The National Gallery starts its 2020 season with names such as Kurt Gebauer, Stanislav Kolibal and Edgar Allan Poe.
Additionally, a special exhibit named ‘No Demolitions! Forms of Brutalism in Prague’ presents architecture in Czechoslovakia throughout the 1960s till 1980s which were both glorified and deplored. “Buildings influenced by brutalism in Prague are unique architecture, cutting-edge technical and artistic works. The exhibition wants to present these qualities to the general public, to uncover the ideological deposition of the times and to point out their poor condition or potentially endangered existence,” says the curator of the exhibition Helena Doudová.
Visitors can see Prague buildings that were influenced by brutalism and progressive influences from the forbidden but inspiring West. Represented are objects such as OD Kotva, the former Central Telecommunication Building in Žižkov (currently intended for demolition), the building of the former Federal Assembly, the Intercontinental Hotel, the Barrandov Bridge and the recently demolished Transgasu. building complex. Unique video The exhibit is currently arousing the enthusiasm of architects and the appreciation of experts, as well as strong emotions among the general public.
Everybody knows the heart-shaped monument, by artist Kurt Gebauer, as a homage to Vaclav Havel. The last six decades he has cultivated and occupied public spaces. His concept of live figuration often confused the political censors of the previous communist regime but also the art scene itself. His meticulous studies into the lived reality of the human body, a celebration of joyous life and nature, other times a brutal indictment of social absurdity, grotesque, ironic and poetically sad way, rank him among the great figures of the Czech 20th century.
Stanislav Kolíbal, a no less resonant personality, who has influenced and still affects public space for many years, a Czech sculptor and artist who is one of the leading representatives of Czech minimalism and abstract geometric art. The exhibition Echoes of the Venice Biennial, which was first introduced under the name of Former Uncertain Tušená at the Czech and Slovak Pavilions at the 58th International Biennale in Venice in May 2019.
The Dream in a Dream exhibition focuses on the reflections of the work of the American writer, poet and theorist Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) in fine art in the Czech lands. The main contributor is the poet Charles Baudelaire, the translator of his work into French. His poems and short stories were inspired the painter František Kupka and many others such as the contemporary artists, painter and graphic artist František Štorm.
All four exhibits are open to the public as of the 6th of March at the Veletržní Palace
The National Gallery Prague has prepared a number of accompanying programs for the exhibition complex: discussions, guided tours and workshops, the complete list of which is available at www.ngprague.cz