Discover the 2017 Pilsen ‘Landscape Festival’ on it’s fifth anniversary

August 2, 2017

This yearly event, taking place from May to September, focuses on the many possibilities of the perception of our surroundings from an architectural approach. Exhibitions and site-specific installations set up a background for public dialog regarding landscape and architecture both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

 

OTTOTTO, workshop parallel path  © Matej Vesely

OTTOTTO, workshop parallel path  © Matej Vesely

 

From May to September, the landscape and public space of this West Bohemian metropolis will be the platform for a public dialogue on the possibilities of the perception of our surroundings. Once again, the Festival will present many inspiring exhibitions with examples of high-quality Czech as well as foreign landscape creations.

However, it is especially the site-specific installations by Czech and foreign artists and architects, which trigger a discussion on the future development and work potential in a modern and well-functioning city. In addition, debates, lectures, conferences and workshops on Festival themes will be held within the accompanying programme. (more…)

Learn all about BigMat’17 shortlisted projects for this year’s Architecture Award

July 27, 2017

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award, 87 were shortlisted to participate in the online voting for the Public Prize. Learn more about the selected projects below!

 

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

BigMat International Architecture Award 2017 meeting room © photo: Pablo Tribello

 

Out of a total of almost nine hundred projects presented across the seven European countries taking part in the Award (Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Portugal), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer de Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, singled out 87  projects to be shortlisted.  (more…)

“Rental Housing, forgotten segment of Czech architecture” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

June 1, 2017

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects as well as foreign architecture offices such as BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV…

 

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

BIG, VIA 57 WEST © Iwan Baan

 

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery presents its most recent exhibition dedicated to rental housing. Following a change in the Czech real-estate market, where rented apartments seem to have risen after years of decline, the exhibition picks out some of the most interesting examples within the Czech Republic and aborad to highlight the possibilities of this housing type in contemporary architecture.

The exhibition displays the work of almost 40 architectural practices, comprising some of the most interesting Czech architects  as well as foreign architecture offices such as  BIG, Lacaton & Vassal, Masion Eduard François, MVRDV… (more…)

“Smiljan Radić: Bestiary” at House of Art of České Budějovice

May 22, 2017

House of Art of České Budějovice presents “Smiljan Radić: BESTIARY”, a solo exhibition of the architect who runs a uniquely creative practice in Chile’s capital city of Santiago. BESTIARY will present modern-day bestiaries imagined by Radić through a presentation of 20 models symbolizing various imaginary creatures

 

"Smiljan Radic. Bestiary"   exhibition view © Michal Skoda

“Smiljan Radic. Bestiary” exhibition view © Michal Skoda

 

We are honored to be the first gallery in the Czech Republic to present the work of a greatly respected representative of contemporary world architecture, Smiljan Radic from Santiago de Chile. Radic has gained increased attention thanks to his unusual approach to architecture and his distinct creative perspective. His unique designs set him apart not only in his home country, but also on the international architectural scene in general. The exhibition is curated by Michal Škoda. (more…)

“Architecture of the VII Day” Poland of the 1980s as a Laboratory for Community Architecture

April 18, 2017

Architecture of the VII Day at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art reveals the history of churches built in Poland between the years 1945 and 1989 even despite the Communist state’s antipathy to religion. Using waste and illegally obtained materials, parishioners built over 3700 churches that became not only a manifestation of faith, but also a protest against the government.

 

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

 

The exhibition features photographs, diagrams, maps, and short narratives directly from church construction sites. Since the end of World War II, 3,780 churches were built in Poland, more than in any other European country. Most of them were built during the 1980s, a time when church construction was neither permitted nor prohibited, and thus played a significant role in the politics of the Cold War. (more…)

“Plečnik’s Ljubljana” visiting exhibition at COAM Madrid

March 31, 2017

The so-called “Plečnik Year” 2017 starts off with “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, an exhibition in Madrid showing the architect’s unique works in Prague, Vienna and Ljubljana. The exhibition will travel across various European cities, among which will also be the Czech capital in September, during the “Days of Ljubljana” in Prague.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Part of the exterior of the Churc of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Prague, 1928-1932.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Part of the exterior of the Churc of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Prague, 1928-1932.

The exhibition Plečnik’s Ljubljana is a collaboration between the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML) and the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), created by an initiative of the Slovenian Ministry of Culture. Part of the Plečnik Year 2017, the exhibition will present the maestro’s architecture across European cities. Its first stop, from 7 March to 27 April, is the Spanish capital of Madrid.

 

Practical information

“Plečnik’s Ljubljana”
March 7 – April 27. 2017
LaSede COAM, First Floor
C/ Hortaleza 63,
28004 Madrid

 


For the commemoration of the Plečnik Year 2017 the Embassy of Slovenia in Madrid, in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Austrian Cultural Forum and the Czech Cultural Centre, is opening the exhibition Plečnik (1872–1957): Architect of Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna. The exhibition, which presents the masterful works of Plečnik in Ljubljana, Prague and Vienna, is on view between 7 March and 27 April at the architectural college of Madrid (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid, COAM, C/ Hortaleza 63, Madrid). Its curators Natalija Lapajne, MAO, and Ana Porok, MGML, prepared a well-rounded presentation of Plečnik’s Ljubljana.
Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Three bridges.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Three bridges.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church of St Michael in Crna Vas, Ljubljana, 1937-1938.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church of St Michael in Crna Vas, Ljubljana, 1937-1938.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Curators Ana Porok and Natalija Lapajne wrote in the exhibition’s introduction:
In 2017 we are celebrating the Plečnik year to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the birth and the 60th anniversary of the death of the architect Jože Plečnik. However, our recognition and valuation of his creations is not limited solely to a moment in time and space because his work touches the very universality and timelessness recognisable to all attentive observers. Characterized by the remains of the Roman period and particularly by Baroque style architecture, Ljubljana received its first modern urban plan, a work of Plečnik’s contemporary Max Fabiani, after the earthquake of 1895. From being a sleepy provincial town, it transformed into a modern Art-Noveau-style capital displaying new aesthetic ideals. It took Plečnik nearly three decades to put his vision of Ljubljana into reality. Faced with an already built up space, he redesigned and upgraded it, and between 1921 and 1957 he filled its city grid with a number of impressive buildings.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) . Obelisk on the moravian Bastion, Prague castle, 1922-1923

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) . Obelisk on the moravian Bastion, Prague castle, 1922-1923

 

The National and University Library, the Garden of All Saints – Žale, the St. Francis Church in Šiška, and the Ljubljanica bridges are some of his most important interventions within the city. The land axis leading from his house in Trnovo to the Congress Square and the Zvezda Park in the city center represents the city’s cultural avenue. The water axis comprises the arrangement of the Ljubljanica basin, starting with the Trnovski pristan embankment, continuing with the Ljubljanica embankments in the city centre, the Cobbler’s Bridge, the Triple Bridge and Central marketplace, and ending with the sluices. With his arrangement of the embankments and bridges, placing of trees and other vegetation, which he understood as a means of architecture, Plečnik infused Ljubljana with a Mediterranean spirit. His third city axis connects the Jakopič Promenade in Tivoli Park with the Ljubljana Castle on the hill. A special and sacred place is the Garden of All Saints, part of the Žale Cemetary where Plečnik, with extraordinary sensibility and veneration, honoured the citizens of Ljubljana. The architect has transformed the capital so much that we now see it as “Plečnik’s Ljubljana”, a singular urban phenomenon and a comprehensive artwork of the 20th century.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). The Parliament of slovenia, model, 1949.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). The Parliament of slovenia, model, 1949.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Staircase of the Langer Apartment House in Vienna, 1901-1902.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Staircase of the Langer Apartment House in Vienna, 1901-1902.

 

Simultaneously with the Slovenian capital Plečnik also worked in Prague, where he made interventions in parts of the Prague Castle for the then president Masaryk and built the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, works which inspired many Czech architects. Numerous ideas were born, reciprocally multiplied, diversified and realised in one of the capitals. A joint effort of Slovenia and the Czech Republic for the international renown of the architect is now focused in the nomination project for the inscription of his works on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church os st Francis in Ljubljana, 1925-1927.

Jože Plečnik (1872-1957). Church os st Francis in Ljubljana, 1925-1927.

 

Independent from contemporary architectural styles of the early 20th century, especially of the reigning modernism, Plečnik was able to develop his unique architectural language. His unique approach to the reinterpretation of architectural heritage and an extraordinarily rich symbolism contain elements of timeless architecture. With his approach he upgraded and reinterpreted space, while he modernised it and looked for new usages of its traditional function. His architecture offers universal solutions for key questions in different generations, which makes his works perennial.


 

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“Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop” at The National Gallery in Prague

March 29, 2017

This unique project of the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson will be presented in Prague for the first time. Creator of monumental installations in London’s Tate Modern and in the Museum of Vienna, he works with light and tries to attract our attention to the migration crisis and the unstable situation in some countries today.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

The National Gallery in Prague will present Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop as part of its GRAND OPENING program. The presentation will consist of a small-scale iteration of the artistic workshop that took place at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna, and will be led by former Green light participants. If we imagine the green light as a metaphor of the hand we give to immigrants, we can start the process of the worlds Transformation. The exhibition will have a form of little manufacture where it will be possible to buy the lights to support the platform Green Light- Shared Learning.


 

Practical information

“Olafur Eliasson: Green light – An artistic workshop”
March 17 – April 4, 2017
The National Gallery, Veletržní palác
Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague
Czech Republic

 


Initiated by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Vienna, Austria, Green light – An artistic workshop responds to a situation of social transformation, displacement, and migration.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

Through the communal fabrication of Green light lamps and an educational program based on shared learning principles, the project constitutes a dynamic space that elicits various forms of participation and engagement. Conceived by Eliasson as a metaphorical green light for refugees and migrants, Green light testifies to the agency of contemporary art and its potential to initiate processes of civic transformation.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of the cities receiving them. Working together in a playful creative process, participants build a modular light and construct a communal environment in which difference is not only accepted but embraced. I hope Green light shines light on some of the challenges and responsibilities arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe and throughout the world.”  – Olafur Eliasson

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

 

Both pre-assembled and flat-packed Green light lamps will be available on site for a donation of €300. All proceeds from the project go to supporting the Green light–Shared Learning platform and TBA21’s partner organizations Red Cross Vienna, Caritas and Georg Danzer Haus in Vienna, Austria. Venue: Mezzanine above NG Bookshop – Koenig Books.

 

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

"Green light An artistic workshop" at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson

“Green light An artistic workshop” at National Gallery in Prague © Olafur Eliasson


 

News source: National Gallery Prague
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“The Gulliver Airship” at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Prague

March 11, 2017

The exhibition describes the conceptual side of the creation of the airship, its inspirations, technical design, and its construction. This permanent monumental architectural intervention in the shape of an airship was inspired by the idea to invade the DOX Centre’s modern industrial building with a “parasitic“ structure that would contrast with its existing architecture.

 

"The Gulliver Airship" © DOX Centre

“The Gulliver Airship” © DOX Centre

 

In 2013 the DOX Centre’s director, Leoš Válka, contacted internationally acclaimed architect Martin Rajniš, the 2014 winner of the Global Prize for Sustainable Architecture. For more than two years together with wood and steel specialists they worked on the design of what finally turned out to be a 42m long and 10m wide structure inspired by the shapes of the giant airships that began to cruise the skies at the dawn of the twentieth century. (more…)

“Kengo Kuma: Woven” at Galerie Architektury Brno

January 18, 2017

The exhibition presents fifteen of the Japanese architect’s recent projects in Europe, focusing on his sensitive approach to the combination of modern technologies with traditional Japanese building materials.

 

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

Yushuhara Wooden Bridge Museum 3, 2010 © Takumi Ota

 

The exhibition, named “Woven” will be open from October 6 to November 20 at Galerie Architektury Brno. On display will be many panels and studio models of over 15 recent projects from Kuma’s office (such as the new FRAC Marseille, an educational and sports complex in Paris, a Centre for Performing Arts in Granada or a exhibition centre in Chartes).

(more…)

“Architecture and Wine in Central Europe” exhibition at Gallery of Architecture in Brno

July 20, 2016

The phenomenon of recent years in the world of winemaking – linking contemporary architecture with new technologies – is represented in the new exhibition in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery entitled “Architecture and Wine in Central Europe”.

 

Winery Brič, Slovinsko © A & I Photography

Winery Brič, Slovinsko © A & I Photography

 

The exhibition presents nearly forty realisations of Winery Architecture in seven countries and is accompanied by a 200-page publication. The project is open in Brno until 11th September after first venue at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague and several venues around cities of Central Europe (Wroclaw, Budapest, Merano, Bratislava and Znojmo). (more…)