Alžběta Bačíková, Lukáš Hofmann, Tomáš Kajánek, Kateřina Olivová and Adéla Součková; these are the finalists of the 29th edition of Czech Republic’s most prestigious award for exceptionally remarkable work in the field of visual arts for artists up to the age of 35. Their artistic positions and approaches are truly diverse, straddled between explicitly engaged and self-critical gesture, ranging from the endeavor to consider and involve specific audience groups to intimate and atmospheric situations and actions. They share an intensive interest in very particular aspects of the present, such as human relations, creating collective consciousness and making not only a rational but also a strongly emotional impact on the viewers/participants. They are not afraid to be provocative on various levels and to push the traditional limits of the exhibition.
The international guest of this year’s Jindřich Chalupecký Award is Romanian artist and choreographer Alexandra Pirici who seized international attention in 2013 when she represented Romania together with Manuel Pelmuş at the Romanian national pavilion at the Venice Biennale. It will be for the first time that Pirici presents her work to Czech audiences, introducing her project Delicate Instruments of Engagement. Through the bodies of performers, a series of several dozen historical moments and cultural allusions will become present in the gallery, ranging from a song by Céline Dion through a Coca-Cola commercial to similar speeches by the first ladies of the US Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. For the Prague version, Pirici added two new situations to the project: Dubček’s speech upon his return from Moscow in August 1968 and East-West, the winning work of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2013 by Dominik Lang.
|Artist||Alžběta Bačíková, Lukáš Hofmann, Tomáš Kajánek, Kateřina Olivová, Adéla Součková|
|Exhibition||Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2018|
|Place / venue||National Gallery in Prague - Trade Fair Palace|
|Dates||14 November 2018 – 6 January 2019|
|Curated by||Tereza Jindrová|
|Index||Adéla Součková Alžběta Bačíková Jindřich Chalupecký Award Kateřina Olivová Lukáš Hofmann Tereza Jindrová Tomáš Kajánek|