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Coal and Steel: best of Czech and British contemporary art in London

Czech Open 2012, the Czech cultural season in Islington (March – August 2012), will make its mark on the Islington art scene with the opening of Coal and Steel: an exhibition presenting works by the best Czech and British contemporary artists. The event is inspired by the original Olympic idea, from the beginning of the 20th century ,to link sports and arts. The exhibition, which also features a special charitable project Disorient Express London – Prague, will also be displayed in Prague in June and at the Czech House in London during the Olympic Games.

Coal and Steel and Disorient Express London – Prague, Czech Open 2012
London, Candid Arts Trust Gallery Islington            13-28/4/2012
Prague, České centrum Praha                                   1-16/6/2012
London, Czech House, Islington (DELP)                 27/7-10/8/2012

Participating UK artists:  

Gavin Turk, Bob & Roberta Smith, Tessa Farmer,Nancy Fouts, Darren Coffield, Paul Sakoilsky, Martin Richman, Fergal Voorsanger Brill, Cedric Christie, Chris Bianchi, Ronzo, Peter Watkins, Terrence Smith and Hania Stella – Sawicka 

 

CZ artists:

Hynek Martinec, Pasta Oner, Michal Rittstein, Andrea Součková Medunová, Josef Bolf, Michal Pěchouček, Petr Písařík, Karel Štědrý, Jiří Kovanda, Michal Škapa, Tomáš Němec, Martina Riedlbauchová, Tereza Bušková, Jakub Špaňhel, Sara Bergmannová, Milan Salák, Lucie Skřivánková, Jaroslav Kyša, Veronika Bromová, Milena Dopitová, Milan Houser, Jiří Thýn, Wladimir 518, Jakub Matuška, Jan Kaláb, Jakub Hošek and Jiří David


Czech Open 2012, the Czech cultural season in Islington (March – August 2012), will make its mark on the Islington art scene with the opening of Coal and Steel: an exhibition presenting works by the best Czech and British contemporary artists. The event is inspired by the original Olympic idea, from the beginning of the 20th century ,to link sports and arts. The exhibition, which also features a special charitable project Disorient Express LondonPrague, will also be displayed in Prague in June and at the Czech House in London during the Olympic Games.

Ladislav Pflimpfl, Director, Czech Centre London: “The Coal and Steel exhibition offers an unusually strong representation of the Czech and British contemporary art scenes. The joining theme of Frantisek Kupka’s modernism together with almost forty participating artists, including the nominees of the Czech most prestigious visual arts award Jindrich Chalupecky Award as well as the YBA artists, promises a unique art collection based on creativity and inspiration. A special feature of the exhibition, a charitable project Disorient Express London – Prague, has already proven to be an exceptional success. Over thirty outstanding artists have donated their artwork to us: model train carriages which will be auctioned at the Czech House during the Olympic Games to help support the Islington-based charity Access to Sports, which works with disadvantaged young people across the borough.“

All the art pieces at the Coal and Steel relate to the era of modernism at the dawn of the 20th century. This era is symbolised by Frantisek Kupka’s painting Amorpha, Fugue in Two Colours. The painting celebrates is 100th anniversary this year and has inspired the visuals of the Czech Olympic team’s uniform for 2012.  The name of the exhibition referes to the fascination for machines and machinary which the Czechs share with the British, including popular enthusiasm for model train carriages and steam engines.

The curators of the exhibition, Jaroslav Krampol and Jaroslav Kysa, have chosen Czech artists who infuse their work with traditional and contemporary trends; street art and old-shool  techniques. Many of the participating Czech artists live and work in London (Jakub Hosek, Anezka Hoskova, Tereza Buskova, Hynek Marinec), while others live in the Czech Republic but have gained popularity abroad (Jiri Thyn, Jakub Matuska, Jan Pfeiffer, Vladimir 518 and others).

 

Disorient Express London – Prague

 A unique collection of more than thirty model train carriages, generously donated by Hornby Hobbies Ltd, has been specially created as a part of Coal and Steel and Czech Open 2012. The model carriages were individually commissioned for the project and reworked/decorated by selected Czech and British leading artists before being combined to create a magnificent nine-metre long train. After exhobitions in the UK and Prague, the carriages will be auctioned to raise money for the Islington-based charity Access to Sports, which works with disadvantaged young people accross the borough.

www.czechopen2012.com 

Contact and images: Czech Centre London
Renata Clark, Deputy Director

Tel: 0207 3075182, E: clarkova@czechcentre.org.uk

 

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