Prague will come alive with art for a week in September

From September 9 to 15, the international art festival PRAGUE ARTS WEEK 22 will take place in Prague for the first time.

Like other major cities around the world, the festival aims to connect the art scene in Prague and, through a joint initiative, to highlight the Czech capital on the world art map on the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The visual art festival invites visitors from the Czech Republic and abroad to more than fifty galleries, museums, art collections and other artistic institutions in Prague, which will present a diverse program focusing on visual art from Central and Eastern Europe.

The opening of the festival will take place on Friday, September 9 at 5 p.m. on the piazzetta of the New Stage of the National Theater, where the center of the festival, the so-called Superstudio, will be located for the whole week.

The opening will be followed by the festival weekend, during which major arts institutions have prepared free or discounted admissions for festival visitors.

From Monday September 12 to Thursday September 15, the organizers encourage guests to visit the small private galleries which are densely represented in certain areas of the city during the various days of the festival.

Visitors can end their day’s itinerary in the early evening in the city center at the Superstudio, where there will be an accompanying program of lectures and debates with national and international guests from the art world. Guests include photographer Marie Tomanová, Ukrainian gallery owner Maryna Shcherbenko and renowned Czech artist Kryštof Kintera.

The opening ceremony will also include the announcement and awarding of ten artists from the Artefin gallery’s open call for the best digital work (NFT), which aims to support the work of progressive artists and the creation of works original digital.

Major institutions are worth seeing during the festival weekend

A great attraction of festival weekend is an opportunity to visit Prague’s newest institution dedicated to the visual arts, the Kunsthalle Praha, which will offer PAW visitors the weekend of September 10-11 free entry to the Midnight of Art exhibition, which presents the private collection and numerous cultural activities of Karel Babicek. During the week of September 9-15, the Kunsthalle Praha will also organize an accompanying program, including an online conference with Nancy Davidson and Marisa Ravalli-Příhodová on September 14.

Likewise, the Prague City Museum, which is currently renovating its main building, will offer a free program in its Norbertov Study and Documentation Center and will also invite visitors on a walking tour of Prague’s architecture.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., the New Stage will host a free workshop with photographer David Gaberle, which will consist of a one-hour talk followed by a photoshoot with Fujifilm cameras on the streets of Prague.

On Saturday, September 10, all buildings of the Prague City Gallery (GHMP) will be open for the symbolic price of one crown. The Matter of Art Biennale, organized by GHMP and, will take place during the whole week of the festival. The biennial’s free exhibitions and accompanying program address the relationships between gender, race, class, sexuality and geopolitics in an almost therapeutic way. The National Gallery Prague is offering a 50% discount on admission to all of its galleries on Sunday 11 September and is also inviting visitors to several events that accompany the MOVE exhibitions: Intimacy as Resistance, Coming Soon and ZENGA.

Galerie Rudolfinum is organizing a free workshop for children on September 11 to accompany the Fragilités exhibition.

The DOX Center for Contemporary Art is hosting a family workshop on September 10 and a guided tour of the Power(less) exhibition on September 11, both free admission for PAW 22 visitors.

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague will make its accompanying programs available free of charge, including tickets for the exhibitions where the programs take place, and it also invites those interested to take a walk through the Prague of Josef Sudek.

From Friday to Sunday, it will also be the last chance to visit MeetFactory for the Let Me Hear Your Footprints exhibition and to be inspired by the experiential symposium Discovering Other Knowledge, both focusing on new trends in art and society. .

On Sunday, festival-goers can visit a quiet downtown courtyard at Campus Hybernská, where Barbora Valášková’s Blau exhibition will open at HYB4 Gallery D and where there will be a music lounge, street food and a after with the DJs of the group Sady Kolektiv.

Berta D. Wells