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1685 Days and Nights Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář at Mikulandská No. 7

Jan Zrzavý, Kázání v městečku, 1931, olej, plátno, 72 x 98,5 cm / Jan Zrzavý, Preaching in a Small Town, 1931, oil on canvas, 72 x 98,5 cm
Jan Zrzavý, Kázání v městečku, 1931, olej, plátno, 72 x 98,5 cm / Jan Zrzavý, Preaching in a Small Town, 1931, oil on canvas, 72 x 98,5 cm

12 December 2017 – 10 March 2018

Exhibition presents masterpieces of contemporary and classic art.
Artists such as Kupka, Sýkora, Preisler, Kubišta, Piesen, Sklenář, Lhoták, Trampota, Kolář, Váchal, Kintera, Filla, Reynek, Kolíbal, Wang Guangyi, Zhang Xiaogang, Kratina, Fulla, Pištěk, Lada, Boštík, Malich, Cigler, Prucha, Kovanda, Wu Yi, Pleskot, Slavíček, Kubišta, Kolář, Váchal, Achrer, Číhal, Predka, Jasanský/Polák, Panuška, Muzika, Medek, Bielicky & B. Richter are just a few of those whom gallerist Zdeněk Sklenář loves and admires.

Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář is opening a new exhibition venue in the Baroque Schönkirch Palace in Prague’s Mikulandská Street. In this way, the gallery, which has been active in the art business, education, and publishing since the 1990s will continue to expand.

“How can one instil silence – and that special atmosphere of a temple or a chapel to which Zdeněk Sklenář likes to compare his gallery – into a palace that stood devastated for years and has undergone a qualitative transformation according to the architectural designs of Stanislav Fiala? How is it possible to do this within the context of a now commercially segmented former palace? A difficult task, placing one at a threshold: try and find a solution, or give up. I decided to try, but I do not remember any other time during my career when I had to counterbalance so many contradictions, the most critical of which was the commercial nature of the building versus its charm for art. I think that, ultimately, peace and quiet was installed in Zdeněk’s venue in that specific way that a gallery requires. All that remains is to wait in anticipation to see if visitors will sense that temple-like loftiness… thus would the task be fulfilled.”

Josef Pleskot, Prague, 2017

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