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ET CETERA – contemporary art exhibition in Prague

Our guide Sandra is helping with organisation of a huge exhibition in Prague: In the partnership with Italian Embassy of Prague Eleutheria Foundation will open the first edition of the exhibition ET CETERA on the 9th of September 2013 on the premisses of Italian Institute of Culture where 12 Czech artist under 40 will have the possibility to exhibit their works. The exhibitition will last untill the end of September. Later on Eleutheria Foundation will grant the artist the opportunity to show their works in Rome, in the collaboration with RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts.

Eleutheria Endowment Fund in support of the visual arts to the success of the exhibition held in March last year in the Villa Manin near Udine under the name of “socialist realism in Czechoslovakia 1948 – 1989”, set a new goal: to focus on the developments of the last almost 25 years since the fall of communism, to discover a new dynamic in the development of art after the fall of communism in the Czech Republic. On the basis of a public call they received more than 600 artists art portfolios. A total of 12 artists selected by the Commission internationally recognized experts will present their art work in the premises of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague’s exhibition Et Cetera. The Foundation is focused on contemporary art scene in order to capture and document the transformation of art over the last almost 25 years since the fall of the communist regime and the liberation of artistic expression. The aim of this exhibition is to encourage visitors to reflect on the changes undergone by the artworks in various stages of development since the fall of the communist regime. At the opening ceremony the visitors will have the opportunity to confront the various art forms and styles with the artists them selves.

It will be really big! So don’t miss out this event!

Exhibition will be attended by those selected artists: Hana Babak, Jan Kaláb, Martin Kocourek, Martin Matoušek, James Matuška, Jan Mikulka, Jakub Nepraš, Tets Ohnari, Matěj Rejl, Zdeněk Trs and Roman Týc

Opening: September 9, 2013 at 18:00

Where: The Italian Cultural Institute Prague, Šporkova 14 Prague 1-Malá Strana

When: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 2-6 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Entrance: Free

Exhibition ends: Sept. 30.

SIGNAL Festival with special Alternative walking tour

Prague will host the very first light festival in its history called Prague Light Festival Signal from 17th to 20th October 2013.

For four days in October historical heart of Prague will be turned to a center of new technologies, amazing ideas and unbound creativity.

The festival will bring the city’s historical buildings to life through the audio-visual installations. International and local artists will be revealing major trends of new technologies and lighting design in the streets of Prague featuring video mapping projections, audio-visual installations including light sculptures and other light installations, concerts and performances in the Old Town Square, lit up Hybernia building, Ovocný trh, Kampa, the National Theatre’s New Stage and other spots in the city. Prague Light Festival Signal is organised by Fresh Films and supported by the City of Prague and Czech Tourism.

This festival will be really massive and we are glad that our company was chosen to take our own part in it. We designed a special festival walking tour around the installations in the city centre for you and you can join us every day during the festival. You will see the selected installation with commentary about the author and details of the presented work. The tour starts every day at 7 PM and at 9PM from the Signal info point (Jan Palach Square, Prague 1 in front of Rudolfinum concert hall).The price depends on the number of participants.
We are looking forward to see you there! for more info please visit Signal Festival official website here.

Also our beloved guide Sany prepared for you original graffiti workshop with our friends from Green Lemon company specially designed for the festival where you will have a chance to try out to spray your own graffiti piece with phosphorescent colors under Sany’s strict supervision and guidance.

Exhibition: Wooden Plans by Jan Kaláb aka Point

The Chemistry Gallery in Prague presents the third solo exhibition of Jan Kaláb aka Point (*1978), one of the most famous Czech graffiti art legends, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He will be presented here again after two years primarily as a painter:
Applying a peculiar mixed technique which combines airbrush with precise brushwork, he conducts another analysis of abstract space, this time predominantly by means of concentric rounded morphology. As seen in his previous work, the central theme of Kalab’s compositions is infinity in its dynamic, ever changing nature. In addition to paintings painted on canvas, Jan Kalab will also present a special series of airbrush works on hand-made paper, three-dimensional objects and one sculpture. As part of the exhibition concept the artist will create an original design for the glass front of the gallery facade.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on 6th of July in The Chemistry Gallery (Bubenská 1, Praha 7) from 7 PM.
Music at the opening: DJ Pavel Bidlo, DJ Jorgos, DJ Robot
Visual mapping: Jan Hladil
The entry is free. See you there!

The exhibition will be open from 7.6.2013 till 7.7.2013.

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New graffiti animation in Prague’s subway station

Underground passage in Holešovice subway station, which connects the southern vestibule of the subway to the train station is getting a new face these days. On the walls of the hallway will be a long neglected graffiti animation painted by young artists from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague who were chosen in the public competition.
Huge mural of lying angel and human figures some of which have animal heads is a proposal by Antonín Matějovský, head of the winning group. There will be also the inscription added: „Life is possibly only a dream and at the end is the way out. It is not true that we are coming to live in here, we’re just sleeping here, just dreaming here“ which fairly well describes the mood in the subway hall I guess.

The work on the decoration of the subway ends this Thursday. The next day (Friday 3rd May) the opening will take place there from 4 pm. If you are planning to join us for the Alternative tour on Friday, you can be sure that we will end up there…

New mural art in Prague by Jan Kaláb

Famous Czech graffiti artist Jan Kaláb aka Cakes aka Point is painting a wall in Prague’s Strašnice district this weekend. We went there with Martha Cooper to take some pictures for you. As Blanka Čermáková (head coordinator at Trafačka alternative gallery) said, this meditative image is pretty much fitting in to this busy place around the subway station in contrast with the restfull park near there. During the summer you can visit a famous beer garden called Tent in the park also (look for a huge white tent in the park).

If you want to see this one on your own, check the map below. You can get there from the city centre with the green subway line, the station is called Strašnická.

As you can see the mural is not finished yet. We would be happy if you will post a picture of the finished one here. The first one who will post the picture on our Facebook fan page will get a tranferable discount coupon for two persons for the Alternative Prague Tour

Celebrity Martha Cooper in Strašnice hood
Celebrity Martha Cooper in Strašnice hood
Martha Cooper and Jan Kaláb
Martha Cooper and Jan Kaláb
Martha taking picture of Cakes
Martha taking picture of Cakes
Martha taking picture of Point in front of his new wall
Martha taking picture of Point in front of his new wall

The Martha Cooper Files Exhibition in Prague

Join us for a unique glimpse into the work of the legendary American photographer Martha Cooper (*1943), famous for her systematic documentation of the graffiti and hip hop subculture at the time it came into being in the 70s and 80s in NYC. Cooper’s photographs contain a timeless message regarding the beginnings of street art and several generations have grown up on them. Despite her age, Martha continues her activities enthusiastically and is at present preparing two new publications. The first is devoted to graffiti and street art in Baltimore, the second to the graffiti boom in South Africa, where she herself is these days often to be found.

The exhibition in Prague presents a selection of work that Cooper herself will give a guided tour as part of the accompanying programme and will speak about at discussions.

The exhibition has been organised with the support of the documentary film Girl Power and its director Sany (our team member and guide of the Alternative Prague Tour), a Czech writer, who took footage of Cooper for her film in 2012. The film is due to be premiered in autumn 2013.

The exhibition will take place at Trafačka alternative art space from 26 April till 17 May 2013. You can visit the exhibition with our guide as part of the regular Prague Alternative Tour.

Hip Hop Files with commentary by Martha Cooper:

Martha cooper and Henry Chalfant:

Videopoly #1 – opening

Join us for the opening of the new exhibition in Chemistry Gallery on 7.3.2013 from 7 p.m.

Exhibition Videopoly # 1 is the first exhibition of a new annual exhibition of contemporary video art which initiates The Chemistry Gallery in cooperation with Thomas Vavříček, who is engaged with video art for more than five years.

Videopoly # 1 will present the formation of three young artists who are working in new media. Participation of these three different authors is an opportunity to see different approaches to the process and use automatically generated imagery, visual transcoding external reality and interactive installations.

The whole evening will be accompanied by well-known Prague electro DJ Tvyks – so get ready for a party! Drinks will be offered on spot for reduced price.

The exhibition itself will be held from 8.3. till 14.3.2013.

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Žižkov night!

Prague’s district Žižkov is well known among the praguers as the place to go if you want to have fun later in the afternoon. Žižkov has a reputation of a place with a lot of cheap and trendy pubs, bars and clubs with it’s unique atmosphere. By foreigners it’s sometimes called „Prague Montmartre“. It was originally one of Prague’s working-class districts where it’s not good to be after the sunset. Now it turned in to a place where all young people want to live or at least spend their spare time in a good company of their friends. There’s literally pub on every corner and it’s really the place where you can experience the real Czech pub and club atmosphere.
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Sure there are not only cool pubs and bars, during the day you can visit beautiful hill park Parukarka which in the summer turns in to a huge beer garden or you can climb up to the hill called Vitkov where you can find National Memorial and the tomb and until recently, the highest equestrian statue of the world, the statue of the Hussite leader Jan Žižka after whom the district is called. There’s picturesque view of Prague from there and you can have a coffee or beer break in a nice modern caffe right on the top of the monument behind the statue.
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Last thing I want to recommend you is to visit the highest tower in Prague – newly renovated Žižkov TV tower. You can go up by lift, or just stand down and look for statues of „small“ babies made by our famous artist David Černý. People say that from the view observatory on the top of the tower you can see hundred kilometres around. There’s also a nice modern restaurant and bar but be prepared that It’s a bit overpriced in there.

Ouch, I nearly forget why I’m writing this post. This friday 1/3/2013 there will take place the biggest winter music festival in this part of Prague. And we will be more than happy to meet you there!

Check out whats going on there:
Žižkov best clubs and bars for the third winter turns into a unique festival world! For tickets from CZK 100, you can enjoy the 18 clubs in the district brimming with quality music of various genres, as it is the tradition of Žižkov Night – rock, punk, hip hop, hardcore, metal, ska, reggae, folk etc. and this year even alternative, funk, post rock or bass. Just the most interesting from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and USA. In addition, bands and DJs. There will be also accompanying program as poetry, readings, theater or various lectures.
For more info please check the program here.

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PETR MOTYCKA: Shoe Christ

Shoe Christ (Compulsion to Refuse Something that Has Been Used) is a sculpture made by visual artist Petr Motyčka, who is mainly known in connection with the artist collective Pode Bal. Shoe Christ is made of approximately 1444 used (and mostly single) shoes. The sculpture is more than 6m high, weights over 500kg and was originally created for the public space of Prague’s riverside, where it was shown from August 2010 till January 2011. Subsequently it was modified for the specific space of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague.

Shoe Christ is the author´s contribution to a classical genre of Western art – the theme of crucifixion. The sculpture displayed at DOX belongs to a broader context of Motyčka´s work focused on this topic. (e.g. Used Child Shoe Christ displayed during the Subvision Kunst Festival in Hamburg in 2009 and as a part of common project D.I.V.O. Institute in the Fridericianum Gallery in Kassel or a project called Personal Jesus , that is being developed by the artist for over 6 years.)

If you want to visit this place and explore more about the DOX Contemporary Art Gallery you have to visit our Prague Alternative Tour where we will show you much more hip and arty spots in Prague!
If you eager to know more about the gallery be sure to friend them on facebook or visit their website.

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Graffomat

Yes, we really love this one! Graffomat is a vending machine that disperses graffiti supplies created by our friend and well known and respected graffiti artist from Prague who calls himself Epos 257 or Cryptic.

Graffomat was originally presented on the exhibition within the framework of an accompanying program of the Czech Republic’s participation in the World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. It was part of the project called METROPOLIS made by our most famous graffiti and street art pioneers (Epos, Masker, Pasta, Tron, Point, Skarf). The artists recreated a contemporary Prague metro station, with their individual approaches demonstrating the different formal directions street art can take. This part of exhibition was also presented later in the contemporary art gallery DOX in Prague.

If you want to see Graffomat on your own. There’s still one in town and fully functional! Join us for the Alternative Tour and we will show it to you 😉

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Here you can see the „ad“ for it made by Epos himself:

GRAFFOMAT is entering the market with a new state of the art graffiti supply vending machine!GRAFFOMAT will supply you with all of your favorite state of the art graffiti supplies such as markers, caps, gloves, and everything else that the graffiti writer needs. Including ski masks! Forget about the times where you would run out of paint in the middle of the night and there would be nothing you could do about it. Graffomat is here for you 24 hours a day, located easily accessible on almost every street corner in your neighborhood.

We know what our customers need!