WE ARE CREATING
A NEW OPEN SPACE
FOR CZECH AND INTERNATIONAL
TRANSFORMATION OF THE FORMER ZENGER´'S TRANSFORMER SUBSTATION BUILDING
Kunsthalle Praha is a newly emerging space for art and culture in Prague's historical centre. It will offer visitors a wide range of exhibitions and educational projects, cultural events and social activities. Kunsthalle Praha's mission is to contribute to a deeper understanding of Czech and international art of the 20th and 21st centuries and to communicate this with a dynamic, contemporary programme to the broadest possible public.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
TRANSFORMACE – PEŠÁNEK / DÍAZ
Historii budovy bývalé Zengerovy trafostanice a příběh kinetických soch, které měly zdobit její fasádu, představíme v rámci programu Dne architektury.
Věděli jste, že na fasádě klasicizující moderní architektury měly stát světelné kinetické objekty slavného sochaře Zdeňka Pešánka? Ačkoli byly oceněny medailí na mezinárodní výstavě umění a techniky v Paříži v roce 1937, k instalaci na budově nikdy nedošlo a objekty se nezachovaly.
Nyní budete mít možnost vidět jejich virtuální podobu formou projekce na budovu; uměleckého a technologického zpracování se ujal současný multimediální umělec Federico Díaz, který projekt připravil na základě modelů soch uložených v Národní galerii v Praze. Projekci doplní přednáška historičky architektury Venduly Hnídkové.
We are preparing a rich palette of exhibitions, educational programmes, cultural activities and social events for Kunsthalle Praha visitors. The exhibition programme will address themes relevant to the Czech and international art scenes from the modern era up to the present.
For many years, Kunsthalle Praha has been building a representational collection of Czech and international art from the 20th century to the present day. The collection will provide an important resource for exhibitions, research, publishing and educational projects.
Kunsthalle Praha's research projects will explore new approaches to modern and contemporary art and contextualize Czech art in relation to international trends and events. Our research findings will secure the basis for exhibitions, publications and educational programmes.
Several paintings by Prague Academy of Fine Arts graduate Argišt Alaverdyan, from the exhibition New Wave: AVU Graduates 2017 at the National Gallery in Prague, have been selected for the project AVU Graduation Works Collection. The project, supported by The Pudil Family Foundation, aims to build up a sub-collection of Kunsthalle Praha mapping, on a long-term basis, the work of graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) as well as other schools, and support the further creative output of selected artists.
A visionary, that's what a creator whose thoughts were ahead of technologies of his time is a posteriori called. Zdeněk Pešánek surely belongs to this category of artists. His light-kinetic sculptures designed for the public space in the 20s and 30s of the previous century were created only at a cost of a complex, tedious and never totally satisfying work. Though to make his multimedia assemblies, Zdeněk Pešánek was using the most innovative elements and materials of the time: celluloid, light bulbs and neons.
The recent acquisition of Giorgio de Chirico’s Forbidden Toys isn’t about some toys left behind by children, but is a work from an early period of the important Italian painter. Thanks to a long-term loan from the bpd partners foundation, this painting will enrich the surrealist part of the Kunsthalle Praha collection, which includes works from artists such as Toyen and Jindřich Štyrský.
Kunsthalle Praha’s visual style, created in cooperation with Studio Najbrt, is based on its own typeface, Kunst, which was inspired by sketches from the typographic genius Jan Tschichold. Typographer Marek Pistora designed the original font, Kunst, for Kunsthalle Praha as an updated version of Tschichold’s original, while referring to roots reaching back to the modern art of the 20th century. The typeface thus connects Kunsthalle Praha’s visual identity with its programmatic focus on the period from modernity up to the present.