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Come to see Japanese and Japanese inspired art in an exhibition we prepared for Designblok festival. THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME is on view October 4 – 30, 2011. FREE ENTRY!

THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME will host art of Yusuke Nakamura, Ayako Takagi and Jiří Votruba. Curator of the exhibition is Martin Dostal. Opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday October 5, 2011 at 6.00 pm. FREE ENTRY.

Blending Eastern and Western Thought - Blending Design and Fine Arts - Blending Present and Past

The name of the exhibition, Things will never be the same, and its subtitle Back and Around, refer to artists who work with a variety of historically and geographically fixed visual devices, mixing them and creating new, layered artworks,  reflecting our globalized experience; for art has never been an entirely closed entity. For example, we may consider the mutual influences shared by Asian and European cultures throughout past centuries. Another interesting factor is the blending and mixing of visual devices of high art, consumer design and architecture. The exhibition therefore aims to showcase these tendencies through the work of three artists, showing certain uniformity in contemporary visual culture, while still respecting the specifics of the artists’ own environments.

The aim of the exhibition is to work with various visual devices, from the classical form of the image as seen from a Western and Eastern perspective, via spatial objects up to design and architectural devices, in order to draw the attention of the present-day European and Japanese viewer by presenting an integrated exhibition that engages them with its visual and factual interaction. Jiří Votruba will represent the Czech Republic with a series of portraits from the Global Portrait cycle, and also intends to present works including elements of design and architecture at the exhibition. 

The exhibition is a unique opportunity to present top contemporary Japanese and Czech art as a trialogue, showcase the blending of two geographically distant cultures and be a pleasing contribution to traditionally excellent Czech-Japanese relationships.

The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Czech Centre Tokyo, where it will be presented early next year. 


Radka Labendz
Czech Centre Prague
T: 777 055 040
E: labendz@czech.cz