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From June 1 to June 30, you can see in Czech Centre Prague the joint exhibitions representing Czech participation at Olympic Games 2012.

From June 1 to June 30, Czech Centre Prague is presenting the projects of Czech Centre London and Czech Olmypic Comitee prepared for the Olympic Games 2012. The exhibit has several parts: exhibit Coal and Steel, charity project Disorient Express London – Prague, programme for kids Paint your Olympic Games, the photographic exhibit London 2012, presentation by Czech Olympic House We live London! and historic Olympic posters.

Czech Open 2012, the Czech cultural season in Islington (March – August 2012), will make its mark on the Islington art scene with the opening of Coal and Steel: an exhibition presenting works by the best Czech and British contemporary artists. The event is inspired by the original Olympic idea, from the beginning of the 20th century ,to link sports and arts. The exhibition, which also features a special charitable project Disorient Express London – Prague, will also be displayed in Prague in June and at the Czech House in London during the Olympic Games.


Ladislav Pflimpfl, Director, Czech Centre London, says: “The Coal and Steel exhibition offers an unusually strong representation of the Czech and British contemporary art scenes. The joining theme of Frantisek Kupka’s modernism together with almost forty participating artists, including the nominees of the Czech most prestigious visual arts award Jindrich Chalupecky Award as well as the YBA artists, promises a unique art collection based on creativity and inspiration. A special feature of the exhibition, a charitable project Disorient Express London – Prague, has already proven to be an exceptional success. Over thirty outstanding artists have donated their artwork to us: model train carriages which will be auctioned at the Czech House during the Olympic Games to help support the Islington-based charity Access to Sports, which works with disadvantaged young people across the borough.“

All the art pieces at the Coal and Steel relate to the era of modernism at the dawn of the 20th century. This era is symbolised by Frantisek Kupka’s painting Amorpha, Fugue in Two Colours. The painting celebrates is 100th anniversary this year and has inspired the visuals of the Czech Olympic team’s uniform for 2012.  The name of the exhibition referes to the fascination for machines and machinary which the Czechs share with the British, including popular enthusiasm for model train carriages and steam engines.

The curators of the exhibition, Jaroslav Krampol and Jaroslav Kysa, have chosen Czech artists who infuse their work with traditional  and contemporary trends; street art and old-shool  techniques. Many of the participating Czech artists live and work in London (Jakub Hosek, Anezka Hoskova, Tereza Buskova, Hynek Marinec), while others live in the Czech Republic but have gained popularity abroad (Jiri Thyn, Jakub Matuska, Jan Pfeiffer, Vladimir 518 and others).


 A unique collection of more than thirty model train carriages, generously donated by Hornby Hobbies Ltd, has been specially created as a part of Coal and Steel and Czech Open 2012. The model carriages were individually commissioned for the project and reworked/decorated by selected Czech and British leading artists before being combined to create a magnificent nine-metre long train. After exhobitions in the UK and Prague, the carriages will be auctioned to raise money for the Islington-based charity Access to Sports, which works with disadvantaged young people accross the borough.

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Jitka Jurková
Czech Centre Prague
Deputy director / PR and Programme Manager
T +420 234 668 507
 M +420 728 586 854

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The Czech Centres promote Czech cultural life on the international stage and actively reinforce the perception of the Czech Republic throughout the world as a modern and creative country with a rich cultural tradition.

The organization was established and is funded by the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairsto advocate on behalf of the Czech Republic abroad.

Their network is comprised of 21 Czech Centres in 19 countries and on 3 continents.