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 – your story will become a part fo the exhibition.

The Biennale Reader is out now

On the occasion of the upcoming Biennale Matter of Art 2020, 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:
Design: Laura Pappa

Distribution: Sternberg Press

14 × 21 cm, 296 pages, paperback

Available from 22 June 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, or by mail to the following address:

Institut úzkosti
Pplk. Sochora 7
17000, Praha 7

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.

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.

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.

Tereza Stejskalová and Vít Havránek to curate the first edition of VVUMOA

Programme director of 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.