Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2021

The international jury assessed almost 90 portfolios presenting the work of artists working on the contemporary Czech art scene.“We appreciated the quality and diversity of the submitted portfolios and their range in terms of geography, gender and identity. We noted with approval the way artistic and activist positions were combined. We also noticed a visible turn towards diverse forms of collaboration across the art scene. Many of the artists were addressing highly relevant questions of reframing gender or national identities, feminist and queer positions, questioning the late capitalist status quo. Various artworks were also sensitive to environmental concerns and showed understanding of the necessity of finding a balance in precarious ecosystems, observing them from a holistic perspective beyond the dichotomy of the living and the object, human and non-human,” says the jury statement.


The jury decided to select four artists and one art group for the 32nd edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award, Czech Republic’s leading award for artists up to the age of 35. They included Robert Gabris, Jakub Jansa, Valentýna Janů, Anna Ročňová and Björnsonova artistic non-collective.


The collective exhibition was held in the fall of 2021 at the Pražák Palace of the Moravian Gallery in Brno. In December, the exhibition of international guests opened to the public, featuring the work of Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe also known as Cooking Sections on the international art scene.


The artists were selected by an international jury composed of representatives of leading international art institutions. The jury included Ivet Ćurlin (Kunsthalle Wien), Anna Daučíková (artist and teacher), Charles Esche (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), João Laia (Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki) and Jan Zálešák (curator and teacher).