Living Kunsthalle is the first major show organized by Kunsthalle Praha before the opening of its own building in 2021. Conceived as a festive night of encounters, Living Kunsthalle will transform the iconic New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague into a true artistic laboratory. Throughout the night, moving from space to space, the visitors will discover performances, sound sculptures, projections, and experimental works coming to life in every corner of the theatre.
Internationally renowned guest artists, some of whom performing in the Czech Republic for the first time, include Hicham Berrada (MA/FR), Lina Lapelyte (LT), Haroon Mirza (GB) and Xavier Veilhan (FR). The Czech art scene will be present through Adéla Součková and Roman Štětina, showing works newly commissioned by Kunsthalle Praha.
Aside from performance, the six participating artists explore different fields and media, ranging from sculpture to video, from installation to drawing, from music to science. The works selected for Living Kunsthalle share a common theme: sound and its visual representation. Despite its immaterial and ephemeral nature, sonic phenomena – noise, sound, music – have a tremendous suggestive power, which makes them a major source of inspiration for visual artists. Whether it is through ritual discourses, radio recordings, ancestral melodies or experimental music, sound summons our senses, stirs up our memory, and generates a whole spectrum of emotions.
Through their own sensitivity and perception, Hicham Berrada, Lina Lapelyte, Haroon Mirza, Adéla Součková, Roman Štětina and Xavier Veilhan strive to capture sound visually, physically, live. While doing so, they bring alive Kunsthalle Praha.