The third year of the interdisciplinary festival tries to present the public space and landscape using the media, photography, design and contemporary art. The Czech public has a great interest in the quality of public space, which is an important factor in the development of society. The proof is in attendance of the last year’s festival in 2014, which reached almost 30 000 visitors in three months. A very important factor was the participation of both professional architects and artists, and the involvement of many volunteers, NGOs and students who participated in the multi-layered structure of the program. This year the festival will be held in three locations – Prague 1, Prague 3 and Prague 6.
A very important aspect is the co-operation and co-realisation on the part of several subjects from various disciplines – both artistic and social. The goal of this interdisciplinary dialogue should be primarily to meet and debate on how to creatively grasp the transformation of public space in the country at this time, and to enable its broader application within the urban development in towns and villages.
Important partners are leading educational institutions – Faculty of Architecture, VUT, Mendel University in Brno and the Czech Agricultural University in Prague.
The CZECHSCAPE exhibition deals with the increasingly discussed theme of landscape architecture. This showcase of Czech creations, with generous overlap into other related disciplines, deliberately exceeds the borders of conventional understanding of the field. Issues are approached in a very complex way: a combination of landscaping itself, gardening, the urban environment, architecture and interventions in public spaces.
The exhibition and accompanying comprehensive Czech-English publication will acquaint visitors and readers with 70 implementations in 7 chapters. Projects of architects as well as artists working in the ’60s form the introductory section. Subsequent chapters focus primarily on contemporary creations. The public will therefore have the opportunity of learning about well-known projects, as well as those almost forgotten, unpublicised and previously inaccessible private projects.
The project is organised by the Jaroslav Franger Gallery that is a rare example of Czech galleries focused on contemporary architecture and history of urbanism. Young studios from abroad frequently exhibit there (BIG, Querkraft, FOA, Jürgen H.Mayer, Riedijk Neutelings, MVRDV, Mitchell Joachim, René van Zuuk, Bartlett School etc.). Each year a progressive Czech studio is presented here (Projektil, Kamil Mrva, Aulík Fišer architekti, DAM, Zdeněk Fránek, NEW WORK etc.) or an eminent personality of Czech architecture (Věra a Vladimír Machoninovi, Miroslav Baše, Martin Rajniš, Emil Králíček, Martin Roubík etc.). The Jaroslav Franger Gallery also opens authorial thematic exhibitions of Czech architecture (cubism, economic architecture, post-communistic Prague, young generation, social inclusion in European architecture). In recent years there are also examples of Czech creation abroad to be found (Europe, Japan, USA).
09/06/15 – 20/09/15
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
Betlémské náměstí 5a
110 00 Praha
tuesday – sunday: 11am – 7pm
tickets 40 / 20 CZK
News source and text by: Landscape Festival Praha 2015