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Prague Art Week 2023. Check Out This Year’s Program.

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Prague Art Week, a renowned international festival, is gearing up to captivate the Prague art scene and its audience with a diverse array of artistic expressions. In contrast to smaller showcases, this festival encompasses all facets of contemporary and classical art, involving both major institutions and individual artists. The event is scheduled to grace the Czech capital from September 21 to September 24, with its grand opening at the Trade Fair Palace at 7 pm.

Lenka Bakeš, the visionary behind this cultural extravaganza, shared, “The festival is a celebration for all culture enthusiasts in Prague and the Czech Republic. Internationally, Art Week signifies a time when art fairs, genre exhibitions, and gallery unveilings harmoniously converge throughout the city, creating the ambiance of a significant social phenomenon that resonates globally.”

The extensive program promises a rich tapestry of artistic expressions, ranging from intimate painting exhibitions within galleries to monumental sculptural installations in public spaces, not to mention captivating dance performances and literary presentations. One highlight is the four site-specific exhibitions situated within an abandoned building generously provided by PSN. Bakeš elaborated, “In a former bank building from the early 2000s, the distinctive aesthetics of ‘temples of wealth’ collide with the critical reflections and interventions of emerging and mid-generation artists from the Czech Republic and Poland.”

Among the noteworthy exhibitions, the group show “Sumo Prague” featuring Czech and international artists, will be held at Šlecht’s restaurant in Stromovka Park. Furthermore, new solo exhibitions by artists such as Eliška Konečná, Tadeáš Podhradský, Josef Kotrba, Jiří Matějů, David Krňanský, Pavla Dundálková, Adam Kašpar, Michaela Červená, and Petra Švecová are on the horizon. The Smečky Gallery is set to present a solo exhibition by Jiří Kovanda, centered around the art of collage.

Moreover, the festival promises eight innovative public art installations by David Böhm and Jiří Franta, Michal Cimala, Lukáš Rais, Petr Stanický, Čestmír Suška, Evžen Šimera, Michal Škapa, and Karel Štědrý, adding an artistic dimension to public spaces. Attendees can also look forward to a literary performance titled “Ora et Lege” and the screening of an art film by Jeremy Deller at Kunsthalle Praha.

Prague Art Week will also play host to international guests. French curator Celine Sabari Poizat will inaugurate an exhibition at the Berlin Model gallery, inspired by her latest book “NONFICTION 04,” which delves into the aesthetics of magic. This exhibition will showcase the works of emerging French women artists exploring the theme of witchcraft.

Additionally, the festival will feature collaborative exhibitions by two galleries at Meetfactory, fostering international artistic dialogue and creativity.



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