PAW TIP#01 Big Prague galleries open the season

Prague’s major galleries launch their exhibition season for 2024 . You can go to DOX to find your own Kafka, at the end of February you can visit the Ukrainian Artist exhibition at the Rudolfinum, and in March you can plan a visit to the exhibition from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje at the Trade Fair Palace NGP. In April, you can head to @evakotatkova exhibition at the Venice Biennale.


The KAFKAesque exhibition at the DOX Contemporary Art Centre brings a reflection of Kafka’s work and poetics in contemporary art. It does not offer a historical view of the writer’s work, but a view that reflects our contemporary situation with all its complexities and ambiguities. This is reflected in the works of more than thirty internationally renowned artists that are on display in the exhibition. At the exhibition you will delve into the concept of “Kafkaesque”, get to know the works of Kafkaesque professionals and amateurs, the curators invite you to visit the exhibition. For decades, attempts to understand Kafka’s literary works and his life have presented an intellectualand often emotional challenge to scholars and readers alike, and have been the subject of much interpretation. Every age has had a need to comment on Franz Kafka and his work, and today is no different. Everyone has their Kafka. You can revise or enrich your view of his work until 22 September 2023.



Symbolically, from 29 February 2024, the Rudolfinum Gallery will host a solo exhibition of Zhanna Kadyrova, the Ukrainian artist whose world changed on 24 February 2022. The country is ravaged by war, Ukrainians have become refugees in their own homeland, many have gone abroad. Unexpectedly, Zhanna Kadyrova’s reality has also changed. She, too, became a refugee and her artistic work in its previous form lost its meaning. Faced with a sense of futility, she finds refuge in Berezov, a small village in the Carpathian Mountains, and seeks answers to her questions. How can she be an artist when her homeland has been brutally invaded? What is her role? How can she help? For Kadyrova, the only way out of this situation is to talk about life, culture and war in today’s Ukraine.



In the coming years, the dramaturgy will focus on the themes of solidarity, Czech art in exile, the representation of women in art history and the environmental crisis. In 2024, visitors can look forward to the group exhibition No Feeling Lasts Forever. Solidarity Collection in Skopje. It will open in March at the Trade Fair Palace. Drawing on the unique collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, it reflects on the aid given to the city after the 1963 earthquake and provides a glimpse into the history of post-war modern art. From mid-May onwards, viewers can enjoy Michelangelo and works by other masters at the Wallenstein Riding School.