Josef Šíma: The Road to Le Grand Jeu

The end of the Habsburg Monarchy and the rise of an independent Czechoslovak state played a key role in the establishing of international contacts by the Czech avant‑garde. Unlike most of the inter‑war European avant‑garde movements where contacts with their Czech counterparts were rather sparse, communication between Czech and French artists was quite extensive. It could be credited for the most part to Josef Šíma.  »

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The Great War

Does modernity, whose contradictions accumulate in the war, is inevitably destructive? The exhibition does not give a definitive answer to this question, but presenting the First World War as a clash of various, often contradictory forces, interests and ideas – sometimes modernization, sometimes traditional – aims to create a space in which it resounds and, above all, to open the field to reflection on the nature of modernity changed by war. 

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“Re‑Generation. Jewish Life in Poland.” Exhibition of photographs by Chuck Fishman

An exhibition of unique photographs by the outstanding American photographer Chuck Fishman, documenting the life of the Jewish community in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s, and nowadays. In his photographs, Fishman set out to capture the final chapter in the history of Polish Jewry. Fishman sought to perpetuate the memory of a community that he was sure was disappearing before his very eyes. He worked mainly in large cities, formerly important Jewish centres, where Jewish life somehow still “smouldered”.

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Tychy – sacrum in a socialist city

Tychy is a unique city – created according to a coherent concept in just a few decades. From the perspective of the authorities, there was no place for the church in the newly created reality, which essentially contradicted the needs of the forming community. Over the next decades, small communities cemented by energetic clerics achieved their goals despite numerous obstacles, effectively using all the moments of political fluctuations. The exhibition will feature a dozen or so churches designed during the great city construction (1951–1989) and pre‑existing buildings that have become part of its expanding borders.

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Freedom. The art of the Novembergruppe 1918–1935

Democracy and diversity. Launched in November 1918 during the revolution in Berlin, the association of artists known as the Novembergruppe quickly became an influential and innovative player in the art world and public arena of the Weimar Republic. With its pluralist philosophy, the association was open to every style in the visual arts, but also to architects, writers, composers, and filmmakers. 

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Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm has long numbered among the global stars of contemporary art. His drawings from recent years – drawings that exhibit great thematic and technical diversity – are the focus of an exhibition at the Albertina Museum. Erwin Wurm takes time to draw nearly every day. These drawings represent reflections and commentaries on the world and serve to record the artist’s ideas, thus encompassing his entire creative cosmos. »