Pleiad of Glass 1946–2019
In the second half of the 20th century emerged a new field of art the so-called studio glass. The names of Czech artists such as Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Josef Koudelka, René Roubíček, Vladimír Kopecký, Jiří Harcuba, František Vízner, and others started to be discussed with respect by the entire the glass world. The exhibition showcases the most iconic pieces which illustrate the development of this field of art.
The retrospective exhibition of Kurt Gebauer (1941) will be the most comprehensive probe to date into the sixty-year-long oeuvre of this original sculptor and pedagogue who has had a lasting influence on Czech public space. His lifelong interest in figuration (not the objective figure, but the perceived, animated and moving one) led Gebauer to a form of expression that is entirely unique in both the Czech and international contexts, and it also allowed him to offer a sensitive but biting critique of the political situation both before and after 1989.
Echoes of the Venice Biennale: Stanislav Kolíbal
The exhibition in the Trade Fair Palace's Small Atrium echoes the show of Stanislav Kolíbal (1925) at the 58th International Biennale in Venice. This exhibition presented his earlier works from the 1960s and 1970s as well as his recent ones.
The exhibition marks the occasion of the 350th anniversary from the death of major Netherlandish painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606, Leiden – 1669, Amsterdam). The exhibition’s central work is the portrait Scholar in His Study from the collections of the National Gallery Prague, which Rembrandt painted in 1634, as wel as first-class artworks loaned by major museums and galleries, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, the National Gallery in London or the Albertina in Vienna, and also by private collectors.
Mikuláš Medek: Naked in a Thorn Bush
The exhibition introduces Medek as an artist who stands comparison with his international contemporaries and presents him not only as a painter, but also as a person whose worldview influenced a number of prominent artists of his generation. The exhibition will be one of the most comprehensive overviews of Medek's wide-ranging oeuvre, while also showcasing artworks that are not commonly presented at exhibitions.
Yoann Lemoine aka Woodkid is a French music video director, graphic designer, and singer-songwriter. He released his first EP as Woodkid in 2011 called Iron and released his first album in 2013 titled The Golden Age, which is an autobiographical record. As a director, his most notable works include his music video direction for Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, Taylor Swift’s single Back to December, Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die and Mystery Jets' Dreaming of Another World.
Forms of brutalism
The architecture built in Czechoslovakia throughout the 1960s–1980s, both glorified and deplored, is a heatedly discussed and highly controversial subject. The exhibition presents buildings in Prague influenced to a lesser or greater extent by Brutalism and progressive influences from the West that was forbidden, yet highly inspiring for creators.
Lustr is the festival of contemporary artists' illustrations and the largest exhibition of illustrators in our country. It presents both domestic and foreign illustration work on a regular basis every year. Apart from the annual showcase taking place in Prague city centre every autumn, there is the Lustr On Tour bringing work of young Czech illustrators to all over the world – last year e. g. to Brussels or Moscow. This year, the festival is coming up with a completely new conception of the exhibition part that allows more careful curatorial work and better mutual connection of topics of the exhibited artworks.