22 Nov 2005 00:00 - 6 Jan 2006 00:00
Czech 100 Design Icons
An installation showcasing the modern Czech story based on objects which people have used and admired in the past 100 years – from industrial products to unique art objects, from vehicles, jewellery and graphic design to children’s toy.
This exciting exhibition of Czech design of the twentieth and twenty-first century has its British premiere at the University of Brighton Gallery. It provides a framework within which design can be situated in the often dramatically changing political, economic and cultural landscape of the Czech Republic. The exhibition, which includes everyday objects, embraces five main themes: Czech Cubism (1910-13), Functionalism – the modern alternative (1920s to 40s), Brussels Style – the Song of the Swan (1950s), Optimism and Depression (1960s- 70s), Postmodern Hotchpotch and a New Beginning (80s and 90s) and the Velvet Generation of the 21st Century. Prior to its Brighton showing, Czech 100 Design Icons been displayed in in Prague, Stockholm, as well as in Bratislava and Berlin.
Czech Design Symposium
2 – 3 December 2005, Brighton University
This conference will be held alongside the Czech 100 Design Icons which has its British premiere at the University of Brighton Gallery. Speakers will address changing perspectives in Czech design across a wide spectrum in the changing cultural, social, political and economic climate of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Keynote speakers will include Eva Jiricna and Jiri Pelcl.
Eva Jiricna, designer of many striking interiors in London Paris and New York, is one of the best known Czech architects and designers. She trained in Prague before coming to Britain following the uprising of 1968. More recently she has been invited to undertake a number of high profile commissions in Prague, including the orangery in Prague Castle and offices for Andersen Consulting in Frank Gehry’s ‘Fred and Ginger’ building.
Jiri Pelcl is also a high profile Czech architect and designer well represented in the Design Icons exhibition. Founder of the radical Atika design group in 1987 which reacted against the restrictive nature of design in a socialist state, he is Rector of the celebrated Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague and author of Czech Design 1995-2000 (2001).
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 22 Nov 2005 00:00
To: 6 Jan 2006 00:00
Czech 100 Design Icons