Start of trial operation of the Gočár Gallery, June 22, 2023, Pardubice.
Pardubice – Gočár's gallery in Pardubice will start an exhibition test run in automatic mills on Friday, which will last until September. For three days, i.e. until Sunday, there will be guided tours and another accompanying program. Gallery director Klára Zářecká told ČTK today. The gallery acquired representative premises, namely five exhibition floors in the former mill. Repairs to the national cultural monument cost 361 million crowns.
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“We are now familiarizing ourselves with the possibilities that the building offers us. Last Monday we took over the interiors, started installing exhibitions, everything is new to us,” said Zářecká.
Visitors will see four exhibition projects in the gallery. The Architecture of Memory exhibition presents contemporary Czech and foreign artists who reflect on the relationship between memory and architecture. “In the minimalistic installation in the exhibition space, we will mostly see videos that react to various buildings and memories of them,” said exhibition curator Filip Jakš.
Markéta Magidová's exhibition is accompanied by a composition by the musician MXTXC. Three large-format upholstered digital paintings and a musical score were created as a whole. The main motif is a group of children listening to a large shell.
A memory of the mill operation is the exhibition From domestic archives, which is one of the outputs of the Mill Memory project. The content was created by Pardubičtí and the firm Chládek a Tintěra. The oldest photographs come from the collections of the East Bohemian Museum. Posters and author's books inspired by the personality of Josef Gočár will also be on display. The Gočár Digital project was created by graphic arts students for the 140th anniversary of the architect's birth.
The first three days of trial operation will be guided tours and lectures on the subject of reconstruction of industrial buildings for the needs of cultural institutions. Children can play the mill escape game, there will be concerts, for example by Monika Načeva.
Most of the exhibits will be on view until September 10. Then the gallery will start preparing for the grand opening together with other entities. Pardubice in the area is completed by the Pardubice City Gallery and the Spéra polytechnic workshops. A private investor, Mr. and Mrs. Smetana, has the Silo cultural center there. Everyone agreed on the date of September 29 to October 1.
“Normal operation will be from the opening of the entire complex. This will be when the new permanent exposition and exhibition, which responds to high-quality artistic creation in the 20th century, will be presented to the public in eastern Bohemia,” said Zářecká.
The premises in the mills were repaired by the Pardubice region. The work began in May 2020. The building was designed by Josef Gočár, the mills were built gradually from 1910. Flour was milled in them until 2013. The Goodmills company unsuccessfully offered the mills to the city.
In 2016, they were bought by the Smetana couple, the main the governor's office sold the building, a former flour warehouse, to the city of Pardubice. Municipalities paid 36.5 million crowns for this. All three investors received European subsidies for their investments.