In Pilsen, there’s an array of active art schools. As part of the University of West Bohemia, you’ll find the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, where many Czech artists do their work. Their creations are then displayed in a number of galleries you’ll find here. All of them are located in the centre of the city. Amongst the most significant rank the Gallery of West Bohemia, the Pilsen Municipal Gallery, the Gallery of Jiří Trnka, and the Gallery of Ladislav Sutnar. The Museum of West Bohemia and DEPO2015 also hold interesting exhibits for the general public. Check out our overview of current exhibits in galleries and museums in the city of Pilsen.
The Work and Transformation of the Art Scene (until May 29)
As part of the Smetana Days Festival in Pilsen, the exposition hall “13” in the Gallery of West Bohemia is focused on a topical subject – the Pilsen Interdisciplinary Symposium on the issues of the 19th century. The aim is to present artistic works that, during their time, caused or were meant to cause a transformation of the aesthetic and moral qualities of the domestic, Austrian-Czech-German art scene of the 19th century. The concept of the exhibition is based not only on the research of exhibitions held in countries of the Czech crown between 1824-1914, where such individual works frequently resonated but also from the current knowledge of the art academy reforms, often connecting the new program with one specific work exhibited and discussed abroad.
West Point – SÓLO | Tomáš Predka (until 5 June)
West Point is a select project of middle generation painters whose creations helped form the environment in Pilsen. The author Tomáš Predka, known from last year’s group exhibition, who will be presented in a separate project, will preside in the Pilsen Municipal Gallery. The exhibition is primarily an opportunity for young authors, and it aims to map and discover new authors on the Pilsen scene, later to follow their further artistic development after graduating from art school.
Interactive exposition The Little Prince (until 7 July)
Given its success domestically and abroad, the interactive exhibit The Little Prince by well-known artist Eliška Podzimková, which features augmented reality, is moving to Pilsen’s Papírna cultural centre. The exposition is accompanied by photography captured in Iceland, with the addition of the world-renowned author’s illustrations drawn in the style of the book The Little Prince. Visitors can view the constantly moving Little Prince and fox on the application that is free to download on any smartphone.
Michal Cihlář – Still-Life with a Thrown Gauntlet (Zátiší s hozenou rukavicí) (until August 28)
The Gallery of West Bohemia is currently inviting visitors to its exposition hall “Masné krámy” to see the exhibit created by the famous graphic artist Michal Cihlář, who is often considered the pioneer of Czech modern linocut. As the author himself says, his exhibit is about silence, neglected realism, and, last but not least, the return to traditional imaging. By way of illustration, alongside the main exhibited prints you’ll also find their linoleum sheets. In this way, gallery visitors get a glimpse into the creative process as well as the artist’s environment.
Interactive exposition Up into the Sky (until August 31)
In the cultural centre DEPO2015 you can currently find an interactive adventure exposition Up into the Sky (Vzhůru do oblak) which will take you to the world of myths and fairytales, flying, and even the laws of physics. Together with your children, you’ll set off on a journey from the origins of flight, passing through the inspirations drawn from flying animals and plants, and ending at the ethical questions and ecological consequences of today’s form of flying. You’ll take a look into a natural laboratory, launch a self-made rocket, and even experience what it’s like to have your very own wings.
The Triple Life of Medieval Pottery (until 25 September)
The current exhibition in the Gallery of West Bohemia strives to capture the evolution of medieval pottery in its various stages, beginning with its creation in the potter’s workshop, all the way to its application in the homestead. For smaller visitors, the exhibition includes a children’s workshop that allows them to try their hand at working as a medieval potter, a modern archaeologist, or a museum restorer. The exposition also has on display a prestigious selection of ceramic products from four royal cities; Brno, Pilsen, Jihlava, and České Budějovice.