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05.09.2019 19:00

archint 1989_cz:de: Brutal Treatment of Brutalism

Two new publications on brutalist architecture in Prague will be presented. First, a richly visual piece with many photographs titled "Prague Brutally Beautiful: Exceptional Buildings Constructed in Prague Between 1969 and 1989”. The second piece takes a more academic approach "Beton, Břasy, Boletice. Brutalist Prague”. The impulse for both projects came from the recent demolition of buildings that were only appreciated by a minority, and were yet to be taken seriously by experts. Now is this the last cry of desperation, or the beginning of a wider public and official appreciation? How will brutalist buildings be dealt with in Berlin?

You can listen to a recording of the event here.


Featuring: Evžen Šimera (Prague Brutally Beautiful, Scholastica, Prague), Klára Brůhová (Beton, Břasy, Boletice, Czech Technical University in Prague) and Gunnar Klack (Citizens' Initiative Mäusebunker, Berlin)

archint_1989_cz:de is an event series focusing on the architecture and monuments from the post-war period and how they have been dealt with since the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Why does our freedom often manifest as the freedom to destroy or simply just to forget? Can these actions be seen themselves as not only interventions but as actual monuments to the regained freedom, reunification and post-1989 transformation? Should these works of art and architecture be disconnected from their political connotations and instead be respected for their artistic value? Is it a question of East – West division? Here, Czech and German architectural theoreticians will present their new projects and discuss them. 

Partners of the event series: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Polish Institute Berlin, Slovak Institute in Berlin, EUNIC Berlin.

Admission free, please register here.

Venue: Cinema hall of the Czech Embassy, access via the Czech Centre


Evžen Šimera is a contemporary Czech visual artist and painter. He serves as a director of Scholastika, which he founded together with the artist Ondřej Brody in 2012. Šimera graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and received his PhD at UMPRUM. His work was exhibited at important shows in the Czech Republic and is represented in several private and some state collections and institutions. He was nominated for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award and received the Critic Award for Young Painting. Expressing himself mostly with painting, Šimera uses conceptual thinking for his work.

Klára Brůhová is a scholar in the field of history and theory of architecture of the 20th century and works in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague, from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague and from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. In 2015, she presented her Ph.D. thesis “Unbuilt Prague“.

Gunnar Klack, PhD, studied architecture at the University of Arts Berlin and Glasgow School of Art. He completed a doctoral dissertation on the work of architects Fehling + Gogel at Technical University (TU) Berlin. Trainee at Berlinische Galerie (2013–2015), teaching assignments and academic assistant at the Chair for Historic Preservation at the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning at TU Berlin (2015–2017), assistant curator at the Historical Technical Museum Peenemünde (2018–2019). Currently freelance assistant for the Berlin State Office for Cultural Heritage Management (Landesdenkmalamt). 


Photo by Filip Šlapal: The New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague (1977–1983, architect Karel Prager)

Graphic design: Iveta Krajcirova, Deconstructed



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05.09.2019 19:00


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