Other exhibitions

Martha Rosler in Prague Gallery Langhans

Langhans Gallery Prague presents the photographic art of Martha Rosler. The well-known American painter, photographer, activist, essayist and teacher, is known and considered to be one of the most influential persons of political and feminist-oriented art in America and Europe.

The exhibition in Langhans Gallery contributes to the debate about the role of art in society. Rosler redefines context of the social space, and traditionally puts in question of social, gender and power inequality.

Rosner is not concerned solely with photography, as she works with all available media ; among her favorites are film and video, slide projection, installation, performance, and political events. She is also known as an author of critical essays focusing on role of females and culture in everyday life.

The picture on the left is called Hothouse or Harem. Martha Rosler in Prague Gallery Langhans until 9th November 2008.

Prague Airport shortly a Gallery

Prague airport in Ruzyne have changed into an art gallery. The owners of the airport let the project Aeronale 2008 in the halls of Prague Airport. The first year of the project introduces an exhibition of contemporary art created by the young generation. The main ones are Richard Koci with his piece Love, sex and money and Humanoids by Michal Trpak. The art exhibits are placed directly in the airport hall.

The exhibition inclusive of artpieces of twenty six artists lasts until 31st December. The alias of the exhibition is ‘travelling objects’. By the exhibition, the Airport management wants to humanize the environment at the airport and also provide the travelling public with a sight at contemporary art.

Blue Mauritius is in Prague, You can see it. Only This Weekend

The most famous postal stamp in the World have arrived to Prague yesterday. According to tv Nova, the Blue Mauritius and his brother Red Mauritius in the metropolis from Friday to Sunday. They will be displayed on the world philatelist exhibition at Prague Exhibition Ground. Philatelist jewels were brought by the governor of the Queen’s Elizabeth II collection, Michael Sefi himself.

Their arrival was accompanied by the most strict security proceedings. Both the Mairitiuses are to be under bullet proof glass. The way to them leads through metal detectors and a security frame. Not speaking about security guards all around. The stamp worth many millions in world’s hardest currencies attracts.

Pumpkins Exhibition in Prague

Oh yeas, we are serious. You have never been to a pumpkin exhibition before? Now you have a chance. Ing. Petr Herynek, the long-term cooperator of Botanical garden of the capital city of Prague, brought almost 2000 of pumpkins to botanical garden in Troja. Of course, they vary from the most common sorts to the very unusal with comics names like White UFO, Longer from Nice, Golden Nugget etc.

Supporting programme:
On weekends you can also buy pumpkins
4th and 5th October: workshops for kids and adults: animals from pumpkins, pumpkins and painting.

Venue: Botanical Garden in Troja, Close to Zoo Prague. Opened – 2nd September to 5th October 2008.

Zizkov Tower Babies going to Kampa

Giant babies crawling up the Zizkov Tower are going to appear in the centre of Prague as well. Three statues of crawling infants with a ventilation shaft instead of a face should decorate Kampa Park. The idea came from Museum Kampa, that stands close-by in Sovovy Mlyny.

The massive babies (every one of them is about 800kg!) first appeared on Zizkov television tower eight years ago. They became so popular that their creator David Cerny had to create permanent versions, which have been there since 2001.

Kampa park is going to host bronze versions, three of them, until 2009 spring, when it is to undergo reconstruction. The three bronze babies than move, where it is not clear yet.

Blue Mauritius coming to Prague

The most famous stamp among the general public comes to Prague to be the cherry on the cake of the exposition of British Queen’s collection on the world exhibition Praga 2008. Collections from 61 countries is protected by 1 billion czk policy.

Besides the Blue Mauritius, which price is, according to the organizers, incalculable, there will be other stamps from the ‘first league’ of the most valuable ones of the world. The other very valuable stamp from the Queen’s collection is the black one-penny stamp with the portrait of Queen Victoria. The piece was the first stick-on stamp in the world back n 1840.

The Exhibition also brings very special Czech stamps to our eyes – a block of Blue Merkur from the first half of the 19th century. The block leaves its safe-deposit only rarely. Merkur is the first newspaper stamp of the world – it served only for newspaper as a postal cover for delivery, it wasn’t possible to use for other postal services.

The exhibition takes place 12-14 September 2008 in the Industrial Palace of the Prague Exhibition ground. The exhibition is expected to take place with high interest of the public, as the last year volume was attended by 65 thousands.

1968 Invasion Open-Air Exhibition

Josef Koudelka's famous image of Prague's Wenceslas Square, nearly empty at noon on August 21, 1968, during the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. On 21st August, it is going to be 40 years, since the military forces of the Warsaw pact army invaded Czechoslovakia, and so violently ending the Prague Spring 68. The occupants have killed 106 people, 276 were seriously injured, 422 lightly injured. But there are no figures stating what the invasion did to the nation’s spirit and mind.

Because we should remember, how valuable freedom is, how important is to be able to talk about whatever one wants, how priceless is freedom, we can travel, study, do a job that fulfills us, we are going to bring back the memory of those hard august days exactly forty years ago.

On the Wenceslas Square and its surroundings, there is going to be an authentic impression of the past wars. With assistance of National Museum, a kind of open-air exhibition is going to take place, changing the places of hardest battles into their appearance of 1968.

Maybe, this whole event contribute to not forgetting our history, possibly leading to not repeating it.

The Museum which Smells of Coffee

A short look into the world of coffee, people around it and coffee loungers brings an exhibition in Prague City Museum Na Porici. One of its wards have changed into a First Republic café. Tables, chairs and a piano, correspondingly dressed-up waiters and a glass of water on a silver tray. Everything as it should be.

This exhibition so offers a bonus – the customers not only see the exhibits, they can also touch, feel, and drink the exhibits, which sound far more enjoyable. The second part of the exhibition, the ‘traditional one’ consist of reminder of disappeared Prague cafés of the First Republic.

Yet there is a third part – it documents the way of coffee from plantations to its consumer. The exhibition has been quite successful, gaining positive critiques, so you shouldn’t miss it. It last until the end of August 2008.

Titanic - The Artefacts Exhibition

Wandering amongst the Titanic treasures you begin to realise that the cold chill isn’t from the recreated wall of ice. The artefacts belonged to people, many of whom lost their lives during the early hours of 15 April 1912.

Preserved for 92 years, this is the bronze bell that Frederick Fleet rang three times before he shouted, “Iceberg right ahead”. As you enter the first part of the exhibition and catch sight of the massive section of the ship’s hull, any thoughts of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are replaced by the awe of what lies ahead. Yes there’s romance, the beauty of the first class accommodation and trinkets, but there is also the stark reality that these things were abandoned by people in fear of their lives.

The exhibition Titanic Artefacts in Prague Lucerna offers a mixture of ship parts – ranging from plumbing and metal bench supports – to personal belongings and items of clothing such as a top hat and a single shoe. Around every corner is another fascinating artefact with another story to tell. A pack of playing cards, a clarinet – perhaps abandoned by the ship’s orchestra – miniature jars of perfume, bottles of wine, pans from the galley, money and crockery.

All the items have been recovered from the debris field of the wreck site 453 miles Southeast of the Newfoundland coastline and lying 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface.

Brussel Dream Exhibition in Prague

Do you like old fashioned exhibitions? At this moment, there is an interesting exhibition in the Municipal library (Mestska knihovna) in Prague. This exhibition is called Brussel Dream and shows how Czechoslovakia presented itself on the world exhibition Expo 58 in Brussel in Belgium. It was fifty years ago, so now comes an ideal time to remember this event, which was pretty important for Czechoslovak culture .

So if you want to get to know more about it, you should visit the Prague Municipal library. The exhibition is on until 21th of September 2008.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm.
Entrance fee: 120 CZK Adults, 60 CZK others.
You can reach the Municipal Library easily from Staromestska metro station.

Women in the Sun. Three Women Sculptors at Prague Castle

Alina Szapocznikow Three different stories, three different artistic expressions. Confronted with each other, they reveal common themes and motivations. Vera Janouskova, Eva Kmentova, Alina Szapocznikow present their exhibition. They all studied under Josef Wagner at Prague’s UMPRUM immediately after the war, and although their work each followed its own path, their art and their relationship to the world and the present day show clear parallels and correlations. Their distinctiveness, which grew out of the female experience, is expressed in three different ways of understanding the physical nature of this experience.

Informed by the cubist composition of forms, they in particular emulated the voluminous figures of Otto Gutfreund. Under the unmistakable influence of abstraction and informel, however, they moved away from statues and classic figures towards objects, only to return in a radical manner to the figure, now conceived as an object. They created assemblages, experimented with materials and invented new ways of using them.

In the 1960s, Szapocznikow became involved in the New Realism in Paris, while Janouskova and Kmentová helped to establish the New Figuration. They developed themes related to the figure, the body, imprints, traces, identity, birth and decline, ephemerality and permanence. Kmentová’s and Szapocznikow’s work in particular share a certain kinship, even though they are in some ways antithetical to each other. Both artists found a source of ideas and an important expressive tool in the human body, the parts of the body, the torso and imprints of the body, in particular their own bodies. The works of Szapocznikow and Janoušková, meanwhile, share a common use of found materials and mixed media, although Janoušková expresses her relationship to physicality with a greater level of abstraction.

Event: 31.07.2008 – 31.10.2008
Venue: Royal Summer Palace

Angels sleeping - Gottfried Helnwein in the Rudolfinum Gallery

Works by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein are now to be seen in the Rudolfinum Gallery on the exhibition entitled Angels sleeping. He is a phenomenon in the field of hyperrealistic painting.

Working in a technique of oil and acrylic painting, he makes extremely precise canvases of a big measure, based on photographs. Their topics are taken from history as well as from pop-culture and he also often deals with theme of a child in extreme situations.

The realistic look of painting is startling; he is very precise and technically extremely skilful. But the paintings look bit too strange… well, but I let you to make your opinion on your own, after the visit of the exhibition.

The exhibition lasts until 31st of August 2008. More informaion on Angels sleeping is here

Permanent exposition The Story of Prague Castle

The exhibition tells the tale of the main castle complex in the country and the people associated with it – from monarchs and presidents to nobility and courtiers, famous artists, builders, architects and scientists to craftsmen and servants. It is the story of a complex bearing the secret of the last resting place of the most important Czech princes and kings and patron saints of our country, of a place preserving the Czech crown jewels, St. Vitus’ Treasure, as well as a place representing a respectable residence of the head of the Czech Republic. The story begins in ancient history – in prehistory – and continues to the present time, recording more than 5,000 years, which mostly became fateful moments for Czech history and the history of all its inhabitants.

The main route leads through particular eras, to which are connected thematic branches – stories representing interesting items associated with Prague Castle, such as the Story of Coronation, Burial, Czech Patrons of the Church and Cathedrals. Part of the exposition is a special program for children, called Play Castle, and other interactive programs and projections.

Admission: Full 140 CZK : Reduced 70 CZK : Family 200 CZK

The Exhibition is open daily except 28.10 and 24.12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer (1.4. – 31.10.) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter (1.11. – 31.3.).

The entrance can be reached through the Third Courtyard and the North Courtyard. There is also an entrance from St. George’s Square.

Czech Tapestries Exhibition in Prague Museum

tapestry exhibition in Prague Designers, artists and architects are the authors of the projects, according to which tapestries are created in the manufacture in Valsske Mezirici of Northern Moravia are created for more than 110 years.

The cross-section of the 20th century production is displayed until 21st September at the exhibition in the Decorative Arts Museum in Prague, just by Charles Bridge.

The exhibition introduces the founder of the manufacture for tapestries and hand-made carpets Rudolf Schlattauer (1861-1915) but also works of younger designers plus works of present tapestry artists.

The exhibition starts today in Umeleckoprumyslove Muzeum – The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and lasts until 21st September 2008.

A Huge Red Poodle at Kampa Park

The Italian art group Cracking Art introduces itself in the Prague museum Kampa in Sovovy Mlyny. The group from the North Italy city of Biela is joined of artists from various countries and installations for Prague called Re-evolution has such attractions like color dogs, crocodiles, rabbits and other super-sized animals.

The art objects were installed in the area of the gallery using a derrick and some can be quite well seen from the other side of Vltava river as well, such as the previously mentioned 3-metre tall red poodle. The exhibition takes place under the auspices of the Italian ambassador Pigliapoc and the Prague Mayor Pavel Bem. The location is Prague Kampa Park and it lasts until 12th October 2008.

Architecture Week - Contemporary Architecture Festival, Film Festival

Festival of contemporary and modern architecture, Architectureweek, exists in different forms almost in every European city except from Prague. Therefore the organizer Czech Architecture Week s.r.o. has decided to make a similar event. The festival will present Czech and foreign architecture to professional and non-professional public through various events – exhibitions, lectures, seminars, presentations, walks, cocktails, openings and others. Architectureweek is an opportunity for people of every age and every occupation to explore architecture and develop their knowledge about it.

Within its all-year program Architecture Year 2008, Czech Architecture Week company prepares from 18th to 20th June 2008 a film festival on architecture called Czech Architecture Week – Film Festival. Since wednesday to frifay, the non-commerical film festival for students and public. Opening time 10 – 18, free entry.

If you want to widen your knowledge about architecture, the festival takes place in Veletrzni palac in the new lifestyle, architecture and design spce Terminal. Programe and all the info you need here

Asian Art in Prague - Permanent Exhibition

Zbraslav chateau hosts a permanent exhibition of Asian art. The ground floor is mostly Japanese. Every room is supplied with a thorough, well- written commentary in Czech and English; each room is mostly devoted to a single theme, period or a major technique. The various influences are interesting, for example the similarities between 19th Century Japanese ceramics and the European art noveau decorations, or the very early hints of the comic- book style of drawing. There are some very old sheets with of a storyboard- like character, where a series of pictures tells the story of an ancient legend, the short comments written on a side.

The Chinese part is on the second floor. There you may see a quick walk through the country’s art from simple artifacts, buried with the deceased or later statues- guards of tombs to examples of Middle Ages and Modern Times painting and Buddhist sculptures. Buddhism naturally plays an important role in all parts of the exhibition. The supplied commentaries also provide a brief, but competent overview of Chinese history, as it is reflected in the creations of the eras. Continue reading on prague.net blog

Exhibition according to Philosopher Herakleit

Sculptures, statues and interior and exterior objects have filled Danube House and its surroundings at the Rohansky ostrov island. Exhibition of clause works have been opened by the students of sculpture at VSU (Prague Art University)

„Young artists have a chance to join the attractive surroundings of modern architecture with their art-pieces“ Said Marcela Stefcova from the organizing agency. The collection, named after the statement of Herakleit „You can’t cross the same river twice“ stays at Rohansky ostrov until the end of September.

Titanic: Artifacts Exhibition comes to Prague

The story of the famous ship waits for he visitors of the unusual exhibition, that moved to Prague from its previous destination in Brno, Budapest and the USA opens to visitors.

Titanic Artifacts that are there came in great number – over 300 exhibits, that were lifted from their watery grave. The authentic objects, from scenario of the tragedy which took lives of more than 1500 people on one April night of 1912, will take you back in time immediately.

19 million people have attended the exhibition worldwide, and the greatest emotions are always aroused by personal belongings of passengers, such as a suit-case, evening dress, top hat, music instruments or talismans. There are also pieces of luxurious porcelain, silver dippers or glasses.

The project was launched with help of RMS Titanic, the American company having exclusive licence for rescuing objects from the shipwreck.

Starts – 5th June, Ends – according to interest of visitors, Place – Lucerna, Great Hall, Prague. Open 10:00 – 21:00, tickets – 280-330 czk.

Anti-Art in National Gallery

grizzly man by marcin dziaczkowsky To went away from the mainstream and ruling conventions, not to be a subject to the art market, to create art for the value of the gesture, not for the monetary value of the object. Such is the idea of the exhibition of alternative contemporary art in Prague, which starts today, and continues until 14th September 2008.

One of the main ideas of this year is the statement, that the art value of an arpiece is not determined by the object itself, but by the gesture of the artist who created it. The example would be Marcel Duchamp, who in 1917 transported the industrially made pissoir into a show room, thus creating the first ready-made and aroused a debate of theoreticians about anti-art. In the end the Duchamp’s pissoir was labelled the most fundamental artpiece of the 20th century.

We previously informed you about the exhibition venue in the National Gallery, however other part of the exhibition is placed in Kinsky Palace.

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