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11-jul.-2017 - 6-okt.-2017

"Abandoned churches" in front of Pilsen House in Brussels

Together with the Representation of the Pilsen Region to the EU, the Czech Centre invites students of the Ladislav Sutnar’s Faculty of Design and Art to bring their works to Brussels and construct an ambitious site-specific project at the square Jamblinne de Meux in front of the Pilsen House. The students of sculpture will present the exhibition of a project “Abandoned churches” within which they between the years 2012 – 2015 created 12 land-art installations in the abandoned churches in the region of Pilsen. The opening of the exhibition will be held on 11th July from 6PM with the authors and it will stay at square Jamblinne de Meux for about three more months.

The project of abandoned churches

The project was carried out with significant support of Pilsen - European Capital of Culture project and by the Pilsen Region. The main aim of the project was not reconstructing the particular abandoned sacral monuments in the border area, but pointing out the problem of the forgotten churches itself. The purpose of site-specific installations in damaged churches is to indicate the long history of these places, which were able to keep their inner strength, though the attention of nowadays society is drawn to something else.

The highlight of the project was creation of a brand new pilgrimage trail in 2015, which connects 20 sacral monuments that were sentenced to fall into disrepair in the communist regime. These dilapidating or completely ruined churches were chosen from 122 desolated sacred objects in the Pilsner diocese.

Visitors of the exhibition in Brussels will have a chance to experience the atmosphere of these lost places through the photo documentation of 12 chosen abandoned churches of the Pilsen Region, which will be accompanied by a large format sculptural project located in the park just across the Pilsen House in Brussels, which relates to the spirit of the whole project.

Students and alumni of the professor Jiří Beránek from Ladislav Sutnar’s Faculty of Design and Art focus above all at landart and site-specific installations. Landart developed in the end of the 60´s in the USA as a part of contemporary interest of artists in the creation, which is intellectually and physically dependent on the specific site. Such work of art, which is created inseparably from the context of its place of origin is called “site specific”. The artist enters a new impulsive relationship with a “wild” landscape and the landscape of nowadays modern city. The outcome is that instead of walking around the sculpture, the public becomes involved in the landart and is forced to feel the environment around. The space and its perception are essential. It is not just about the sculptures as objects, but about the coherence with the place, which is determining for the output. The exhibition in Brussels will be presented in a way the public is encouraged to stop in the busy streets of European District and immerse in the art. Who knows, maybe you’ll wake up not under a tree but under a church vault.


When: Opening of the exhibition: 11th July 2017, 6PM (on display until 6th October)

Where: Place de Jamblinne de Meux 31, Brussels

More information at https://fdu.zcu.cz/en/1424-specific-landart-exhibition




Place de Jamblinne de Meux 31, B-1030 Brusel - Schaerbeek


Van: 11-jul.-2017
T/m: 6-okt.-2017

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