KUNSTHALLE PRAHA & MARK DION PRESENT THE CABINET OF ELECTRICAL CURIOSITIES

We cordially invite you to attend the unveiling of the Cabinet of Electrical Curiosities, a permanent site-specific installation created by Mark Dion for Kunsthalle Praha. The event will take place on Friday, 1 October 2021 at 5 pm at the soon-to-be-completed Kunsthalle Praha, in presence of the artist Mark Dion and Kunsthalle Praha’s founders Pavlína & Petr Pudil.

PROGRAMME OF THE EVENING

  • 5pm | Unveiling of Mark Dion's Cabinet of Electrical Curiosities & launch of the accompanying Field Guide

  • 6pm | Mark Dion, Kristýna & Marek Milde in conversation with Christelle Havranek, Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Praha

  • 7pm | Cocktail reception

Cabinet of Electrical Curiosities: A permanent site-specific installation created by Mark Dion for Kunsthalle Praha. Using industrial objects collected on the site of the former Zenger electrical substation, Dion’s work tells the story of the Kunsthalle’s building, from its construction in the 1930s to its current conversion into a modern cultural space.

Field Guide: Accompanying Mark Dion's installation, the publication includes an interview with the artist, a timeline and a selection of objects with descriptions penned by the Czech technical historian Milan Guštar.

Discussion: Mark Dion & the Czech artist duo Kristýna & Marek Milde, all three based in New York, are long-time friends. Although working in different media, Dion and the Mildes share number of approaches and strategies. As explorers of the natural world, rescuers of found objects, observers of human behavior, they share a comparable artistic vision. In conversation with the Kunsthalle’s Chief Curator Christelle Havranek, the artists will present some of their recent projects and discuss their practices, influences and preoccupations. They will also talk about their experience at Mildred's Lane, an innovative visual art educational and residency programme co-founded by Mark Dion in Narrowsburg, Pennsylvania and often visited by the Mildes.

Practical information: Kunsthalle Praha address: Pod Bruskou 132/2, Praha 1. The dress code will be smart casual. Please bear in mind that the event will take place at a nearly-completed construction site. Following current governmental advice, masks must be worn at indoor events and guests must show a vaccination certificate, a negative test result or proof that they have had Covid-19 in the last 180 days. The event will be documented via video and photography. If you do not want your image to be collected, kindly inform a member of our team. Should you require further information, please contact our Event Manager Daniela Glozová at dglozova@kunsthallepraha.org.

ARTISTS OF THE EVENING

Mark Dion
A mixed media artist whose eclectic work spans installation, sculpture, curation, assemblage and more. His interdisciplinary approach appropriates methods taken from archaeology, archiving, ecology, and the sciences to probe the construction of knowledge across many different fields. The recipient of many awards, Dion has exhibited his work extensively and collaborated with major international institutions. Some of his well known works include Neukom Vivarium (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA, and Tate Thames Dig (1999) which displayed a range of relics discovered at Thames River locations near London’s Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) and future Tate Modern. Dion rarely works with the same materials twice, and has worked with everything from industrial factory components to taxidermy animals. His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate in London, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Seattle Art Museum, among others.

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Kristyna & Marek Milde
Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists duo, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. In their practice they investigate the shifting relationship between culture and environment, often using natural and man-made found materials to create interpretative archives, sculptures, and site-specific installations. The Mildes have been awarded numerous residencies and awards and have exhibited internationally in institutions such as the Queens Museum and MoMA in New York, the DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Futura and Meet Factory in Prague, among others. They won the Westport Art Center collaborative competition and their work is part of private and public collections. Kristýna Milde studied painting at Assenza Malschule in Basel. Marek Milde studied sculpture at the Atelier Dodekaeder in Germany. They both received MFAs from Queens College, CUNY, New York, in 2007.

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