Exhibition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2018
The performative action Delicate Instruments of Engagement will be held daily from 2 to 6 pm between November 14 and 25, 2018.
The award ceremony of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2018 will be held on December 17, 2018 at the Theater Hall of Studio Hrdinů at the Trade Fair Palace.
Alžběta Bačíková, Lukáš Hofmann, Tomáš Kajánek, Kateřina Olivová and Adéla Součková; these are the finalists of the 29th edition of Czech Republic’s most prestigious award for exceptionally remarkable work in the field of visual arts for artists up to the age of 35. Their artistic positions and approaches are truly diverse, straddled between explicitly engaged and self-critical gesture, ranging from the endeavor to consider and involve specific audience groups to intimate and atmospheric situations and actions. They share an intensive interest in very particular aspects of the present, such as human relations, creating collective consciousness and making not only a rational but also a strongly emotional impact on the viewers/participants. They are not afraid to be provocative on various levels and to push the traditional limits of the exhibition.
The international guest of this year’s Jindřich Chalupecký Award is Romanian artist and choreographer Alexandra Pirici who seized international attention in 2013 when she represented Romania together with Manuel Pelmuş at the Romanian national pavilion at the Venice Biennale. It will be for the first time that Pirici presents her work to Czech audiences, introducing her project Delicate Instruments of Engagement. Through the bodies of performers, a series of several dozen historical moments and cultural allusions will become present in the gallery, ranging from a song by Céline Dion through a Coca-Cola commercial to similar speeches by the first ladies of the US Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. For the Prague version, Pirici added two new situations to the project: Dubček’s speech upon his return from Moscow in August 1968 and East-West, the winning work of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2013 by Dominik Lang.
Co-organizers: National Gallery Prague and The Romanian Cultural Institute in Prague
Main Partners: Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, J&T Bank
Main Media Partner: Czech Television
Partners: The Moravian Gallery in Brno, Center and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Prague, Brno City Municipality, State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic, Czech Centers, Prague 7, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Residency Unlimited, Czech-German Future Fund, Arts and Theatre Institute, MeetFactory, Stuchlíková & Partners, Fair Art
Media Partners: Art+Antiques, Artyčok.tv, ArtMap, Artalk.cz, Art Viewer, A2, GoOut, Radio Wave, Rail Reklam, Prague Public Transport Company
Special Partners: Extended, Café Jedna, BIOFILMS, Lasvit Ajeto, Makak Climbing, s.r.o., The City of Prague Museum, Prague City Gallery
The exhibition is held with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, Prague 7 and J&T Bank.
Specal Partners: Baumit, BIOFILMS, Cafe Jedna, Den Braven, Divý tvor, Extended, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, galerie sam83, Go360, Lasvit Ajeto, Makak Climbing, s.r.o, Muzeum hlavního města Prahy, TM Sklo s.r.o.,Tonstav Service, Vantage, Výstaviště Praha, a. s., Weber Saint-Gobain, Zlatá loď