The Importance of Being in a (Moving) Image

The Importance of Being in a (Moving) Image
20.02 to 24.05.2015
National Gallery – Veletržní Palace (Prague)

The National Gallery is going to open in Trade Fair Palace a new long-term project of the Moving Image Department with inaugurating show called The Importance of Being in a (Moving) Image. The title refers to the lecture of Dutch art theorist, video artist and Professor Emeritus of Literary Theory at the University of Amsterdam Mieke Bal that is concentrated on reflection of semiotics and ontology of the image. Opening of a new gallery space in Trade Fair Palace, based primarily on video and film, is a reaction to long lasting absence of these media in collections of modern and contemporary art of the National Gallery in Prague. The first show is presenting works by Portuguese artists Mariana Calo and Francisco Queimadela, American artist Rachel Rose, French artist Aurelien Froment and Mieke Bal herself, who will open the show with her lecture. The Czech art scene is presented by works of Daniel Pitín and Roman Štětina. The Moving Image Department is situated in a previously not used extraordinary space on the ground floor of Trade Fair Palace, redone for this purpose by the architectural concept of Austrian artist Josef Dabernig. Visual identity of the department was created by renowned British artist Liam Gillick whose video work and wall installation would be also present. The exhibition is the result of a curatorial cooperation of Adam Budak, chief curator of the National Gallery in Prague, with Jan Kratochvil and Piotr Sikora.
Veletržní Palace, Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7