13 September 2015

Architecture exhibitions in Prague

Veletrzni Palace

En Praga, como en cualquier ciudad que visito ahora, busqué dónde habían exposiciones de arquitectura. Antes de ir había identificado dos lugares: el Museo Técnico Nacional, con una colección principalmente de los siglos XIX y XX y la Galería Jaroslava Fragnera, que solía pertenecer a la Unión de Arquitectos Checos. Pero mi gran sorpresa y de largo mis exposiciones preferidas fueron las del Palacio Veletrzni, que es el museo de arte moderno y contemporáneo de la ciudad, que por cierto es sencillamente espectacular.

In Prague, like in any city I visit nowadays, I looked for places that showed architectural exhibitions. Before leaving I had identified two main places: the National Technical Museum, with a collection from mainly the 19th and 20th centuries and the Jaroslava Fragnera Gallery, which used to belong to the Union of Czech Architects. But my biggest surprise, and by far my favorite exhibitions were the ones on the Veletrzni Palace, which is the city’s modern and contemporary art museum, and by the way, it is just spectacular.

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Galería Jaroslava Fragnera

La galería Jaroslava Fragnera fue creada en 1989 y es una pequeña sala en un complejo con un restaurante y un café, lo que me parece extremadamente inteligente. Sin embargo, el acceso a la galería no es muy acogedor. Uno siente que está entrando a un lugar prohibido. El acceso es pagado y aunque el precio es realmente irrisorio, es de las pocas veces que pago para visitar un centro o galería de arquitectura.

La exposición que tenían era una itinerante sobre el premio europeo al espacio público urbano. Sólo estaba compuesta de afiches con texto y fotografías, y algunos videos de entrevistas. Nada revolucionario en cuanto a la escenografía. El tema en sí es interesante, pero hay que armarse de paciencia para ponerse a leer tanto texto. Y me parece ridículo que le hayan dado una mención honorífica a un cementerio musulmán, que no sé según quién es considerado un espacio público. Podrían disimular su deseo de ser políticamente correctos.

Jaroslava Fragnera Gallery

The Jaroslava Fragnera Gallery was created in 1989 and it is a small room in a complex with a restaurant and a café, which I find extremely clever. However the entry to the gallery is not welcoming at all. You feel as though you ’re entering a forbidden place. You have to pay to visit it, and though the price is derisory, it’s one of the few times I had to pay to visit a center or gallery of architecture.

The exhibition they presented at the time was an itinerant one on the European prize for urban public space. It was composed only of posters with text and pictures and some videos with interviews. Nothing revolutionary in terms of display. The subject in itself is interesting, but you have to be really patient to read all that text. And I think it is ridiculous to give an honorary mention to a Muslim cemetery which I don’t know who considers it a public space. They really should try to conceal their desire to be politically correct.

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Departamento de Arquitectura del Museo Técnico Nacional

Tenía altas expectativas para la colección de arquitectura del Museo Técnico Nacional y al final me pareció correcta, pero nada más. La colección ocupa la mitad de un piso del museo. Por cierto que me parece una estafa esa política de los museos checos de pagar para tomar fotos.

La exposición en sí es interesante, abarca los diferentes movimientos y estilos del país durante los siglos XIX y XX, con los materiales típicos, maquetas, dibujos y planos. En el fondo tenía un espacio para una exposición temporal, pero estaba hecha principalmente a partir de afiches con mucho texto. Sobra decir que no le presté mucha atención. Me encanta leer pero no afiches pegados en paredes.

Architecture Department of the National Technical Museum

I had great expectations for the architecture collection of the National Technical Museum and in the end I found it okay, but nothing more. The collection takes half of one of the museum’s floors. By the way, I really find this policy of having to pay for a photography licence in Czech museums to be pure crap.

The exhibition in itself is interesting, it shows the country’s different movements and trends during the 19th and 20th centuries, with the typical material, models, drawings and blueprints. In the back it had some space for a temporary exhibition, but it was mainly composed of posters with a lot of text. Needless to say, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I love reading, but not posters hanging in walls.

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Palacio Veletrzni

Y ahora mi favorito: El Palacio Veletrzni. El edificio es magnífico y está dedicado al arte moderno y contemporáne, tanto checo como internacional. Merece un post aparte, pero aquí voy a mostrar sólo sus exposiciones de arquitectura.

El último piso estaba dedicado a una exposición temporal sobre el arquitecto checo el siglo XX Lubor Marek. Según los creadores de la exposición, se conoce muy poco sobre él y fue toda una aventura investigar sobre él y mostrar sus trabajos. La exposición me pareció excelente, fácil de comprender y muy cautivante. Presentaba una visión completa de la carrera del arquitecto que si no fuera por esta visita jamás hubiera conocido. Se podían ver sus proyectos residenciales, industriales, urbanísticos, sus bosquejos y hasta sus pinturas. Y a pesar de incluir tantas obras, la exposición no te satura. Uno queda satisfecho pero con ganas de saber más.

Veletrzni Palace

And now my favorite: the Veletrzni Palace. The building is magnificent and it is devoted to both Czech and international modern and contemporary art. It deserves its own post, but I will show here its architecture exhibitions.

The last floor had a temporary exhibition on the Czech architect from the 20th century Lubor Marek. According to the creators of the exhibition, he is not well-known and it was an adventure to do research on him and getting to show his works. I found the exhibition to be excellent, easy to understand and really captivating. It showed a complete overview of the architect’s career that I would have never met if it wasn’t for my visit. You could see his different types of projects: housing, industrial, urban, his sketches and even his paintings. And although it included many works it didn’t saturate you. You ended up satisfied but wanting to know more.Architecture exhibitions in Prague

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Y estas son algunas fotos de la exposición permanente de arquitectura del museo.

And these are some pictures of the permanent exhibition of architecture in the museum.

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