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.
Michaël Borremans: The Duck
The work of Belgian painter Michaël Borremans is characterized by a strong psychological moment. Although his pictorial themes are often associated with latent violence, they excel in their extraordinary beauty. The specific illusory quality of his paintings reveals a great interest in the medium of film and photography, primarily as a source of inspiration for the compositional structure of his paintings. Over time, he also began to create videos that capture his moving canvases and open up a new dimension to his work.
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.