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04.08.2020
Somebody There. The Biennale Podcast by Anna Kravets Launches Today.

Today we published the first episode of the podcast series Somebody There by the Ukrainian artists Anna Kravets. The artwork was commissioned by the Biennale Matter of Art 2020 and is available for streaming on our website and on SoundCloud. Situated in the gaps between art and language, the project is somewhat a reenactment of the loss of a common language amid increasingly shared conditions of life and struggle.

What does it mean to speak for someone else? What responsibility do we take on? Where is the line between art and interpersonal encounters and dialogue, and what might they have in common? Kravets is a professional listener who lets herself be carried away by the stream of words. She listens, records, and edits many voices into one single voice that speaks, reads, or tells a story. She shows the act of recording, questions the various phrases and labels that we are accustomed to using without thinking about them, and circles around the things left unsaid.

Anna Kravets (*1988 Sumy) is active as a radio journalist, producer, artist, researcher, and translator. In her practice she has addressed the linguistic aspects of power relations as well as mechanisms of collective imagination, anthropology of voice, work in migration, and experimental media. Her current experimental and research projects oscillate between work and routine philosophies, conditions of precarity and participative vocalizations. She runs a radio show about the shifting status of work and leisure. She lives and works in Kiev.

31.07.2020
Apply to the Workshop 'The Power of Solitude Within'

Solitude is often perceived as an uninvited guest whom we are afraid to look in the face. It makes us feel uncomfortable and frightens us, and so we try to ignore it or escape from it. But solitude is full of potential and can help us along the path towards inner strength and harmony. The workshop’s experienced instructors will explore the subject of having faith in oneself and will demonstrate how solitude relates to independence and why a good relationship with oneself can be a solid foundation for a mature relationship with others. The experiential workshop will focus on gentle body and breathing exercises. The workshop is organised by the Biennale Matter of Art in cooperation with the organisation Freya.

Book your place at the workshop now!

About Freya:
Freya consists of a team of experts who know that senior citizens and people with disabilities have the same rights and needs in the areas of sexuality and relationships as anyone else. Founded in 2016, it is the only organization to offer comprehensive services in the areas of sexuality and relationships through education, advisory services, therapeutic and publishing work, the creation of educational tools, and by working for systemic change.

20.07.2020
Free Download of the Biennale Guide

The Biennale Guide comprises information about the first edition of the Biennale Matter of Art and is available as free download. A print version of the pocket book will be available at select biennale venues (the Prague Market and GHMP | Municipal Library) from July 27.

Download the guide in PDF
Download the guide in EPUB

18.07.2020
Installation at Holešovice Underpass Postponed

Due to the ongoing restrictions of international travel, the artists Volodymyr Kuznetsov could not arrive in the Czech Republic to organize the Indefinite Collective which had been commissioned to create a mural painting on the walls of the pedestrian underpass in Praha–Holešovice. We hope that the situation will resolve in the course of the upcoming weeks and the painting will be realized on a later date.

16.07.2020
Vernissage and Biennale Party on Tuesday July 21

Join us at the vernissage of the first edition of the Biennale Matter of Art. The evening will begin at 6 pm with the opening ceremony at the GHMP at the Municipal Library and will continue from 7 pm at the Prague Market with performances by Iza Pavlina and Tuan Mami and an afterparty with the DJs of the collective Glory Affairs.

14.07.2020
Pedestrian Underpass and a Hotel Lobby: Biennale Venue Details Are Complete

Find more details including opening hours in the Visit section

Biennale Matter of Art 2020 venues:

Prague City Gallery
Municipal Library of Prague, 2nd floor
Mariánské náměstí 98/1
110 00 Prague

Prague Market
Hall (11) (17) (19)
Bubenské nábřeží 306
170 00 Prague

Panorama Hotel Prague
Milevská 1695/7
140 63 Prague 4

DBK Praha Shopping Mall Plaza

Budějovická 1667

140 00 Prague 4


Praha-Holešovice station – underpass

Plynární 21

170 00 Prague
 7

Menza Strahov
Jezdecká 1920

160 17 Prague 6

09.07.2020
Read Complete Artist Profiles Now

Participating in the biennale exhibition Come Closer are Ragnar Kjartansson, Sung Tieu, Karol Radziszewski, Lucy Beech, Selma Selman, Candice Breitz, Tuan Mami and dozens of others. You may find the full list of artist with biographies on the Participants subpage of the website. The first edition of the Biennale Matter of Art will be open from July 22.

01.07.2020
Help Us Recreate a Lost Sculpture

DBK Shopping Mall is one of the two biennale venues (along with the Panorama Hotel Prague) found in the district of Prague 4, where Isabela Grosseová & Jesper Alvaer have situated their commissioned project which aims to recreate a lost sculpture titled ‘Stele', dismantled from the DBK Plaza in the early 1990s. If you have a memory of the original glass object created by Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, write us a message to info@matterof.art – your story will become a part fo the exhibition.

16.06.2020
The Biennale Reader Is Out Now

On the occasion of the upcoming Biennale Matter of Art 2020, tranzit.cz has published the book Come Closer: The Biennale Reader, edited by Tereza Stejskalová and Vít Havránek, curators of the biennale. The book expands on the theoretical background of the project and we invite you to the launch of the book which will take place at the ArtMap Bookstore on 2 July 2020 at 6 PM when the book will be available in store with an introductory discount. The book will be available in worldwide distribution via Sternberg Press from 22 June 2020.

Come Closer: The Biennale Reader

Editors: Tereza Stejskalová, Vít Havránek

Published by: tranzit.cz
Design: Laura Pappa

Distribution: Sternberg Press

14 × 21 cm, 296 pages, paperback

Available from 22 June 2020


28.05.2020
Institute of Anxiety Calls For Stimulants

Institut úzkosti / Institute of Anxiety aims to overcome the limits of imagination and asks for your help! Send them your STIMULANTS – could be methods, objects or other entities that hep you to expand the blimits of your own imagination. The project is a part of the Biennnale Matter of Art 2020.

"These 'stimulants' can take on various shapes ranging from instructions in the form of a text, a drawing, a collage, a photograph, a video, to an audio or a cooking recipe, a design of a machine, a description of a situation, or even a formula." — read more here

You may send your stimulants until June 21, either online to iu@institutuzkosti.cz, or by mail to the following address:

Institut úzkosti
Pplk. Sochora 7
17000, Praha 7

10.05.2020
New Date For The Biennale


Good news! The first edition of the Biennale Matter of Art will take place this year after all. The international exhibition entitled 'Come Closer' will be open from 21 July 2020. Despite the difficult situation, the project will be postponed by only four weeks. We will publish further details on the programme during the course of the following weeks, for the latest news you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

28.04.2020
Statement on Current Situation Regarding Coronavirus

Similarly to other cultural organizations, the coronavirus crisis has had a paralysing effect on the process of planning of the first edition of the Biennale Matter of Art. However, at the moment the situation appears to be promising and with the recent loosening of the government restrictions it is highly likely that we will be able to open the exhibition in 2020. Read full statement here.

31.01.2020
Biennale Venues

The first edition of the Biennale Matter of Art will take place in two locations – the Prague City Gallery in the Municipal Library building and in the Prague Market at the premises of a former slaughterhouse.

10.01.2020
Tereza Stejskalová and Vít Havránek to Curate the First Edition of VVUMOA

Programme director of tranzit.cz Tereza Stejskalová and Vít Havránek, organizer and theorist, are the appointed curators of the first edition of Biennale Matter of Art. Find their profiles in the Institution section of our website.