CREATING A NEW
AND INTERNATIONAL ART
CONVERSION OF THE ZENGER 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 a broad public.
16 JUNE 2019
Living Kunsthalle is the first major show organized by Kunsthalle Praha before the opening of its own building in 2021. Conceived as a festive night of encounters, Living Kunsthalle will transform the iconic New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague into a true artistic laboratory. Throughout the night, moving from space to space, the visitors will discover performances, sound sculptures, projections, and experimental works coming to life in every corner of the theatre.
Internationally renowned guest artists, some of whom will perform in the Czech Republic for the first time, include Hicham Berrada (MA/FR), Lina Lapelyte (LT), Haroon Mirza (GB) and Xavier Veilhan (FR). The Czech art scene will be present through Adéla Součková (CZ) and Roman Štětina (CZ), showing works newly commissioned by Kunsthalle Praha.
ADÉLA SOUČKOVÁ: EXIT THE LOOP
The Kunsthalle Praha building is currently undergoing renovation. However, while we prepare the building for opening, we invite you to discover our temporary programme, the Facade Project.
This is a series of site-specific artworks commissioned for this unique public space. The Facade Project refers to the historical plan to place a series of kinetic light sculptures entitled One Hundred Years of Electricity, by sculptor Zdeňek Pešánek, on the facade of the 1930s building by architect Vilém Kvasnička. Pešánek’s original sculptures have today only survived as models.
The new installation by Adéla Součková, which is installed on the building facade, bears the title Exit the Loop. A canvas stretched across the entire surface of the facade is the visual continuation of an original text, which the artist has also had set to music.
16 FEBRUARY – 2 JUNE 2019
FORBIDDEN TOYS ON SHOW AT MONS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Giorgio de Chirico’s Les Jouets Défendus (The Forbidden Toys), a work recently acquired by Kunsthalle Praha and rarely presented outside of the Czech Republic, is on show at the Mons Museum of Fine Arts (BAM) within an exhibition of Belgian Surrealism.
Opening on February 16, 2019, the exhibition Giorgio de Chirico, aux origines du surréalisme belge: Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Jane Graverol aims to show the influence of the Italian master and especially his early metaphysical works on the three Belgian surrealist painters until June 2, 2019.
4 MARCH 2019
LONDON'S DELFINA FOUNDATION TO WELCOME THREE CZECH RESIDENT ARTISTS IN 2019
On March 4 2019, the Delfina Foundation in London welcomed two new residents, curator Tereza Záchová and artist Radek Brousil, who were selected from an open call for Czech artists, curators and theoreticians, launched in December 2018. A third residency will be taken up by Jaro Varga, a Slovak artist and curator, who will join the Foundation in autumn 2019. The residency programme at the Delfina Foundation, running in cooperation with the Czech Centre London, the Arts and Theatre Institute and the Kunsthalle Praha, has this year attracted the highest ever number of applicants. The organisers have received 45 applications, coming also from Czech citizens living abroad and foreign artists living and working in the Czech Republic.
6 JANUARY 2019
OPEN CALL FOR CZECH BASED ARTISTS AND CURATORS
Delfina Foundation is delighted to announce three new open calls for Czech artists and curators in collaboration with Kunsthalle Praha, Arts and Theatre Institute, and Czech Centre London.
The three successful applicants will each be awarded a six-week residency in 2019 – two in winter 2019 (March to April) and one in autumn 2019 (October to November).
In 2019, Delfina Foundation is launching a new thematic programme that crosses art, science and technology. While we strongly encourage applications that engage in these areas, or other themes at Delfina Foundation, Czech artists and curators from any background can apply for these residences, regardless of their interest in science and technology.
The research conducted at DF may develop into larger projects at Kunsthalle Praha.
FROM 8 JUNE TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2018
SITE-SPECIFIC PROJECTS BY ANTONIS PITTAS AND FELD72
AS A PART OF M3 / ART IN SPACE FESTIVAL
The second edition of the m3 / Art in Space festival uses the theme “VICE VERSA: Our Earth Is Their Moon, Our Moon Is Their Earth” to explore a variety of issues relating to Prague 1. The façade of the future Kunsthalle Praha building at Klárov has become a platform for the work of the Greek artist Antonis Pittas.
Kunsthalle Praha became the general partner of the m3 / Art in Space festival particularly due to their joint effort to make art accessible to the general public. This year’s focus of the festival on Prague 1 also includes the location of the future Kunsthalle Praha building, which will be created from the former Zenger transformer substation at Klárov. The Greek artist Antonis Pittas has selected the façade of this building for his textual artwork I Will Close My Eyes and Put My Finger on the Map (2018). Meanwhile, across the street in the park under the Old Castle Stairs, the Viennese architectural studio feld72 presents its proposals for redeveloping this unheeded public space.
30 SEPTEMBER 2017
TRANSFORMACE – PEŠÁNEK / DÍAZ
As a part of the Architecture Day programme, we presented the history of the former Zenger transformer substation and the story of the kinetic sculptures that were meant to decorate its facade.
Did you know that light-kinetic sculptures by the famous sculptor Zdeněk Pešánek were intended to decorate the facade of the building’s classic modern architecture? Although they were awarded a medal at the international exhibition of art and technology in Paris in 1937 they were never installed on the building, and the objects themselves were not preserved.
Through the project TransFormace the sculptures were finally installed in virtual form projected on the building; the artistic and technological preparation was undertaken by contemporary multimedia artist Federico Diaz, who prepared the project based on models of the statues stored at the National Gallery in Prague. The project was accompanied by a lecture from architecture historian Vendula Hnídková.
He is in charge of the reconstruction of the former Zenger Transformer Substation, the future site of Kunsthalle Praha.
"The fact I wasn't in contact with certain artistic international trends meant that I created my own personal parallel," recalls sculptor Stanislav Kolíbal.
He is the director of Delfina Foundation and in 2021 will be on the jury of Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize.
"Any lie in art is counterproductive," says artist František Skála at the beginning of the first episode of the new documentary series Art in Isolation.