Jindřich Chalupecký Award 1998

In 1998, a jury of Czech visual artists and theorists nominated a single artist for the 9th edition of the leading Czech award for visual artists under 35. His art was strongly influenced by his hometown Ústí nad Labem. His work was exhibited at Václav Špála Gallery in Prague.


In 1998, Jiří Černický was the finalist of the 9th edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award. He had already been nominated for the award in the past edition.

Award Holder

Jindřich Chalupecký Award 1998 went to Jiří Černický. His work is driven by his interest in non-European civilizations and the life of natural peoples. “The artist manipulates popular phenomena (aesthetics, pop culture, fashion), myths (updating them in his own peculiar way) and societal issues (drugs, civilization pitfalls). His approach combines insight, irony, humor and genuine feeling. Černický claims that he does everything without compromise and without illusions of immortality. Although his work may seem deliberately provocative at times, it has its hidden meaning and precise rules,” Lenka Lindaurová wrote for Týden in 1998. The award holder received CZK 100.000 for an exhibition, publication or a creative project of his choice and an international residency.


The Head of the Jury of the 9th edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award was visual artist František Skála. The jury further included philosopher and art theorist Karel Císař, sculptor and action artist Hugo Demartini, sculptor and graphic artist Josef Hampl, painter, sculptor and action artist Olaf Hanel, art historian Ludvík Hlaváček, visual artist and curator Petr Pavlík, journalist and art theorist Tomáš Pospiszyl, painter and draftsman Michael Rittstein, and art historian and curator Naďa Řeháková.


The exhibition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 1998 featuring the work of Jiří Černický was held June 1 to 25, 1999 at Václav Špála Gallery in Prague.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony of the 9th edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award was held at the Prague Castle in 1998. As President Václav Havel could not attend the ceremony due to health issues, the award was presented by Jiří Ševlík from Jindřich Chalupecký Society.