Past Exhibitions

Petr Písařík SPACE MAKER

The exhibition Petr Písařík SPACE MAKER offers a representative selection of works by one of those Czech artists who are very hard to pigeonhole. Písařík presents his critical thinking primarily through material, colour, shape and composition. The exhibition is not essentially re...

Mat Collishaw. Standing Water

To be a member of the Young British Artists, or YBAs, in the first half of the 1990s meant to belong in an art gang that has been largely instrumental in planting British art at the forefront of the global art scene. Mat Collishaw was one of the ‘gang leaders’. His first work – B...

Hynek Martinec: Voyage to Iceland

A series of paintings by Hynek Martinec is an illustration of a conceptual pun and tells a fictitious story of a campaign to build a cathedral in Iceland in the first half of the 18th century, and have it decorated with paintings. K. I. Dientzenhofer never built the cathedral, bu...

Domestic Arenas

John Akomfrah, Shimon Attie, Jeremy Deller & Cecilia Bengolea, Stan Douglas, Omer Fast, Kahlil Joseph...

Happening Roger Hiorns: Plane Burial

Roger Hiorns: Plane Burial / The retrospective view of the pathway (pathways), 2017 ongoing Off-site project on the occasion of the 100th exhibition of the gallery’s establishment in 1994...

Krištof Kintera: Nervous Trees

This autumn, Galerie Rudolfinum presents the 100th exhibition since its founding in 1994. To mark this anniversary, the gallery is hosting a large-scale exhibition project of Krištof Kintera which presents a summary of the last five years of the author’s oeuvre, and features some...

Eberhard Havekost. Logik

Galerie Rudolfinum presents an exhibition of the German artist Eberhard Havekost (*1967), one of the leading representatives of the new generation of painters, who work with digital visual language. The exhibition called Logik is an author selection of works by Eberhard Havekost ...

Juergen Teller: Enjoy Your Life!

Considered one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary photographers, Juergen Teller has successfully straddled the interface of both art and commercial photography. He came to fame twenty-five years ago in 1991 when he photographed the band Nirvana, and his iconic pictures...

Last Year in Marienbad. Film as Art

Director Alain Resnais’s Last Year in Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad, 1961) is one of the most frequently cited classics of postwar cinema. Its visual attractiveness and novel approach to filmmaking has inspired not only subsequent filmmakers but also artists, photograph...

Taryn Simon

Birds in the James Bond films, illegal imports confiscated at JFK airport, algorithms of picture collections, secretive bases of American religious, administrative or military institutions… New York artist Taryn Simon (b. 1975) will present six projects from 2007 until 2014 at th...

Jiří Černický / Wild Dreams

Jiří Černický prepared for the Galerie Rudolfinum a specific project based on a series of more than fifty drawings and counting the same number of objects and installations, out of which more than a half was created solely for this exhibition. Environmental, social and para-scien...

FLAESH

Galerie Rudolfinum presents a unique exhibition of five international female artists, who significantly influenced the art scene of today. Works by Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois will be introduced in individual presentations in...

Roger Hiorns

Roger Hiorns (born 1975 in Birmingham, UK) is a leading representative of the young generation of international artists. In 2009, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for his powerful installation Seizure, in which he covered the walls of a London flat in copper sulfate crysta...

Petr Veselý. Angel, Shadow

Very early on in his career, the painter Petr Veselý accomplished a minimalistically parsimonious expression capable of resonating the fine warp and weft of inner ideas and feelings. His pictures are distinguished by the utmost reduction and the elimination of everything narrativ...

MODEL

The exhibition presents a selection of contemporary authors, including some of the internationally most acclaimed artists who in their work explore the phenomenon of models and modelling – either constructing 3D models, or using models to create paintings, photographs and videos....

Ana Mendieta: Traces

During her brief yet prolific career, Ana Mendieta generated a uniquely inventive visual language that is at once intimate, provocative and compelling....

Barbara Probst. Total Uncertainty

Barbara Probst works with multiple images of a single scene, taken at the same time using several synchronized cameras. This approach breaks down the viewer’s singularity – it is not clear where the viewer is located within the given situation, which viewpoint is “his”. Probst es...

Cake and Lemon Eaters. Viktor Pivovarov a Ged Quinn

The Russian painter Viktor Pivovarov (1937) and the British artist Ged Quinn (1963) are presented together in a show exhibiting a compact collection that encompasses a compelling range of their work, with an emphasis on still lifes. ...

Only The Good Ones: The Snapshot Aesthetic Revisited

The exhibition explores the extensive influence of the snapshot on variety of practitioners working in photography throughout the 20th Century and beyond, with particular focus on the last 25 years....

Jake & Dinos Chapman. The Blind Leading the Blind

The work of the Chapman brothers, this highly regarded pair, who are an integral and very-clearly visible part of the international art scene, is characteristic by its diversity, not only due to a variety of artistic techniques, but also the range of ideas, themes and topics whic...

Raqib Shaw

This will be the first time that a representative selection of the works of Raqib Shaw will be shown in the Czech Republic. Works from previous years, which form the pinnacle of his work thus far, have been chosen for the Prague exhibition. The uniqueness of the exhibition also l...

Carlos Relvas – Object of Eternity

Galerie Rudolfinum is preparing a representative profile of the works of Carlos Relvas (1838-1894), a founding figure of Portuguese photography. The exhibition is conceived as a tour exhibition, and after its premiere in Prague it will head to other European cities....

Nightfall. New Tendencies in Figurative Painting

The exhibition presents representative survey of contemporary figurative painting in the works of over twenty artists from nine countries. The theme of the exhibition is inspired by a short story of Isaac Asimov from 1941. Its foundation is the question of what happens to the pla...

The Butterfly Effect? The Image as Multidirectional Deconstruction of the Whole

6 ways to dramatize an image  6 ways of multifaceted deconstruction of a whole that continuously decays  6 ways of expressional defragmentation of an image...

Beyond Reality. British Painting Today

The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic and under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda....

Faces. The Phenomenon of Face in Videoart

The human face has traditionally been one of central themes in visual art, namely in portraiture and self-portraiture. The advent of the moving picture – first came film, later videoart – in the 20th century opened a whole host of new possibilities and dimensions for facial repre...

Shirana Shahbazi: Then Again

The exhibition presents eighteen mostly large-format photographs by Shirana Shahbazi (* 1974 in Tehran, Iran, she lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland). The Exhibition is organised in co-operation with Fotomuseum Winterthur....

Bernd & Hilla Becher: Coal Mines. Steel Mills.

The Bernd and Hilla Becher exhibition presents a unique collection of 95 black and white photographs of industrial landscapes. The Exhibition is organised in co-operation with Josef Albers Museum, Quadrat Bottrop....

Thus Spoke LaChapelle

Galerie Rudolfinum presents photography exhibition of American photographer David LaChapelle, which includes a representative overview of the most important periods and milestones of his work....

Jan Hísek: Night Rider

The exhibition of paintings by Jan Hísek, aptly called Night Rider, is a summary of his painting over the last approximately seven years....

Kontroverze. A Legal and Ethical History of Photography

The exhibited photographs may be shocking. The organizer recommends that sensitive persons, minors and those who do not wish to be confronted with shocking images consider whether they wish to visit the exhibition....

Undeniably Me

The exhibition focuses on the reflection and changes in the perception and identity in contemporary art. Its open concept creates a network of relations that bring the possibility of new reading and interpretation of both the works themselves, and the given theme. ...

Adriena Šimotová. Revelations (2008–10)

Galerie Rudolfinum is presenting in its small gallery the latest artwork of Adriena Šimotová – specifically that which was created over the past three years when she returned to her work....

Mutating Medium. Photography in Czech Art 1990–2010

The exhibition captures the metamorphosis of photography as artistic media in the dynamic environment of the past two decades influenced by sweeping political changes and technological development aimed at mass digitalization and the democratization of image media....

Decadence Now!

The Decadence Now! Visions of Excess is the international exhibition project of its kind which attempts to conceptually work with the concept of decadence in current art. The exhibition is not divided chronologically, but thematically into sequential sections which fluently and l...

Landscape / Image / Photography

Landscape photography emerged as a specific genre shortly after photography was invented and began to be used in a practical way. Yet this had not been a matter of course: the perception of the natural environment as subject matter worthy of depiction, not to mention the apprecia...

Double Fantasy

Jan Jedlička (CH), Michal Šeba (CZ), Beate Gütschow (D), Petr Nedoma (CZ)...

Herbert Tobias (1924–1982)

Herbert Tobias (1924–1982) was the enfant terrible among the German photographers of the post-war period; In the fifties, he made a name for himself with glamorous fashion shots, becoming a star photographer within a very short time – and yet he always remained a non-conformist. ...

Georg Baselitz. Paintings 1960–2008

Georg Baselitz / 1960–2008 exhibition show wide section of Baselitz´s ouevre, holds all its phases and approximates painters individual style, which stays true to objective image of reality, despite of all experiments. Fact, that from the year 1969 he standing motives, figures on...

Damien Hirst: Life, Death and Love

Hirst was born Bristol in 1965, and studied at Goldsmith’s College in London. He first attracted attention as a beginning author in the British art scene, and in 1993, he achieved his first international success at the Venice biennale. He acquired a firm position on the global ma...

Undercurrent

Jiří Straka, Martin Eder, Jonathan Meese, Josef Bolf...

Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures

Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures focuses on the artist’s screen tests and non-narrative films from 1963-73. Within it we see sequences of his “most beautiful women” – screen tests featuring “Baby” Jane Holzer, Ivy Nicholson, Edie Sedgwick – and other works that showcase a parade of f...

Chinese Painting. Zhang Xiaogang, Fang Lijun, Feng Mengbo

A triple exhibition of the recent painting of three of today’ evidently most prestigious Chinese medium generation painters, of whom primarily Zhang Xiaogang stands at the absolute peak not only in China but also within the Euro-American art world. Whilst all three ensue from a h...

Gottfried Helnwein: Angels Sleeping

The exhibition Angels Sleeping is a thematic cross-section, predominantly of the painting work of the Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein (born in Vienna in 1948). The five sections of the exhibition present the fundamental circuits of Helnwein’s work. The introduction comprises h...

Gregory Crewdson

The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the amazingly beautiful but also disquieting oeuvre of the American photographer Gregory Crewdson (born 1962 in New York)....

Jiří Sopko

The exhibition at Galerie Rudolfinum once again – after German painter Neo Rauch – will be profiling a forceful and, in today’s environment, exceptional painting talent. This representative selection from the broad range of works by Jiří Sopko (b. 1942), respected artist, teacher...

Neo Rauch: Neue Rollen

This survey exhibition at the Galerie Rudolfinum is Neo Rauch’s largest one-man show to date in a Czech museum context. Organized in close collaboration with Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, it brings together some 40 paintings....

Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation

This major retrospective represents the first comprehensive overview of the work of Shomei Tomatsu (born 1930, Nagoya) and bears witness to his status within the Japanese post-war avant-garde and his role in the development of modern Japanese photography....

Erwin Dubský: Journal of a Voyage

Erwin Antonín Anna Dubský, a Frigate Captain in the Austro-Hungarian navy, was a member of an old Bohemian aristocratic family which, in the 19th century, resided at the Moravian chateau in Lysice. In the years 1874–1876, Dubský sailed around the world aboard the corvette Erzherz...

ACNE

The Richard Adam collection is, in its complex scope, the most extensive grouping of Czech painting from the mid-1980s up to the present to be found in the Czech Republic. Starting with the generation of the “Tvrdohlaví” (Hardheads), it runs through the lyricist tendencies of the...

Rineke Dijkstra: Portraits

The Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra (1959) has achieved international acclaim through her powerful cycles of portraits, focusing primarily on highly specific, ordinary people and their individual fates and emotions. Her large-format portraits are simple, rendered in subtle col...

Václav Jirásek: Industria

Václav Jirásek (b. 1965 in Karviná) belongs to the intermediate generation of Czech artists who have selected photography as their chosen medium. At the instigation of Galerie Rudolfinum, he has now completed a special project, to be presented to the viewing public from February ...

Annelies Štrba

What is seemingly the most accessible form of the photographic medium – the family photograph – has been transformed into a vital theme in the oeuvre of Swiss photographer Annelies Štrba (1947). Through the depth of her treatment, her ability to see new qualities in what has been...

Alén Diviš

In the past thirty years, for Czech art Alén Diviš (1900 – 1956) has become synonymous with the concept of the artistic outsider. The difficult to classify loner, creator of hallucinatory visions, horror scenes, and passionate religious depictions, is one of the least researched ...

Skála in Rudolfinum

František Skála, a founding member of B.K.S. and Commander of the Order of the Green Ladybird, ranks amongst the most original creators in Czech visual art to have fundamentally departed from the well-worn clichés of ordinary artistic production over the last twenty years....

Ivan Pinkava: Heroes

Ivan Pinkava (born 1961) ranks amongst today’s most renowned Czech photographers and is one of those who have also managed to break successfully onto the international scene. The exhibition entitled Heroes is the first systematic gathering of his work from its beginnings at the b...

Czech Photography; 1840–1950

The first comprehensive publications and photographic exhibitions, for example, 100 Years of Czech Photography in Prague in 1939, focused on technical issues. This approach was gradually replaced by the presentation of photography as an art form, which has flourished during the l...

A Strange Heaven

Chinese contemporary art literally burst onto the international art scene in the early 1990s and since then has achieved a firm position within today´s art world. Chinese artists participate in big international exhibition events; foremost museums and institutions organise exhibi...

Czechoslovak socialist realism

Socialist Realism is typically associated with the Soviet visionary culture of the early years of the “first” communist state. The form of Soviet art was dictated by a political programme, which simultaneously was promising to build up a humane society through violence. Typical f...

Mikuláš Medek

With the retrospective exhibition of the work of Mikuláš Medek (1926 – 1974), held under the auspices of Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, Galerie Rudolfinum aims to continue its exhibition project devoted to the most significant personalities of the Czech visual art...

Michael Biberstein: Towards Silence

The Swiss painter Michael Biberstein (1948) has prepared a project specifically for Galerie Rudolfinum, featuring a large collection of new pictures, supplemented with a number of crucial works from the nineties. The theme of Michael Biberstein’s work is an artificially construed...

Pavel Baňka: Infinity

An exhibition of sixty black and white large-format photographs by prominent Czech photographer Pavel Baňka (1941). In Infinity, the viewer encounters pictures devoid of people, at a mid-point between landscape photography and abstraction. In the context of the modern and post-mo...

Jiří David: The Glow

A unique project by a Czech artist founded on the accentuation of one of the most significant symbols of Christianity located in an entirely neutral space....

Bettina Rheims a Serge Bramly: I.N.R.I.

The photographic project of French photographer Bettina Rheims (1952) and Frech writer, philosopher and photographer Serge Bramly (1949) sprang from the idea to create a current-day visualisation of the story of Jesus. Applying genuinely contemporary visual techniques, they prese...

Wings of Glory

The goal of the exhibition was to point out the cultural parallels between France and Central European art from the last quarter of the 19th century through to the 1910s, highlighting the significant influence of the then-existing French center on the formation of culture in the ...

Atelier Langhans. A Gallery of Celebrities

The Prague photographer Jan Langhans was a leading portraitist in Bohemia. From 1888 to 1848 hundred of thousands of people had their portraits made in his studio....

Qui Shi-hua: Landscapes

Major show by one of the most prominent contemporary Chinese landscape painters presents masterpieces by Qiu Shi-hua from the 1990s....

Fast>>Forward

The exhibition showed the works by 11 artists from the continental China, Hong Kong and Taiwan presenting both traditional video films showing the different faces of the specific Chinese culture, past and present, and interactive installations whose message is generally understan...

Petr Nikl: Nests of Games

A six-week variable playground combining visual, musical and theatrical forms in mutually open play with continuous participation of various ensembles, artists and guests....

Kupka – Waldes. The Artist and His Collector

The exhibition presented works by František Kupka from the extensive collection of the Waldes Gallery, which was confiscated by Nazi and Communist powers and was returned to the inheritors in 1996. Kupka’s work made up a very significant part of the collection thanks to the frien...

Václav Stratil: Czech Landscape

The exhibited project of over-sized color photographs by Václav Stratil entitled Czech Landscape completes Stratil’s identification desire he had cultivated throughout the 1990s. This time it is achieved thanks to the contribution of the public photo studio on Vodičkova Street, w...

Martin Mainer. Trailer of the Forest of Forests

Martin Mainer (born 1959) is one of the outstanding figures of contemporary Czech painting. Mainer’s exhibition at the Galerie Rudolfinum features a cross-section of his painting with an emphasis on his latest works from the years 1998–99....

Crossings. Art to hear and to see

The theme of the exhibition are the crossings between music and visual art, experimental work involving various musical and sound elements, which had throughout the 20th century largely expanded the concept of new music, as well as the limits of what was regulary understood as vi...

Roman Buxbaum. Meine Kunst

The theme of the exhibition by the Swiss artist of Czech descent was the issue of the roots of Nazism and the Holocaust. In this context it also dealed with the media manipulation of the masses by the falsification of data through ideological propaganda as well as thougt and feel...

Nan Goldin: I'll Be Your Mirror

This wide retrospective of Nan Goldin’s work was divided into three parts: the early works from the 'seventies, Goldin’s “wild years” in New York and the period following her withdrawal from drug addiction....

Jürgen Klauke

The exhibition has been concieved of as a retrospective with an emphasis on his art from 1970s and 1990s. The evolution of Jürgen Klauke’s art has been ahown from his provocative Anarchoaesthetic performances and photographic pictures of the 1970s through the famous series Sunday...

Cindy Sherman. Retrospektiva

Velká retrospektivní výstava významné americké fotografky Cindy Sherman (1954) předložila české veřejnosti vůbec poprvé obsáhlý průřez její tvorbou od poloviny 70. let až do současnosti (152 děl z let 1975–1996)....

František Drtikol: Photographer, Painter, Mystic

The exhibition of the photographer František Drtikol, an important figure of the modernist photography, encompassed selected works from all periods of his carrer. Together with his well known photographic work, also his paintings and drawings were shown in public for the first ti...

Last Painting

The project of Milena Slavická presented young, emerging artist who turned their attention towards the traditional medium of painting. The exhibition aimed at examining the possibillities of the medium and setting stage for the mutual confrontation of the artists. The title itsel...

Angel, Angel

The exhibition was first shown in Kunsthalle Wien (June11 – September 7, 1997), and from the very start was conceived for both Kunsthalle Wien and Galerie Rudolfinum where a modified version was shown. It was a large presentation of 47 mostly contemporary international artists (9...

Cathy de Monchaux

Výstava britské sochařky Cathy de Monchaux, dnes jedné z nejvýznačnějších představitelek současné britské scény, v Galerii Rudolfinum byla prvním představením její tvorby v České republice a zároveň jedinou zahraniční reprízou londýnské expozice. Galerie Rudolfinum touto výstavou...

Czech Imaginative Art

The exhibition was based on the contents of the book, edited with the support of the Open Society Institute. The book is an anthology of essays which the art theorist František Šmejkal wrote on the respective theme in the years 1960 – 1988. The book included both published and un...

Tváře a těla Říše středu

Výstava byla první reprezentativní přehlídkou současného čínského umění u nás. Představila vybranou kolekci děl některých z nejvýznamnějších umělců čínské výtvarné avantgardy 90 let. Téma výstavy – lidské tělo a tvář – odráželo dominantní postavení těchto konceptů v současném čín...

Jiří Georg Dokoupil: catalogo

Jiří Georg Dokoupil is one of the not many Czech artists of post-war period to be established fully on the international art scene. The more interesting is that the exhibition in Galerie Rudolfinum was the first comprehensive presentation of his work in the Czech Republic. Galeri...

Tomáš Císařovský: Without Horses

The series of portraits represents the present progeny of the most outstanding aristocratic families, bound by their origin or relations with the Czech territory. With this work, Tomáš Císařovský linked up to the part of his work revoking the issue of national identity. The serie...

Zbyšek Sion: Paintings 1958–1966

An extensive retrospective of paintings and drawings by Zbyšek Sion was the largest ever exhibition of the artist’s work which was presented as a whole – from the beginnings in late 1950s till present day....

Viktor Pivovarov: Sonya and Angels

Viktor Pivovarov, born in Moscow, was one of the founders of the first wave of the Moscow school of Conceptual Art. Since 1982 he has been living in Prague. The exhibition presented the installation The Unlimited Possibilities of Painting, the series The Diary of a Teenager, Time...

David Rabinowitch. Works 1963–1964

An extraordinary project developed specifically for the Galerie Rudolfinum. All exhibited works were made in Prague on basis of drawings from an important period of the artist’s carreer, namely the years 1963 – 1964. It was for the first time that the respective pieces were reali...

Memento Mori

A collection of photographs of the All Saints hapel at the cemetery in Sedlec near Kutná Hora originated as a joint project of Václav Jirásek, Robert V. Novák and Ivan Pinkava. The aim of the project was to achieve not only a unique photographic series of artistic value, but also...

Architect Josef Zítek and Prague's Rudolfinum

The exhibition was conceived as a cross-section of the work and life of the architect Josef Zítek with focus on the Rudolfinum building which was, after the National Theatre, another joint project of Josef Zítek and Josef Schulz. The exhibition commemorated the 110th anniversary ...

Vladimír Škoda: Constellations

The first big exhibition in the Czech Republic of the Czech sculptor who has been living in France since 1969. Vladimír Škoda created for the exhibition in Galerie Rudolfinum a special project “Hommage a Jan Kepler”. The entire exhibition was a part of the project “Constellations...

Jiří David: Hidden Image

The project by Jiří David, realized during 1991 – 1995 in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Austria, France and in the USA, is founded on a method developed at the beginning of the 20th century – photographs of a face are divided while in negative into two equal parts, so that...

Jiří David: Hidden Image

The project by Jiří David, realized during 1991 – 1995 in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Austria, France and in the USA, is founded on a method developed at the beginning of the 20th century – photographs of a face are divided while in negative into two equal parts, so that...

Josef Váchal

Paintings, drawings, watercolour and pastel drawings, reliefs, wooden sculptures, prints, books printed by the artist, sketchbooks, series of drawings, watersolour and pastel drawings, reliefs, wooden sculptures, prints, books printed by the artist, sketchbooks, series of drawing...

Václav Stratil: Stray Dog

Projekt Zatoulaný pes byl připraven speciálně pro Galerii Rudolfinum. Autor zde představuje romantický až banální kolorit roztomilých exotických zvířátek, tak jak je známe z knižních reprodukcí, přetavené v podivuhodnou obsahovost, v příběhy tajemného kouzla. V temné přehuštěné š...

Propaganda for Happines

An exhibition presenting the Soviet art of Socialist Realism from a historical point of view, shown first in Kassel and Petersburg. Petr Nedoma in collaboration with other curators produced a specific version of the exhibition focusing on painting exclusively. Reproduced music of...

Pavel Opočenský: No Title

The exhibition of sculptures by Pavel Opočenský (born 1954) was the first public presentation of the Galerie Rudolfinum that originated in its present form by January 1, 1994. The conception of the gallery’s activities and its exhibition programme for 1994 were presented at t...

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