For the second time, Prague Art Week 23 will be opening the autumn art season with a dynamic program of vernissages, performances, guided tours, and accompanying events organized by Prague’s leading contemporary art museums and galleries, auction halls, and other art institutions. New exhibitions will be presented by the National Gallery Prague (NGP), Fotograf Festival, and SUMO Prague, an auction exhibition will culminate at the Kodl Gallery, and Galerie Smečky will introduce a new solo exhibition focused on the author’s collage. Highlight of the program will also be an exhibition of one of the most progressive Czech private collections, which will come to life in an unconventional form in the unconventional environment of a former bank building in the center of Prague. In addition to traditional art events, visitors can also look forward to six new art realizations in the public space, as well as literary performances and screenings of art films. Prague Art Week will also include a rich program of lectures and debates in the Superstudio, which will be complemented by VIP events and educational guided tours allowing the public to discover the diversity of the Prague art scene.
Prague Art Week, in collaboration with the National Gallery Prague, will present the city’s largest social event dedicated to art.
The festival will commence on Thursday, September 21 at 19:00, together with the National Gallery Prague’s Grand Opening. The opening ceremony and the entire program for the general public, including guided tours, accompanying events, and workshops, will be free of charge.
The evening opening will be preceded by an all-day program in the Superstudio, where interested parties can attend a series of lectures and discussions and get a glimpse behind the scenes of artistic operations. Over the course of the day, Superstudio will present four thematic blocks: Art Reflection, Art Career, Art Service, and Art Collecting. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the successful projects of art professionals among them representatives of the new UBS partner, listen to artists, and get to know the vision of main Czech collectors, such as Kateřina Havrlant or Petr and Pavlina Pudil. The program will be partially reserved for PAW PASS holders but will also be open to members of the public who reserve tickets in advance.
“We believe that culture plays an important role in shaping the environment in which we live and is a strategic investment for a modern society. As part of the PAW festival, we strive not only to promote the broad potential and visibility of the visual arts in Prague but also to foster the environment in which art is created. Last year, the festival’s accompanying program was called NET, and through it, we created collaborative networks in which we now plan to cultivate a new, sustainable, collaborative environment,” explains festival director Lenka Bakešová, adding: “Come plan with us and join us in planting art —we invite you to the festival and the PLAN_T conference in the Superstudio.”
Photography: Veletrzni_palac_NG_foto_Tomáš Slavik, PAW 22 Jan Kolský, Karolína Matušková, David Gaberle, galleries archive