People and Places

Venues and Art Spaces: Views, Reviews and Overviews

Our correspondents review the venues, art spaces, and interesting locations in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic

Marionette, 2017 – Antti Laitinen
Martyna Poznańska and Peter Cusack
Audiovisual Report from Białowieża Forest
Vysočina Regional Gallery, Jihlava
Opening: 7 June 2018, 5 PM

This group exhibition focuses on the depiction of the forest in European art today. It is inspired by current scientific approaches to plants that accentuate “passionate immersion” in the surrounding non-human world, enlarging the sphere of representation, and cultivating the idea of the forest as an interconnected and thinking organism.

Návsí u Jablunkova

They form a pair. Martin Krkošek and Pavla Krkošová Byrtusová, partners both in their personal and professional lives, live in Návsí u Jablunkova, a stone’s throw away from the Slovakian border, just between Třinec and Žilina.

Moving Station / Johan Society

The Moving Station cultural center is easily accessible by train – you get off, cross the street, and you’re there. It is situated in one of the previously functioning halls of Pilsen’s south side (Jižní předměstí).

Working together for a More Vibrant Liberec

Liberec might perhaps be best known as “that city under Ještěd,” but it is so much more than that. The recent renovation by Oblastní Galerie of the local spa is one of many events taking place there at the moment.

Place for mini-exhibits and installations
Going with the Flow, Steering its Direction

PRAHA v Brně is not simply one of Brno’s many pleasant cafes, it’s also a bustling venue for lectures, film screenings, and concerts. The space, which lies at the end of the courtyard of the Moravian Gallery, once served as a restoration workshop, as evidenced by the still-extant fluorescent tubes under which restorers worked.

Soulkostel, Vernéřovice
Breathing New Life into an Abandoned Church

Soulkostel isn’t easy to find, even with GPS. You must go all the way through Vernéřovice and, almost at the end, turn off onto a grassy lane.

Pilsen region

We met with Tomáš Kaiser, the director of the Bart Society, in early October at the 15th annual Apple Festival, which took place in the Pilsen region directly on the summit and slope of Krasíkov hill. The event could be seen from far away, as the slope of the hill (which, just beyond the trees, is graced with some beautiful castle ruins) was speckled with parked cars — this year a few thousand visitors came to the event. Directly below the castle, the Bart association was running a benefit kiosk selling pastries and coffee, whose earnings would go to support the society’s activities.

Třešť activates its Cultural Scene

František Novák welcomed us in Třešť directly in front of the shop Potřeby at no. 4 Roosevelt St. He immediately started explaining: the “art supermarket” comprises of a shop window (formerly used for showcasing farm equipment) and the two small, sparsely furnished rooms adjacent to it.

Zauhlovačka. Celkový pohled
The story of a water tower in Vratislavice nad Nisou

Zauhlovačka is a project which directly draws from the strong genius loci of its place, in this case the former water tower in the town of Vratislavice nad Nisou, not far from Liberec.

Kuprospěchu group

We chatted with Petr Karásek about the society Kuprospěchu (FortheBetter), and about the difficulties of organizing cultural events without the city's support.

Diana Winkler — Kabinet Chaos
Střítež by Polička in Eastern Bohemia

At first sight, Střítež is a common village near Polička in the region of Eastern Bohemian. However, when you enter the courtyard of one of the local houses, you enter Planet Chaos.

Let’s Revive Strakonice
Oživme si Strakonice

Upon arriving in Strakonice, the South Bohemian town’s impression is a modest one. Although settled in the latter half of the 12th century, and boasting a moated castle on the Otava River built shortly thereafter, the large-scale urban reconstruction of the 1970s demolished many of the historical buildings that had given Strakonice the fairy-tale quality typical of many old Czech towns.

Kohoutův dům
An Open Community Space in Chotěboř

There aren’t many buildings of historical value left on the main square of Chotěboř. But at no. 194, we find Kohoutův dům, which is the only building that has retained its appearance after the fire of 1832.

Liminal spaces
Genot Centre and the Silent_Night concert series

A profile on Prague based record label and music community Genot Centre and its series of sleepover concerts, hosted in collaboration with Radio Wave and Divadlo Ponec

Milada Hynková with Sráč Sam, 2009
Sam83 and Aradecor

The sound of the Arachné is all-encompassing, a veritable army of sewing machines bashing their needles, 120 of them to be exact, in mechanical mercilessness.

A Point of Departure from the Usual
Micro-Space Profile

Anton Marušarz (Tono), Radim Labuda and I are sitting in a small narrow space, tucked away in the back of Punctum, an “open creative space” discreetly located in Prague’s Žižkov. In the main room, the original locksmith shop, the evening’s event, “Gaučing,” is gaining momentum.

ArtMap Book Store on Vojtěšská
9 September, 2016

The ArtMap Bookstore, supported by the Agosto Foundation, had its official opening in Prague.

Wakushoppu showcases experimental scene

Update: the Wakushoppu series has moved house and currently takes place at Punctum, Krasová 803 in Praha-Žižkov.