ME, YOU, HE, SHE, IT, WE, YOU, THEY AT THE PRAGUE CITY GALLERY

Exhibition Medium: figure. © Prague City Gallery
Exhibition Medium: figure. © Prague City Gallery

At the exhibition Medium: figure in the Prague City Gallery, you can see Anna Hulačová’s sculpture "me, you, he, she, it, we, you, they" (2016), from the collection of Kunsthalle Praha.

The sculpture of two interconnected people, can be seen in the courtyard of the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace until 8 October 2017. The exhibition (as the title clearly states) deals with the figure, which contemporary Czech and Slovak artists have shifted far beyond the borders of conventional sculpture.

Although the exhibition is loosely tied to the previous project, Restless figure -Expression in Czech sculpture 1880-1914, shiny metal bodies have long since been exchanged for modern techniques and materials. Medium: figure offers a rich portfolio of the artistic forms in which the human body can be represented, examined and mutated. The artists presented their work through video, photography, performance, installation, film, and sculptures from cement and plaster.

Exhibition Medium: figure. © Prague City Gallery
Exhibition Medium: figure. © Prague City Gallery

The sculpture me, you, he, she, it, we, you, they is nearly two metres tall and was created from heavy gray cement. It portrays two anonymous infinitely connected figures on a high patterned pedestal. The figures are dressed in sweaters “sewn” from gold and silver silicon. The faces on bare heads are covered in digital print and their faces are only minimally marked. The work was first shown last winter at the ProLuka outdoor gallery in Prague’s Vršovice neighbourhood.

Slovak artist Anna Hulačová studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and her work adds life to a more traditional concept of sculpture. In 2016 she became the youngest laureate of the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize, and only its second woman winner, after Eva Koťátková (represented both in the Medium: figure exhibition and in the Kunsthalle Praha collection). Aside from the statue me, you, he, she, it, we, you, they, there are three more slightly surrealist statues by Hulačová in the exhibition.


The exhibition is accompanied by the story of an abandoned girl made of plaster, who affixes gallery descriptions or looks through the window until she falls asleep from exhaustion. She’s one of the manifestations of gallery work in the set of statues titled Girl with Pigeon (2015) by the exhibition’s architect, Dominik Lanek. © GHMP
© GHMP
Every day a one-year old boy learns to walk with his mother in the rooms of the exhibition as a performance organised by Roman Ondak Teaching to Walk (2002). © GHMP
© GHMP