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 Temporary exhibitions in 2017

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Vasarely

2. 2. – 2. 4. 2017

An exhibition that will make your head spin. At the Špilberk castle, from 2nd February 2017 you can visit an exhibition that you have never seen before. This time Brno City Museum presents an op-art icon – Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely. Colourful and black-and-white geometric figures, optical illusions and spectacular scenes – this is how Vasarely´s pieces of art can be described in short. After all, his painting Zebra (1937) is considered to be one of the early op art (optical art) examples. Nevertheless, the expression „op art“ has been used no earlier than in the 60th of the 20th century! This proves Vasarely has been significantly ahead of his time.

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Sunday promenade. The world of Brno promenades and walking sticks

23. 2. – 21. 5. 2017

On Sundays our ancestors traditionally went not only to church service followed by a nice dinner, but also for a walk with family or friends, usually ending up in one of the Brno restaurants or cafes. The exhibition portrays the atmosphere of city promenades and rambles. You can see not only period fashion or smoking accessories, but also walking sticks from the collection of Šimon Ryšavý – the collector, the bookseller, the publisher, and the coffee bar owner. The exhibition covers the period from the end of the 18th century, when Lužánky park was established,  being the first public city park in the Czech lands, though the golden era of promenades during Austro-Hungarian Empire and the First Republic, until the current days, when public open spaces in Brno are coming to life again and walking sticks have just came into fashion again.

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Unwanted heritage. Architect Jan Dvořák (1925–1998)

20. 4. – 2. 7. 2017

The monographic exhibition dedicated to the work of an architect Jan Dvořák is an important endeavor not only for remembering Jan Dvořák as an important Brno figure, but also for strengthening the 2nd half of the 20th century´s architectonic production´s position in the public awareness. Jan Dvořák was an author of numerous realizations in Brno and its neighborhood, an architect publishing and engaged in the contemporary cases related to the protection of architecture of the interwar period or urbanistic development of the city. Despite that his work has not been described in the academic literature yet and many of his buildings have suffered modern interventions, conversions and demolitions ruining an important footprint of the modern Brno history.

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Buildings as big as Brno. From fortification to prefabricated concrete buildings

1. 6. – 31. 12. 2017

Come to visit the medieval and the modern times of the building trades and the development of the Brno city buildings. The exhibition topic is symbolically delimited by the construction of the city walls, as the fundamental characteristic of the medieval town, on one side, and the development of the prefabricated concrete buildings as the „contemporary“ walls on the other. The exhibition is divided into parts representing a church, city walls, a burgess house and a castle (fortress) and here various building trades will be presented. The last part will present the development of the modern living in the 19th and 20th century. The functional replicas of the medieval crane and rammer from the 15th century placed to the castle´s exterior form an attractive feature of the exhibition.

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Rats

7. 6. – 27. 8. 2017

From a small junkyard near the Vizovice Castle, two Rats Hubert and Hodan, living in the drawers of an old sewing machine along with their friend, Louis the plaster gnome, go to visit the Špilberk castle. At the castle, like at the junkyard in the fresh landfill trash, a white laboratory rat from Prague called Ed joins them. The exhibition portrays the life and adventures of two rat friends in a junkyard, but also the „behind the scenes“ of shooting of this popular animated bedtime story.

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Jiřina Žertová – Layers

13. 7. – 3. 9. 2017

Jiřina Žertová (1932) is one of our most significant representatives of the glass-making art. During 1950–1955 she studied at the College of Applied Arts in the studio of monumental painting and glass of Professor Josef Kaplický. Since the sixties of the 20th century she has produced glass vases and blown glass objects, surrounded by the multicolored thin lines of cast glass. Her objects are distinctive for their diversity of colors and originality of shape. Since the 90´s she has worked with sheet glass. She layered the sheets and processed them with the dripping method, connecting the colorful parts into illusory objects – e.g. into coloful spheres, cubes or dynamic clumps of frozen colors. The exhibition will present the summary of her sixty-years old production.

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Radek Kratina – Constants and variables

30. 8. – 15. 10. 2017

Native of Brno, Radek Kratina (1928–1999), is a pioneer of the variable approach to production , when the spectator shapes the form of artwork. The exhibition will present not only Kratina´s known structures of safety matches, corc stoppers or pasta letters, wooden reliefs or metal three-dimensional variables, but also less known indigo print fabrics presented at the Expo 58 exhibition in Brussels. The exhibition summarizes the artistic journey of Radek Kratina from the 60´s until the 90´s of the 20th century and will show also several interventions with his colleagues from the Concretists Club – Jiří Hilmar, Tomáš Rajlich, Dalibor and Ivan Chatrný. How do points, lines, grids and rhythms work together and how does the spectator engage to the work? The exhibition will show the constructivism, op art, minimalism and kinetic art development.

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One tribe

24. 9. – 31. 12. 2017

One tribe is an art project with a story in which creatures known to most humans as goblins come alive. In their own language they are called Uruki and at the exhibition the visitors will look deeply at the everyday life of a tribe called Snaga. The exhibition of photographs and story passages will present the tribe camp, the visitors will experience fight and hunt along with the gladiators, they will witness a mysterious ritual and with their own eyes they will see the funeral of the old shaman. If you like original fantasy novels and you would like to visit a naturalistic world of a wild tribe, then this is a show just for you.

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Magical world of computer games

23. 11. 2017 – 14. 1. 2018

Computers and virtual reality are a natural thing for today´s young generation. The child´s imagination is affected by the visuality of the computer games often played by the children. Besides purposefully created computer games there are also artistically creative games made by authorial teams, in which, besides the game, an important role is played also by the original visual solution. Professional artists applying procedures used for creation of the artwork are often involved during their production. The exhibition will interactively present not only completed computer games, but also their partial phases used during their creation – sketches, studies and spatial models. Visitors can see works of famous makers such as Amanita Design, but also smaller teams such as Paperash or Hangonit.