Landscape Festival Praha 2015
This year the festival will be held in three locations - Prague 1, Prague 3 and Prague 6
The Prague Landscape Festival has returned for its third year with exhibitions that continue to explore our relationship to public spaces through design, photography, and contemporary art. The project is organized by the Jaroslav Fragner gallery which has specialized in architecture and applied art since its foundation, and is one of only a few galleries in the country that focuses primarily on contemporary architecture. The gallery itself is hosting two exhibitions - Shared Cities the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014, and A History of the Petr Parléř Prize which is dedicated to promoting cooperation between inhabitants and architects; certainly worth a visit.
In Prague 6 at Vítězné náměstí is the lethargically-spirited Sofa Experience which is on a journey around the world ‘collecting stories from the people it encounters along the way‘. A sixty-metre-long urban sofa constructed of interchangeable wedges, this feels more of a victory for concept over aesthetics and looks like a cross between a chaotic catwalk and the type of stages that new cars are placed on in showroom forecourts. It’s a nice idea that may work well in a grand square but fails to look anything but out of place here.
Much more impressive are the exhibitions at the disused Žižkov freight station. There are several exhibitors here including one looking at the revitalization of Prague 3 and another by the students of UMPRUM. The location alone demands a visit, especially if industrial architecture is your thing, but the juxtaposition of the exhibits breathes a new life into a derelict building. I’ve often felt that Prague chooses to ignore its industrial heritage but this festival embraces the truly urban and tells us not to overlook it. A city can’t simply be a combination of classic and modern, it needs to acknowledge its uglier, grimy, workmanlike elements. By utilizing this venue it illustrates that point very well.
The Sofa Experience - Vítězné náměstí, Prague 6
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery - Betlémské náměstí 5a, Prague 1
Žižkov Freight Station - Jana Želivského 2, Prague 3
Czech-Chinese dance work to premiere at Archa by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Divadlo Archa)
Ordinary People finds similar life stories in dancers from different countries
Festival Spectaculare starting fourth edition by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The multi-genre festival will bring electronic and ambient music and more
Dave Johns will be live in Prague by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The British comedian will be at a downtown movie theater for one show only
Slav Epic seen by 400,000 by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Prague City Gallery)
Cycle of paintings will now go to Asia for a tour
The Cremator by Národní Divadlo - The Estates Theatre
Spalovač mrtvol (orig. Czech titel) by Ladislav Fuks
Paintings of Havel open at DOX by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Martin Polák)
A new cycle of 10 paintings by Tomáš Císařovský chronicle the late president's life
Kids Riot as a Surrealist Reflection of Today’s Society by Marya Oliynyk - Anglo American University (Foto: Fotograf Gallery)
Permanent Transformation @ Fotograf Gallery, until 17th of December
Prague 7 seeks to be an art district by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Továrna)
A new plan will encourage cooperation among institutions
Three Tales @ The New Stage by National Theatre Opera (Foto: Hana Smejkalová)
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Giant airship installed over Prague's DOX Centre by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Dox - FB)
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