After a break of nearly 50 years, the Czech Republic will be participating in the Milan Triennial, a prestigious international showcase for contemporary artists and designers. The Czech Republic will be represented by two works of art, Out of Power Tower by Krištof Kintera and Lithopy by Denisa Kera, which explore the theme of energy wastage and mocks the current craze for cryptocurrencies.
The exhibition by top Czech sculptor Krištof Kintera at Prague’s Galerie Rudofinum has attracted over 120, 000 visitors and has become the fourth most successful exhibition in the Czech Republic in the past four years. Entry to the exhibition, entitled Nervous Trees, is free, with the event prolonged until December 27.
A major new exhibition of the work of Czech sculptor Krištof Kintera will
be opened at Prague’s Gallerie Rudolfinum on Wednesday evening. Entitled
Nervous Trees, the show includes around 20 sculptures, installations and
The exhibition is the 100th to be held at the Rudolfinum since the gallery was opened in 1994. It will be open to the public from Thursday and runs until November 26. Admission is free.
The centre of Prague will be transformed for several nights this week, when it hosts the first ever Signal Light Festival. From Thursday to Sunday, leading European practitioners of video mapping will be turning some of the city’s buildings into giant screens, while a number of well-known Czech artists have also created special installations. The man behind the whole thing is Martin Pošta, former director of the Fresh Film Fest. When we spoke, I first asked Pošta how he had got into the field of light art.
A junction at Prague’s Nábřeží Kapitána Jaroše is set to get an unusual new monument in May, with the installation of a work by the renowned artist Krištof Kintera. Comprising a bicycle attached to a street lamp, Bike to Heaven will serve as a memorial to riders who have been killed in the city, including cyclists’ rights activist Jan Bouchal, who was run over at that very spot in 2006. The monument is being funded by a public collection organised by the civic association Auto*Mat, whose project coordinator Tereza Vohryzková explained the genesis
A public tender on the sale of property for redevelopment in Prague 10 (between Moskevská and Krymská) is being met with opposition from a number of local residents and a civic association. Opponents of the sale, including acclaimed Czech artist Krištof Kintera 9 (a member of an initiative known as Start), are worried the sale, which includes an early 20th century Art Nouveau building, will see yet another green area in Vršovice disappear. Critics charge that Prague 10 is behaving as an investor and not looking out for the neighbourhood. The local city hall, which owns the property together with a private owner, is defending its decision on the grounds the land was outlined for possible development in the city’s zoning plans. Interested buyers will have to offer a minimum of 43 million crowns for the property. The city wants to sign a contract by June of next year.
Artist Krištof Kinter has won the Personality of the Year art award for his sculpture of a streetlamp shining upwards at Prague’s Nuselský Bridge. The sculpture is dedicated to those who committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. The winner was chosen by a ten-member jury from some 40 names and receives a black square that has been painted over from the previous year’s winner.
For decades, most Prague residents would automatically associate the tall Nusle Bridge, which connects a motorway with the city center, with the suicides that occurred there. Some 300 people are said to have jumped to their death from it. Now, a leading Czech artist has installed an unusual work right under the bridge, which towers over a park in the city’s Nusle neighborhood. The sculpture is meant as a reminder of those who lost their life there.
As temperatures drop even Prague’s statues are bundling up, former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright was in Prague this week for the launch of her book Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box and, a man wins three quarters of a million on the outcome of the senate elections. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarová.