The exhibition program of Jindřich Chalupecký Society focuses on post-revolutionary and contemporary Czech art and its interconnection with the international art scene. Since the Society does not have its own exhibition space, our exhibitions are held at partner institutions in the Czech Republic and internationally. We cooperate with independent spaces and museum institutions, the individual projects are always conceived in close cooperation with the exhibiting artists and tailored to the environment in which they are presented. The concept of the exhibitions is curated by the team of Jindřich Chalupecký Society; we also invite visiting curators for selected projects. The exhibition program of the Society aims to support Czech art, improve its visibility and reflect on the themes by which the contemporary art scene responds to the social, political, environmental, psychological and aesthetic challenges of the world we live in.
Solo and Collective Exhibitions of Czech Artists in International Context
Jindřich Chalupecký Society prepares collective exhibition projects and solo exhibitions held in local and international context. We strive for a long-term curatorial work with a wide range of artists active on the Czech art scene and their dialog with international artists. The database of artists who have become Jindřich Chalupecký Award finalists or holders since 1990 is one of the fields to be explored by the upcoming projects, however, we also present other artists and current tendencies within the contemporary discourse to contemporary audiences.
Jindřich Chalupecký Award Holders
Since its founding in 1990, Jindřich Chalupecký Society has organized solo exhibitions of Jindřich Chalupecký Award holders that were traditionally held at Václav Špála Gallery in Prague and later at other partner institutions such as the National Gallery in Prague. Currently, Jindřich Chalupecký Society cooperates with the award holders primarily on a solo exhibition at an international institution whose program focus converges with the work of the artist. However, with respect to the Society’s general focus on the current tendencies in contemporary art, the result does not have to be a traditional exhibition. It can be a specific performative, research, inter-genre or engaged project, publication or artist book.
Jindřich Chalupecký Finalists
The group exhibition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award finalists was first held in 1997 at the Old Royal Palace at the Prague Castle. In the late 1990s, the final exhibitions moved to the Trade Fair Palace of the National Gallery in Prague and later travelled to other Czech institutions such as the Brno House of Arts, the Futura Center for Contemporary Art and the DOX Center for Contemporary Art before returning to the Trade Fair Palace in 2013. In 2015, the tradition of taking turns between Brno and Praha was launched, with the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the National Gallery in Prague as the exhibition venues. Currently, the exhibitions of the finalists of Jindřich Chalupecký Award are conceived not as juxtapositions of five individual, “competing” approaches but rather as a space for an experimental presentation of an expert selection of five remarkable young artists who can freely approach innovative exhibition formats and mutual cooperation, invite other exhibition guests etc. Our goal is to give the finalists as much time, space, conceptual, material and production background for the creation and generous presentation of their new projects as possible and to accentuate the exhibition as a whole in which the individual approaches can merge and complement each other with unexpected contexts.
In 2016, Jindřich Chalupecký Society launched a new tradition of international guests of the exhibition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award finalists. Within this program line, we invite established artists who introduce an independent project or intervention in parallel with the Award exhibition. The selection of guests focuses on mid-generation artists, whose activities on the international scene are not yet a matter of decades. However, they are artists who are in a way referential for the Czech context, who influence or inspire the young generation, or who constitute an interesting antipole to the approaches of local artists.
Experimental Exhibitions in Prague and Brno
Since the Jindřich Chalupecký Award exhibition is taking turns between Prague and Brno and since we have long strived to reflect on the position of the Award and to adapt it to the current transformation of artistic operation, we decided to organize an alternative, experimental exhibition or project which loosely continues the current edition. In September 2017, when the Jindřich Chalupecký Award exhibition was held at the Moravian Gallery in Brno, we held a parallel project called Ripple Effect at the Futura Center for Contemporary Art in Prague. Besides three established international artists, the exhibition introduced a selection of the works by young artists who applied for the Award Final in 2017, and represented a curatorial speculation on the themes of exhibition, play and its rules in the context of the art world. In the fall of 2018, we will present a solo exhibition in collaboration with TIC Galleries which will be based on a curatorial selection of the works made by the holders of the Audience Award; which is awarded since 2010 along with the Jindřich Chalupecký Award but still remains a “grey eminence” of its kind.