ALIONA SOLOMADINA: LIGHTNESS
As part of its Facade Project series, Kunsthalle Praha presents a textual artwork by graphic designer Aliona Solomadina from Kiev. Her large-format light installation Lehkost [Lightness] can be seen on the façade of what was formerly Prague's Zenger electrical substation. In the work, Solomadina alludes to both the brutalist architecture of Karel Prager and Milan Kundera's famous novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
Trained as a graphic designer, Aliona Solomadina works at the intersection between typography and conceptual art. One of her key sources of inspiration is architecture. In her native Kiev, she started developing the City of Forms project, which consists on investigating the city's architecture and urban life in a variety of ways: guided by Google Maps, taking notes, making photography. She examines every detail, every element carefully, and lets herself moved by her surroundings. This is how she captures shapes and then interprets and converts them into letterforms.
“I consider my graphic work for the façade of the Kunshalle Praha building as a city sign. It includes all the basic elements of one: light, colour and a message. As for light, it’s important for the city communications with its magic impact. I chose three basic colours (red, green and yellow) corresponding to the city transport – especially the metro lines. And the message appeared in my mind as a response to my productive search for letterforms during my exploration of the city. The word ‘Lehkost’ (Lightness) reflects my feelings and mood; it is a laconic intervention in the urban environment which encourages a search for personal routes (meanings), rhythms, tempos, and movement.”
FEBRUARY - SEPTEMBER 2019
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 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.
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 will present 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.
Now you can see their 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 will be accompanied by a lecture from architecture historian Vendula Hnídková.
CREATING A PROGRAMME MEANS BRINGING THE WORK OF ARTISTS TO THE PUBLIC, TELLING STORIES, SHARING IDEAS AND EMOTIONS AND AROUSING CURIOSITY.
We are preparing a varied programme of exhibitions, educational and cultural activities and social events for Kunsthalle Praha visitors. Through its programme Kunsthalle Praha encourages interactions, facilitates encounters and collaborations between all players of the local and international art scene. Kunsthalle Praha‘s exhibitions programme is based on an ongoing dialogue with artists, curators, art historians, collectors and many art organizations around the world.
We aim to connect contemporary art with its recent past and to provide it with an international context. Our programme will focus on a strong commitment to established and emerging artists and reflect the important social issues of our time in a topical and dynamic manner.
The Kunsthalle Praha programme will embrace a variety of disciplines and media, from traditional forms to installation, performance and multimedia projects. Two or three major retrospectives, thematic or historical exhibitions and several smaller exhibitions focused on the contemporary scene will be presented every year on 3 floors of gallery space.
We believe that delivering new insights is possible only on the basis of high quality research projects and curatorial work which Kunsthalle Praha is already undertaking in cooperation with Czech and international institutions, scholars, artists and interdisciplinary experts.
EDUCATIONAL AND ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMMES
Kunsthalle Praha will offer both educational programmes to enhance upcoming exhibitions as well as independent workshops and long-term programmes. Visitors can expect special events, performances, art talks and concerts. Our goal will be to reach different age and interest groups - schools, families, students, adults and seniors.