We would like to invite you for two interesting art exhibitions in a very spacial building. There is a new pop up gallery in Prague’s architectural gem called The Dancing House (Czech: Tančící dům). This building was build in Prague in 1996 and it’s located at Rašín’s Riverbank (Rašínovo Nábřeží). Its site was the location of a house destroyed by the U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945 (U.S. wanted to bomb Dresden in Germany, but they bombed Prague by a mistake). The building was designed by architectural genius Vlado Milunić in co-operation with the renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in deconstructivist architectural style. The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time of post communist late 90’s, because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous and in the opinion of some it does not accord well with these architectural styles. Then the Czech former president and leader of the Velvet Revolution, Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had avidly supported this project, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity. At the end the building was used mainly as the office building and nothing really cultural was happening there until now.

This month they opened a POP UP gallery by Art Salon S inside and you will have a chance to check two different exhibitions for the period of two months there: Dereck Hard (yes the guy, who did the photographs for our leaflets) prepared large solo exhibition of three photographic series in the style of pop-art photography called „Show“. There are three main art series, which viewers can see on the first floor of the building. In particular it is a series of staged images created by using toys called „Little reality“. Then there is minimalist, still-life art representing various urban types called „Urban Still Lifes“, all of which are presented in the form of industrial forms lightboxes. The last major series of Dereck’s self-portraits is called „One Man Many Styles“, here he posed in six different partner couples – fans of different music genres, from rap to metal. In all the pictures he has two roles, dressed always like a girl and boy. There is also a bonus series „Drugs!“ on the staircase between the ground floor and first floor.

Dereck Hard Show
Dereck Hard Show

Another art exhibition is called WHO CARES prepared by EPOS 257 (yes, the guy who made the Graffomat) Epos took the second floor of the Dancing House to showcase his large works created from used billboards. These materials are treated differently. Some cutouts are just framed and then subjected to underline the particular context, as in the case of the two presidential candidates exhibiting side by side with a window in the middle, where is directly visible the Prague Castle.

Portrét from Epos 257 on Vimeo.

Other pieces are covered with paint splashes fired from the weapon resembling a large paintball gun. „There’s a gesture of attack against consumer unified world, that is only based on power production. As a result, my work is actually framed theft, because for some people today, the steal is actually the biggest art“ says Epos 257, the artist who tampers with the law, but also an artist who is represented in the Czech National Gallery.

Epos 257

Last but not least. On the Ground Floor you will find pop up store PAGE FIVE – young bookstore and publisher specializing in sale and publishing of art books, periodicals, and original prints. You can find there also a pop up store by HARDDECORE, where you will discover a mix of high design pieces and original creations as jewellery, fashion, accessories and interior design pieces created by independent Czech designers.

Opening hours: DAILY from 11am till 7pm till 30.3.2014 Tickets: Adult: 90kč/Students: 45kč Children under 6 years: free

UPDATE: So the exhibition unfortunately ended, but the artist Epos 207 sold the two main portraits (cutouts from the billboards) of the presidential candidates for amazing 2 million crowns to unknown contemporary, modern art collector. Congratulations and keep up the good work man!

EPOS 257 with his framed portraits of the two main presidential candidates
EPOS 257 with his framed portraits of the two main presidential candidates

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