PRESS RELEASE: International Triennale of Contemporary Art 2008, National Gallery in Prague RE-READING THE FUTURE
Dukelských hrdinů 47, 170 00 Praha 7
President of ITCA: Milan Knížák
Curator-in-chief: Tomáš Vlček
The International Triennale of Contemporary Art is held under the auspices of Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, and Pavel Bém, Lord Mayor of the Capital City of Prague.
Major partner of the NG in Prague: UniCredit Bank Czech Republic, a.s.
Sponsor of the NG in Prague: Synot Lotto, a.s.
Major media partner of the NG in Prague: Hospodářské noviny
Major media partner of the project ITCA: Česká televize
Media partners: Classic FM, ČRo3 –Vltava, Radio Wave, Pressweb, Tschechienonline
Partners: Magistrát hlavního města Prahy, ČEZ, Adjust art, Panasonic, Epson, AV Media,
Roca, Univerzita Tomáše Bati ve Zlíně, Velvyslanectví Peruánské republiky, Velvyslanectví Lotyšské republiky, Braunschweig University of Art
The International Triennale of Contemporary Art follows two previous presentations of contemporary art in the National Gallery in Prague: the First Prague Biennale in 2003 and the International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005. While the earlier exhibitions only outlined themes related to developing issues in early-twenty-first-century art, the International Triennale seeks to present a more systematic view of artistic expression differing in a number of respects from many of the governing conventions of modernism and post-modernism.
The curators of the International Triennale focused on tendencies brought about by profound changes in the form and nature of contemporary art, which are distinctly reflected in creative expression that stands outside the mainstream of the art market and its publicity machine. These various expressions consider the ephemeral nature of art and its new social role. Art can survive only if it becomes an effective part of social communication, regardless of the customs and standards traditionally associated with it. An opportunity arises for creative expression with a capacity to apply humour and other forms of intense reflections of a changed reality in the globalized world. It is art in a movement of standards and genres, art as an exception, art as an opposite, as an expression of the need to think freely, individually, in defiance and outside the reach of the power of institutionalized culture.
In addition to eighteen curator projects, the International Triennale presents two independent projects: Mobility, launched in cooperation with institutions in five countries (the Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Bulgaria and Portugal) and a retrospective exhibition of kinetic art, including a Czech contribution focused on movement, light and time. In its emphasis on the ephemerality and changeability of expression, kinetic art heralded the contemporary art motifs presented at the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in the National Gallery in Prague.
Opening hours: daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Entrance fee: full 130 CZK, reduced 60 CZK
Projects and artists
1/ Bulgaria / Boris Ognianov Danailov / Movement – a Peculiar Mobility
Boyko Boris Kadinov
2/ Portugal / Carlos Cabral Nunes / Re-Reading the Future – A Thought
Ocubo (Nuno Maya, Carole Prunell)
3/ Poland / Olga Marcinkiewicz / The War Is Over
4/ Finland / Pilvi Kalhama / History Remains Open. On Contemporary Avant-Gardes.
Duncan Butt Juvonen
Leena Nio, Jenni Toikka, Taneli Rautiainen
5/ Czech Republic / Tomáš Vlček / The Theme of Mobility in the Works of Four Czech Artists
Lukáš Rittstein – Barbora Šlapetová