Biennale Matter of Art

14 June – 29 September 2024, Prague / Lidice

Biennale Matter of Art 2024 (c) Jonáš Verešpej

The third edition of the Biennale Matter of Art will take place from June 14, 2024, to September 29, 2024, in the Grand Hall of the National Gallery Prague, the Lidice Gallery, and other venues. Curated by Katalin Erdődi and Aleksei Borisionok, the project will also feature a new bilingual publication comprising theoretical texts and artistic contributions. Admission to the biennale as well as the accompanying public program will be free of charge.

tranzit.cz has commissioned several artists to create new works for the biennale, such as painter Kateryna Lysovenko, interdisciplinary artists Alicja Rogalska and Nikita Kadan, filmmaker and researcher Marta Popivoda, the research group DAVRA (represented by Madina Joldybek, Zumrad Mirzalieva, and Saodat Ismailova), artist, curator, and architect Zbyněk Baladrán, artist and researcher Tomáš Uhnák, and the collective björnsonova.

To make the Biennale as accessible as possible, admission to the exhibition and most of the public program is free. It is not necessary to buy tickets, however, you can reserve seats for selected events. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about program updates.

The Biennale Matter of Art was founded in 2020 to explore whether and how it is possible to do larger-scale exhibition projects as political and institutional interventions. The first two editions, held in 2020 and 2022, helped to establish the biennale as a space for voices and perspectives that are not often present or go unnoticed in the mainstream public discourse, even though they can offer lessons in resilience and solidarity. The biennale continues this line in the current edition, foregrounding acts of resistance as resources for hope.

Participating artists

National Galery Prague – Trade Fair Palace
Kateryna Aliinyk, Zbyněk Baladrán, björnsonova, cosa.cz, kulturní družstvo / cultural cooperative (Markéta Mráčková, Barbora Šimonová) & Viktor Vejvoda, DAVRA research group (Madina Joldybek, Zumrad Mirzalieva, Saodat Ismailova), Martina Drozd Smutná, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Uladzimir Hramovich, Adelita Husni-Bey, Nikita Kadan, Kateřina Konvalinová & Judita Levitnerová, Kateryna Lysovenko, Pınar Öğrenci, Natalie Perkof, Marta Popivoda, Randomroutines (Tamás Kaszás & Krisztián Kristóf), Alicja Rogalska, Elske Rosenfeld, Zorka Ságlová, Antje Schiffers, Olia Sosnovskaya, Petr Štembera, Dominika Trapp, Tomáš Uhnák & Asia Dér / Tamás Kaszás / Asunción Molinos Gordo

Lidice Gallery
Kateryna Aliinyk, Michael Ayrton, Yevgenia Belorusets, Arthur Degner, Yaroslav Futymsky, Hans Grundig, Nikita Kadan, Dana Kavelina & Olha Marusyn, Georgies Kotsonis, Yuri Leiderman, Kateryna Lysovenko, M. Marizza, Ján Mudroch, Tetiana Nylivna Yablonska, Margaryta Polovynko, Anton Saienko, Ilya Todurkin

Biennale Matter of Art 2024 visual identity (c) The Rodina

Rural change as social change and the legacies and futures of workers’ movements

The two curators, Katalin Erdődi and Aleksei Borisionok, graft their interests in rural change as social change and the legacies and futures of workers’ movements in order to focus on forgotten stories of social unrest and underrepresented micro-histories of sociopolitical transformation in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. Bringing together diverse artistic contributions and discursive interventions, the curators look for the resonances between historical struggles and the contemporary moment. Working through the notion of grafting – taken from agriculture and medicine – Matter of Art creates connections between social movements across the changing contexts of the rural and the urban, attending to how the notion of work and the worker finds new meanings. The Biennale Matter of Art marks the first ever collaboration between Erdődi and Borisionok, who are both based in Vienna.

“The unfolding global crisis spans from the extractive work of bodies and algorithms to the exhaustion of living conditions on our planet. Therefore, we ask what can be retrieved from the history of workers’ movements. Labor unrest, both failed and successful, can illuminate the present moment and possible futures of solidarity, political organizing, and justice,” says curator and writer Aleksei Borisionok. He has written for various magazines and publications and curated exhibitions on education and unlearning, workers’ movements and strikes, social movements, and artistic practices in Vilnius, Kyiv, Stockholm, Vienna, and Minsk.

“Rural areas provide for our basic needs, from food to diverse resources and raw materials, which makes rural and urban lives deeply entangled and interdependent. Nevertheless, the voices of people living and working in the countryside are often missing from the public discourse. I am interested in what we can learn from the rural: How can we look beyond cultural stereotypes that tend to regard the countryside as politically backwards and passive and recognize its political potential?” asks curator and dramaturg Katalin Erdődi. Since 2017 Erdődi has been researching rural change through site-specific, collaborative artistic, and curatorial approaches, working across different rural contexts in Hungary, Germany, and Spain.

Program

Talking to the Sun: Artist-led trip and midsummer celebration

22. 06. 2024 09:00
screenings workshops songwriting performance solstice celebration

Farmers in Depression: A conversation about farmers' mental health with Apolena Rychlíková and Tomáš Uhnák

29. 06. 2024 16:00
mental health climate change Psychiatric Hospital Bohnice Institute of Anxiety

Uprooting Ill Health I: Talks on burnout and the mental health of farmers, with the Institute of Anxiety

29. 06. 2024 16:00
Institute of Anxiety collaboration

Burnout: The Emotional Experience of Political Defeat – Talk by Hannah Proctor

29. 06. 2024 17:30
lecture Institute of Anxiety

Performance: Peter Kolárčik & a friend

29. 06. 2024 19:00
concert Institute of Anxiety

Guided tour of the Biennale in Czech – Trade Fair Palace

03. 07. 2024 18:00
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace CZ Grand Hall

Curatorial guided tour of the Biennale in English – Trade Fair Palace

06. 07. 2024 16:00
EN Grand Hall Katalin Erdődi Aleksei Borisionok

Guided tour of the Biennale in Czech – Trade Fair Palace

13. 07. 2024 16:00
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace CZ Grand Hall

Curatorial guided tour of the Biennale in English – Trade Fair Palace

17. 07. 2024 16:00
EN Grand Hall Katalin Erdődi Aleksei Borisionok

Art Space Unlimited: Project seminar and debate

17. 07. 2024 19:00
Creative Europe La Escocesa tranzit.cz OFF-Biennale Foundation 17 cooperation

Mediation: The Great Land of Small Workshop #1 — creative program for children aged 9–14

18. 07. 2024 14:00
workshops

Guided tour in Czech with Tereza Stejskalová – Lidice Gallery

20. 07. 2024 14:00
Lidice Art Collection intervention Nikita Kadan

Curatorial guided tour of the Biennale in English – Trade Fair Palace

03. 08. 2024 16:00
EN Grand Hall Katalin Erdődi Aleksei Borisionok

Guided tour of the Biennale in Czech – Trade Fair Palace

07. 08. 2024 18:00
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace CZ Grand Hall

Guided tour of the Biennale in Czech – Trade Fair Palace

14. 08. 2024 16:00
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace CZ Grand Hall

Curatorial guided tour of the Biennale in English – Trade Fair Palace

24. 08. 2024 16:00
EN Grand Hall Katalin Erdődi Aleksei Borisionok

The Great Land of Small — camp for children aged 9–14. The camp is for registered participants only.

26. 08. 2024 10:00
summer camp

The Great Land of Small — camp for children aged 9–14. The camp is for registered participants only.

27. 08. 2024 10:00
summer camp

The Great Land of Small — camp for children aged 9–14. The camp is for registered participants only.

28. 08. 2024 10:00
summer camp

The Great Land of Small — camp for children aged 9–14. The camp is for registered participants only.

29. 08. 2024 10:00
summer camp

Mediation: The Great Land of Small Workshop #2 — creative program for children aged 9–14

29. 08. 2024 14:00
workshops

The Spectre of Peasantry: Artist talk and discussion – Vendula Donátová, Radim Kotrba, Jaroslav Pražan, Tomáš Uhnák, Jan Valeška

04. 09. 2024 16:00
agroecology peasantry today small farmers

Guided tour of the Biennale with Tereza Stejskalová in Czech – Trade Fair Palace

07. 09. 2024 14:00
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace

Discussion in collaboration with ART ANTIQUES and Prague Art Week

07. 09. 2024 16:00
autofiction curatorial and artistic strategies

Flower workshop with Platforma Výkvět for children aged 6+ and adults

08. 09. 2024 17:00
ticketed Educational department of the National Gallery

Workshop for adults with Platforma Výkvět

08. 09. 2024 17:00
ticketed Educational department of the National Gallery

Workshop: Playroom with Platforma Výkvět for children aged 1.5–5 and adults

10. 09. 2024 10:30
ticketed Educational department of the National Gallery

Workshop: Playroom with Platforma Výkvět for children aged 1.5–5 and adults

11. 09. 2024 10:30
ticketed Educational department of the National Gallery

Guided tour of the Biennale in Czech – Trade Fair Palace

14. 09. 2024 16:00
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace CZ Grand Hall

Mediation: The Great Land of Small Workshop #3 — creative program for children aged 9–14

15. 09. 2024 14:00
workshops

Reaping Cooperation. Excursion and discussion with Pavel Černý, cosa. cz, and the Tenants’ Initiative at the Museum of Cooperative Movements

18. 09. 2024 17:00
Cooperative Association of the Czech Republic

Curatorial guided tour of the Biennale in English – Trade Fair Palace

21. 09. 2024 11:00
EN Grand Hall Katalin Erdődi Aleksei Borisionok

Demolishing Complicated Histories: Chemapol, Architecture and Agribusiness I. Excursion and architectural guided tour

21. 09. 2024 15:00
architecture

Demolishing Complicated Histories: Chemapol, Architecture and Agribusiness II. Conversation with Pavel Rotter and Zuzana Vlasatá, moderated by Tomáš Uhnák

21. 09. 2024 17:00
architecture

Extended opening hours – Trade Fair Palace

26. 09. 2024 10:00
till 10 PM

McKenzie Wark: Raving — Book launch of the Czech translation with a lecture by the author

26. 09. 2024 17:00
online Lunchmeat Festival collab

Performance: Good Night Readers: RED (Cats) – björnsonova & Nik Timková, Zuzana Žabková, Tamara Antonijević, Tanja Šljivar, Cassandra Troyan

26. 09. 2024 20:30
reading environment

Guided tour of the Biennale in Czech – Trade Fair Palace

28. 09. 2024 14:00
National Gallery Prague – Trade Fair Palace CZ Grand Hall

Curatorial guided tour of the Biennale in English – Trade Fair Palace

28. 09. 2024 16:00
EN Grand Hall Katalin Erdődi Aleksei Borisionok

Uprooting Ill Health II. Screening of C-TV (If I Tell You I Like You...) with a discussion

28. 09. 2024 18:00
crip queer

Afterparty in the Matter of Art

28. 09. 2024 20:00
drinks DJ

Final day of the exhibition: Lidice Gallery

29. 09. 2024 09:00
last chance to see

Final day of the exhibition: Trade Fair Palace

29. 09. 2024 10:00
last chance to see Grand Hall