An open series of public programs most often held in collaboration with international guests.
Seen from a broader perspective, we perceive Jindřich Chalupecký Society as a platform enabling people to develop critical reflection, broaden their horizons, initiate self-reflection, disturb rooted stereotypes and historical frameworks, and educate. We want to accomplish this mission through a wide range of smaller and bigger events we call Café Chalupecký. In the future, the building of the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts Prague, which also houses Jindřich Chalupecký Society, will be home to a real café and space for meetings and debates.
We invite primarily international curators, theorists and artists to work with the database of artists who went through the Award, the document archive of Jindřich Chalupecký Society (which we do not see as an only source but rather as a clue to other artists and contexts) and create their own interpretations and narratives in relation to Czech art of the present and the recent past. These individual research activities can result in a lecture, authorial reading, small exhibition, film screening or another one-time presentation format for the public. Café Chalupecký further includes debates with personalities from the Czech art scene and events related to Jindřich Chalupecký.
Another, yet no less important level of Café Chalupecký is that of enabling international guests to learn more about the local scene through encounters with artists and curators and visits to galleries and to establish contacts which they will be able to develop in the future.
“As an example of how networking at Café Chalupecký can bear its fruits, let me name the considered cooperation between Jonathan Watkins, director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, and artist Kateřina Šedá. Watkins met Šedá during his stay in Brno where he was invited to discuss Ján Mančuška’s exhibition as a former jury member of Jindřich Chalupecký Award. The Guatemalan curator Pablo Ramírez, who visited Prague in the spring of 2017 as a guest of Café Chalupecký, will probably continue this experience by cooperating with Tranzitdisplay Gallery,” says public program curator Tereza Jindrová.