The National Gallery Prague has announced an open competition for an exhibition project for the Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the 58th International Biennale in Venice. The world’s oldest art exhibition will be held from May to November 2019.
The main theme of the 58th Biennale was inspired by the ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times,” referring to periods of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil; “interesting times,” exactly like the ones we live in today, according to the curators. The chief curator will be Ralph Rugoff, an American living inLondon.
The Venice Biennale, first held in 1895, attracts more than half a million foreign visitors each year. Czechoslovakia took part for the first time in 1920. The 1926 Czech and Slovak Pavilion by architect Otakar Novotný is one of the most highly appreciated structures on the exhibition site. The winner of the National Gallery in Prague’s open competition will take over the metaphorical baton next year from Jiří David, who presented his installation Apotheosis, an interpretation of a painting from The Slav Epic cycle by Alfons Mucha, in Venice in 2015.
Designs should be submitted by September 17, 2018. For details about the project, click here.
The original art Biennale has alternated with an architecture Biennale since 1980. This year, the National Gallery in Praguecame up with the project UNES-CO by Kateřina Šedá. It explores how tourism affects urban life. The Guardian has named it one of the most interesting installations at this year’s Biennale of Architecture.