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12 Apr 2017 - 11 Jun 2017

Pavla and Lucia Sceranková: Surface Tensions

Pump House Gallery and Czech Centre London present an exhibition of new and existing work by sisters Pavla and Lucia Sceranková. The artists' first major exhibition in the UK brings together a body of work reflecting the constellations of visual, material and conceptual references that inform their practices. Highly responsive to context, Pavla and Lucia Sceranková have developed the show in response to the unique architecture of the gallery and its setting in Battersea Park.

Preview: 11 April 2017, 6,30 - 8.30 pm

Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Free entry

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Pavla Scerankova’s
sculptural installations and video-performances are characterised by minimalism, subtle humour and sensitive relation to their surroundings, playfully inviting the spectator to interact and explore the relationships between perception and the perceived world. Lucia Sceranková creates photographic and sculptural installations, often from her immediate surroundings, manually transforming reality into illusion and fiction.

In addition to the exhibition at Pump House Gallery a new, temporary public artwork will be sited in Battersea Park’s Pleasure Garden fountains. This kinetic sculptural installation expands and extends the exhibition into the public space of the park, drawing upon a pool of conceptual and aesthetic references including the artists’ recent research into the history of the fountains as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Following a site visit in summer 2016, the artists were inspired by British modernist architect Edward Mills and his Abacus Screen, originally created in 1951 for the Festival’s Southbank site.

Accents of this research are picked up in the work on display at the gallery where sculptural, photographic and installation works intervene in the architecture. Tension is at the heart of the exhibition: the tension between two artists’ work that is being presented at such close quarters, the physical tension within many of the works and the tension of the artists inviting the audience to interact with certain works.

The elements of risk and tension within the exhibition create a connection through the park that invites audience members to explore the site as a whole and contemplate the concepts of the exhibition in the specific setting of the park.



Born in Košice, Slovak Republic. Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Pavla Sceranková studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, where she completed her PhD in 2011. She spent a year studying with Tony Cragg in Berlin and was selected for the prestigious DAAD residency. Since 2015 she has been the head of the Studio of Mixed Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, together with artist Dusan Zahoransky. She was twice nominated for the main Czech prize for young artists, the Jindrich Chalupecky Award (2007 and 2015). Pavla has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including Model (Rudolfinum, Prague, 2015) and Europe Europe (Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, 2014) curated by Gunnar Kvaran and Hans Ulrich Olbrist.
Pavla was awarded the Vaclav Chad Award (2009) and the Cyprian Award (2007). She is considered (along with Eva Kotatkova and Katerian Seda) one of the most important artists of her generation working in Prague. She has presented her work regularly in solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Her work can be found in the collections of the Czech National Gallery, The Prague City Gallery, the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava and many private European collections. She is an experienced architect of children’s playgrounds and frequently designs artwork for public spaces.


Born in Košice, Slovak Republic. Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic and London, UK.
Lucia Sceranková studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, and with Vladimir Skrepl at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts from 2009-11. She took part in an exchange programme at the School of Arts and Cultures in Newcastle, UK, in 2012, and was an artist in residence at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. Lucia was nominated for the Jindrich Chalupecky Award in 2014. Her work has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Europe including Fait Gallery, Brno; Fotograf Gallery, Prague; Galerie 35m2, Prague; Futura Karlin Studios, Prague; and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

Cover imeage: 
Pavla Sceranková, Research, 2015 
Print on photo wallpaper, 350 x 235 cm

Photo: Hynek Alt
Courtesy the artist and Drdova Gallery, Prague


This exhibition was initiated by Czech Centre London, organised in partnership with Pump House Gallery and curated by Pump House Gallery and Lily Hall.

Supported by The Elephant Trust; the Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic; and the Embassy of Slovakia in London.





Lucia Sceranková, Collision, 2014
C-print, 36 x 24 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Zahorian & Van Espen gallery, Prague
Fait Gallery collection, Brno

Lucia Sceranková, Marble, 2012
C-print, 90 x 60 cm
Courtesy of the artist, Zahorian & Van Espen gallery, Prague
Collections of Fait Gallery, Brno and Arstervis & Nadácia SPP

Lucia Sceranková, Stairs, 2015
Lambda print, 125 x 154 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Zahorian & Van Espen gallery, Prague

Pavla Sceranková, Either Or2010
Broken lamp, radio antennas, variable dimensions
Courtesy of the artist
Private collection














PumpHouse Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ


From: 12 Apr 2017
To: 11 Jun 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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