Salm Modern #1: Dimensions of Dialogue

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Salmovský palace Hradčanské náměstí 1, Praha 1

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The exhibition Dimensions of Dialogue is the outcome of a collaboration between the National Gallery in Prague and the Dresden State Art Collections. The exhibition assembles a selection of works from the Hoffmann Donation Collection of the Dresden State Art Collections, as well as the selected works of contemporary Czech artists from the collections of the National Gallery in Prague and private collections. The goal of this joint project is to promote and foster dialogue between the two cities and between Eastern and Western artistic positions in the space of Central Europe. The dimensions of dialogue are set by the work of the Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer, after which the exhibition is named. In his fantastical, surreal, dream-like and comic film from 1982, inanimate things and fragmented parts are composed into a subversive whole. The work employs animation technique to interweave a multitude of objects from the mundane world with homemade clay figures, puppets, and beings of all sorts.

The exhibition presents the works from artists featured in the Hoffman Donation Collection of the Dresden State Art Collections, such as: Nobuyoshi Araki, Marina Abramović, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hans Bellmer, Madeleine Berkhemer, Christian Boltanski, Monica Bonvicini, Günter Brus, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Olga Chernysheva, Anne Katrine Dolven, Dan Flavin, Isa Genzken, Félix González-Torres, Antony Gormley, Keith Haring, Susan Hiller, Zuzanna Janin, William Kentridge, Kim Soo-Ja, Martin Kippenberger, Katarzyna Kozyra, Thomas Locher, Sarah Morris, Ron Mueck, Hermann Nitsch, A. R. Penck, Pipilotti Rist, Carolee Schneemann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Frank Stella, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jean Tinguely, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Franz West and Manabu Yamanaka. Czech art is represented by, among others, Josef Bolf, Jiří Černický, Krištof Kintera, Zdena Kolečková, Stanislav Kolíbal, Jan Nálevka, Ivan Pinkava, František Skála, Vladimír Skrepl, Richard Stipl, and Kateřina Šedá.

The dialogue initiated by the present exhibition between the works on display and the audience, as well as among individual artworks themselves, extends to the accompanying programme prepared by the respective educational departments of the two institutions and in cooperation with the docents from the Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin. The programme builds upon the visionary interactive concept of the Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, whose method involves “docents”, a group of guides of a half-art historical or half-scientific and half-artistic training, who seek to engage in dialogue with the visitors.



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