Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2020 Exhibition – POSTPONED

Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2020 Exhibition – POSTPONED

Dear visitors,

the exhibition is now open, however, due to the latest government measures the number of visitors in  the gallery is restricted. Please follow the website of PLATO Ostrava gallery for latest visitor information.

Thank you for your understanding
Jindřich Chalupecký Society and PLATO Ostrava

Five finalists from the ranks of visual artists up to the age of 35 were selected by an international jury for the 31st edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2020. They include Jakub Choma, artistic duo Anna Slama & Marek Delong, Marie Tučková, Jiří Žák and The Work Group for the Research of Extrasensory Aesthetics including Jan Kolský, Vojtěch Märc, Matěj Pavlík and Peter Sit. Artist Alma Lily Rayner, originally selected for the past edition, joins this year’s edition as well. The collective exhibition of the finalists and the exhibition of the international guest artists will be held at Ostrava’s PLATO gallery for the first time in the Award’s history.

The jury examined over 80 portfolios sent in by artists from the Czech art scene. The final selection represents a broad variety of media and theoretical approaches ranging from material approaches to sculpture, object, drawing and painting through multimedia installations to social engagement and theoretical-scientific research practice.

“The criteria the jury had in mind when selecting this year’s finalists included originality, consistency and high quality as well as aspects of social sensitivity. We are happy to welcome artists who trust methods of artistic research and combine visual arts with scientific and philosophical disciplines,” says the jury statement among other things.


Exhibition opening schedule:
6 pm Opening of the exhibition
Performance by Jakub Choma within the art project Gears of Life
7 pm Public reading within the art project of Alma Lily Rayner Survival Manual
In the performance each participant offers a piece of themselves. Each came to read a text meaningful for their existence. Some wrote their own words and some borrowed from the words of others. All are here to transform silence into collective action.
Participants: Andrea Tobolová, Katarina Slezakova (reading Jaye Johnson Thiel), Mirka Slívová, Jakub Černý (reading John Donne), Magdalena Šipka, Elena Gorolová, Martin Novák (reading Donnard White), Alex Sihelská, Radek Šabacký (reading Bell Hooks), Ladislav Fabian, Tess (reading Václav Hrabě), Anastázie Klemensová, Zuzana Fialová, Alex Vonsík and Alma Lily Rayner (reading Audre Lorde)

Exhibition programme:
6.10. at 4.30 pm: Jindřich Chalupecký forever! Presentation.
14.11.2020 at 5 pm: Guided tours
(babysitting for children, 5+ years, 2–6 pm, interpreting into Czech sign language)
7.–8.11.2020: Project of the finalist Alma Lily Rayner
4.–5.12.2020: Jury Weekend, 2-day symposium, music and performance program
20.10–29.1.2021: Programmes for elementary and high schools

The exhibition is held with financial support of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Hall and J&T Bank.

Partners of the JCHA 2020 Exhibition: Cyrkl, Graffneck, Jami s. r. o., Zlatá loď, Z pokoje do pokoje

Special Partners of the exhibition by Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz: Czech-German Future Fund, ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

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