Politik-um / New Engagement
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Prague Castle, yards, and gallery in Teresian Wing
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Kotík Jan Jakub
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Politic-art / New Engagement
First thematic exhibition of political art in the Czech Republic
A group exhibition of the works of approximately 40 Czech and international artists in the Prague Castle Teresian wing and the Castle courtyards and grounds.
The aim of artist’s activities over the past few decades has been more than to just visually adorn or aesthetically improve the living environment. Even if this aim does to some extent still exist, much more important seems to be the artist's attempt to reflect upon our presence within the complexity of human life, thoughts and feeling, of our society as a whole as well as of its individuals. It is therefore natural that contemporary artists should react with sensitivity to issues that arise from the darker sides of human life, issues that normally are overlooked amidst everyday cares: human rights violations, past decisions that oppressed the conscience of a nation, individuals isolated in their own world and indifferent to misery of other people that are living near to us or in distant countries.
"Political Art" has rapidly developed in the world over the recent years in pace with the development of open societies. In contrast, until only very recently a strong skepticism to political and public engagement predominated the social structure in the Czech Republic. The youngest generation of artists has managed to liberate themselves from this social skepticism and join the natural development.
This exhibition of "political art" at the Prague Castle will to some extent take advantage of the contrast of confirmed values of historical monuments and infers that the drama of history isn't only something of the past, but continues up until today.
What are the goals of the Exhibition?
· To bring to the foreground social problems that are far too often overlooked in the midst of our relatively economically successful and satisfactory lives
· To bring to attention the social connections in our life the mutual dependency of people from both near and far away.
· To show that historical monuments do not only represent confirmed values, or act as tourist attractions, but also offer historical testimony l with a drama that remains pertinent even today.
· Through building public-private support and partnerships, to demonstrate that society is capable of self-reflection, self-irony and accepting the existence of social problems as well as the willingness to try and solve them.
· To provide a platform and impulse for social engagement to the Czech contemporary scene.
· To act as a mediator between the contemporary arts and the general public.
From May 14, 2002 13 works of art - objects, sculptures, installations, billboard and light projects - will be installed throughout the courtyards and grounds of Prague Castle. The selected works content will focus on the themes related to concrete political issues (i.e. war and armed conflict, ethnic cleansing, minority issues, economic exploitation), showing that the borders between game and affliction, beauty and dread, or humor and ritual are not as intransgressible as it seems.
The exhibition visitors will be led from the open-air installations down the "Bull Stairway" from the Castle's third courtyard to Gallery space in the Teresian wing of Prague Castle. The gallery exhibition will present 22 selected artistic works in the form of video-installations, installations, sound- and light works, sculptures and pictures.
Politic-art / New Engagement Exhibit of political art at the Prague Castle
Organizer Center for Contemporary Arts Prague, o. p. s. (CCA)
Co-organizer Prague Castle – Exhibition department
Date April 2002, opening 12. 4. 2002 (preliminary date)
Place Prague Castle grounds and Teresian Wing gallery
Keiko Sei, independent curator of contemporary arts
Ludvík Hlaváček, Director of CCA, Prague
Duňa Panenková, Director of Prague Castle Exhibition Department
Tamara Moyzes, Monika Gryčová, Prague Castle Exhibition department Katherine Kastner, CCA Prague