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14.11.2019 19:00

archint_1989_cz:de: Monuments of Freedom and Reunification

The attempts for regaining freedom culminated in the Czech Republic with the Velvet Revolution in November 1989. In the same month also the Berlin Wall fell, which led to the German reunification in 1990. What are the monuments of the regained freedom and reunification? What are the natural monuments – which places do remind us of these actions in Prague and in Berlin? What do the official monuments look like? How were the circumstances of their creation? And how would the ideal monuments look like and what role should they play in the cities in the eyes of art historians Anežka Bartlová and Sophie Jung?

You can listen to a recording of the event here.

Anežka Bartlová gained her master’s degree at the Charles University (Dept. of Art History) and at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague (Dept. Theory and History of Art), now she is a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. She is an active art critic (FlashArt CZ/SK, artalk.cz, a2larm.cz - since 2013), she was staff writer at the Czech Art magazine Art+Antiques (2016–2019) and peer-reviewed magazine Notebook for Art, theory and related zones (2018–2019 editor, since 7/2019 as editor-in-chief). She won the Věra Jirousová Award for emerging art critics in 2014; the book Manual of the monuments which she edited, was published in 2016. Anežka Bartlová coordinated the non-profit INI Gallery (2014–2016) and organized the Věra Jirousová Award (2015–2017). She is a member of the solidary artistic platform for communication Spolek Skutek.

Sophie Jung studied art history and political economics in Berlin and Istanbul with a focus on modernistic architecture and urban planning. Since 2010 she works as a freelance journalist and editor and writes about architecture, art and music, among others for die taz, Baunetz, Monopol or art. In 2015 she published her book 12 Gegenstände about everyday objects as cultural artefacts (av-editionen, in collaboration with HfG Ulm). Jung initiated the Berlin Art Prize, an independent award for contemporary art taking place every year since 2013, and works also as a curator.

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 BerlinCollegium Hungaricum BerlinPolish Institute BerlinSlovak Institute in BerlinEUNIC Berlin.

Admission free


Photo by Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR: Memorial of the Student Demonstrations of 17 November, in Prague (1990, sculptor Otakar Příhoda)
Graphic design: Iveta Krajcirova, Deconstructed




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14.11.2019 19:00


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