DOX celebrates fives years in Prague
Contemporary art gallery marks anniversary with jam-packed day of activities for the whole family
Posted: September 25, 2013
Courtesy Photo: © DOX
DOX has been open for five years in Prague's industrial Holešovice neighborhood.
The doors of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design opened to the public Oct. 19, 2008, with the gallery's first exhibition, which brought together the installations of four names in the art world: Czech artist Jiří Hůla, José María Cano from Spain, Czech-born Michael Bielický and Matej Krén from Slovakia.
In the past five years, this privately run art gallery in Holešovice has presented around 100 exhibitions, with the number of accompanying and educational programs totaling more than 300. While usually charging an entrance fee of 180 Kč for adults and 90 Kč for young children, students and seniors, the gallery's celebration of its five-year anniversary will be open to anybody who wants to share in this big day.
The aforementioned big day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, and it will include numerous workshops and guided exhibition tours, as well as bands and an evening concert and light show.
As usual, the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with events starting around 2 p.m. and lasting right up to midnight, with entrance to DOX free throughout the day. And don't forget about the DOX minibus, which collects visitors to the gallery - not just Sept. 28, but every day except Tuesdays, when the gallery is closed - from Na Příkopě 23 in the city center and drops them off in front of DOX, completely free of charge. So, even if you don't have money, you can still have a good time.
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-midnight
Where: DOX, Poupětova 1, Prague 7
The afternoon's program to celebrate DOX's first five years is focused on creativity. Artists will present workshops in multiple disciplines, while instructors from DOX will keep children and families busy with their own activities that aim to engage the participants' creative side. Both of these two parts of the program run 2-5 p.m.
The workshops with artists comprise four events that visitors can participate in. "Yoga with KOKO" offers the chance to have a yoga workout with U.S. sculptress Jana "Koko" Kochánková inside the gallery. "Photographs Instead of Language" is billed as a "photographic experiment" led by renowned photographer Lukáš Houdek, whose art project "The Art of Killing" was exhibited at the Art Wall Gallery and the National Technical Library at the beginning of the year. A workshop titled "Hammer vs. Mobile Phone" will take place under the supervision of artist Michal Cimala with the help of a pneumatic drill, and the "Urban Workshop" in partnership with reSITE will discuss the possibility of a so-called "ideal public space."
The workshops for children and families also comprise four events, all of which has birthdays as its starting point. One titled "Around the Building" will try to get participants to give free rein to their imaginations and come up with ideas for DOX's surroundings. "Have a Seat" will use the theme of recycling to (re‑)decorate the gallery's interior. "Poster or Sticker" looks at birthday invitations and needs all the creative input you have, while "We've Got Nothing to Wear!" is about the sartorial possibilities a birthday party can generate.
At 4 p.m., the music program starts, and the event's partnership with United Islands means some top bands, such as Le Pneumatiq and Tata Bojs' DJ Mardoša, have been secured for the day, as well as Floex DJ set, Kapitán Demo, Piano and a few others.
The day's festivities run until midnight, and are sure to be as entertaining as they are informative.
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Tags: DOX, United Islands, yoga.