The bold architectural visions of Czech and Slovak authors over the last hundred years and the realized constructions in which some of them have been shown show an exhibition in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery. It consists mainly of models of significant Czech and Slovak architectural works, which are confronted by projections with unrealized architectural visions. Visitors will see the swimming pool in Podolí, the Thermal Hotel in Karlovy Vary, the well-known Gočár competition proposal for the Old Town Hall, but also Heliopolis, the courageous project of the Olympic city for the High Tatras from the Slovak group VAL.
“Visions and applications in Czech and Slovak Architecture. 1918–2018”
June 29 ‑ September 2, 2018
Jaroslava Fragnera Gallery
Betlémské nám. 169/5a, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město
The exhibition of Vision and Reality in Czech and Slovak Architecture 1918 – 2018 was created in cooperation with faculties of architecture of the Czech University of Technology and Slovak Technical University. It will be in Prague until September 2, after that visitors will see it at the Design factory in Bratislava.
One of the curators of the exhibition, Matúš Dulla, reminds us that Czech and Slovak architecture were very close to most of the last century. “Even before the conversion there was the Slovak Jurkovič, who was allowed by the first eagle years of Moravian Pustevny or Luhačovice, or Gočár with Slovak roots.In Slovakia until the middle of the 20th century there was a plethora of Czech and Slovak architects who trained the Brno or Prague architectural schools. then it was not in Slovakia, “he said.
Both Czechs and Slovaks often complain painfully about the fate of fate and the fact that big visions and bold projects are just beyond the borders. The exhibition could prove that even the Czechoslovak architects did not lack the wings that besides the pragmatic builders in the country were dreamers and that some of the ideal ideas were still projected into real objects.
The models of buildings that were built were created by students of architecture at both of these schools. Some of them try to faithfully imitate real buildings, such as the monument of the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica, others uncover a specific moment of work, as in two variants of one villa in Liptovský Mikuláš from two architects. The seemingly archaic approach to computer 3D visualizations, virtual reality, and home-based thinking with 3D printers is complemented by projections of visionary projects of various kinds, which Dulla said was “blessed for the Czech-Slovak centuries”.