The Hidden Language of Plants: Floral Symbolism in Asian Art and Its Reflection in Contemporary Art and Design


Date: 12.06.2015 - 03.01.2016
Place: Kinský Palace

Concept authors and curators: Lenka Gyaltso (non-contemporary art, contemporary design – jewellery, fashion) and Petra Polláková (contemporary art)

The exhibition The Hidden Language of Plants interconnects the floral themes of traditional Asian art with contemporary art and design, creating interesting and often surprising dialogues. All manner of traditional floral motifs are shown in a broad range of materials: textile, lacquer, metal, porcelain and paper. Decorative and utility objects whose surfaces are embellished with rich and multilayered floral symbolism predominate.

Works by contemporary Czech, Slovak and Asian artists are inspired by iconographic traditional floral motifs. The exhibition includes a wide range of media ranging from video art, animated work and installations to photography and painting. Traditional works are exhibited side by side with contemporary works by young fashion designers and prominent jewellery designers.

The exhibition presents several floral-themed artworks by Jiřina Kaplická accompanied by floral-themed jewellery designed by Jan Kaplický. 

Artists:

Nastassia Aleinikava, Ondřej Basjuk, Blueberries Jewelry, Patrik Čabla, Mira Gáberová, Dominik Gajarský, Petra Gupta Valentová, Jan Haubelt, Martin Havel, Jakub Hošek & Nik Timková, Lucie Houdková, Yuanyuan Hu, Matyáš Chochola, Jindra Jansová, Tereza Kabůrková, Jan Kaplický, Jiřina Kaplická, Šárka Koudelová, Hanuš Lamr, Quenten Lee, Denisa Lehocká, Janja Prokić, Monika Přikrylová, Lucia Sceranková, Narendra Pal Singh, Adéla Svobodová, Jiří Thýn, Satomi Usui, Adam Vačkář, Zorya

Special guests (performance and musical interventions):

Alexandr Puškin a Markéta Dolejšová, Obec (Marie Ladrová a Ondřej Vavrečka), Kateřina Zochová, Nikola 2046 (Nikola Brabcová & Jan Mucska)

Thanks to exhibition partners: Květinové lahůdkářství, Miyabi, Zahrada na niti, Hanna Maria, Darina Smerekovská.

 

    

Opening hours
Daily except Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Admission
Basic100 CZK
Reduced50 CZK
Address
Palác Kinských, Staroměstské náměstí 12, Prague 1

Getting here
Metro A – Staroměstská / Můstek. Metro B – Můstek. Tram 17, 18 – Staroměstská. Bus 207 – Staroměstská.
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tz_skryta-rec-rostlin.doc (Tisková zpráva: Skrytá řeč rostlin)
press-release_the-hidden-language-of-plants.doc (Press release: The Hidden Language of Plants)
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