Ország drew inspiration from Giorgio de Chirico and Paul Devaux, as well as from her Czech artistic forerunner Marie Čermínová, known under the pseudonym Toyen.
The Pudil Family Foundation supported the exhibition Third Mind. Jiří Kovanda and the (Im)possibility of Collaboration
As part of its autumn programme, the National Gallery in Prague organized an exhibition celebrating 40 years of the work of Jiří Kovanda (b.1953). The Third Mind: Jiří Kovanda and the (Im)possibility of Collaboration considers the collaborative aspects of the artist’s oeuvre. Many of Kovanda’s works arose out of cooperation and dialogue with other artists close to him, and include collages, installations, sculptures and performances that blur the dividing line between everyday life and art.
As part of its autumn 2016 programme, the National Gallery in Prague, in partnership with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, presented the exhibition Three Centuries of American Prints. Offering a broad historical overview of graphic art in the USA from the early 18th century almost up to the present, the exhibition also provides a fascinating glimpse into the historical, social and political evolution of the country.