Finalists: Richard Loskot, Martin Kohout, Romana Drdová, Dominik Gajarský, Viktorie Valocká


Laureates: Matyáš Chochola

Finalists: Aleš Čermák, Katarína Hládeková, Anna Hulačová, Matyáš Chochola, Johana Střížková

Laureates: Barbora Kleinhamplová

Finalists: Lukáš Karbus, Pavel Sterec, Pavla Sceranková, Vojtěch Fröhlich


A nearly completely new international jury has met on the occasion of the jubilee 25th edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award. Presided by Holly Block, renowned curator and director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, the jury further includes art historian Milena Bartlová, visual artist Jiří Kovanda, art theorist and director of the Slovak National Gallery Alexandra Kusá, director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo Gunnar B. Kvaran from Iceland, and Marina Shcherbenko, curator and specialist adviser of Bottega Gallery and Shcherbenko Art Centre in Kyiv.

The five finalists of 2014, including Martin Kohout, Richard Loskot, Lucia Sceranková, Roman Štětina and Tereza Velíková, will introduce themselves to the public at their common exhibition 2014 Final, to be held from September 26, 2014 to January 4, 2015 at the Veletržní Palace of the National Gallery in Prague. In the course of the year, the finalists will individually present their works in Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary and Pilsen during the traditional related event 555. The award ceremony of the 25th Jindřich Chalupecký Award will be held on November 20, 2014 in Studio Hrdinů at the Veletržní Palace in Prague. The ceremony will be directed by renowned theatre director Jan Nebeský, who has been working at the Činoherní klub and the National Theatre in Prague and who is currently a director at Studio Hrdinů. “As a novelty, this year’s edition introduces a competition for the design of the first object to be presented to the winner of the 25th Jindřich Chalupecký Award,” says Lenka Lindaurová, curator and head of the Jindřich Chalupecký Society. “Designer Jakub Berdych, the guarantor of the competition, has addressed renowned artists to design the award. We will soon receive designs by Eva Eisler, Maxim Velčovský and the Olgoj Chorchoj, Deform and Dechem studios,” says Lindaurová.

It is not only due to the record-breaking number of applications that selecting the finalists was not easy for the jury. “The artistic quality is not an exact value; it always depends on professional outlook of the experts, and in this case even on their consensus. This made the demonstrative quality of the assembled portfolios an important factor in the choice of the jurors. The final five selected present another look at the contemporary Czech scene. It is not only the reflection of its ordinary functioning - it brings a benefit of looking from outside. The five finalists were selected not only so they could resonate in the context of domestic scene, but also in order to measure up to the international assessment,” says Holly Block, head of the jury of Jindřich Chalupecký Award.

“Selecting this year’s finalists was really difficult for the completely new jury. Most of the applicants rank among renowned and already successful artists who are extremely hard to compare. One could say that the five selected artists, although working in different media (photography, video, sound, new technologies and social projects), share similar themes telling of the current state of the society. The artist challenge the very possibility of communicating the message of the visual image further, expressing the ungraspability of communication, comprehension and relativity of human perception. They employ illusion, mystification, cause and effect, the role of chance and invisibility. They teach the viewers to be open to a number of contradictory perceptions and primarily to be tolerant to others,” says Lenka Lindaurová.

Besides the new material award, the winner of the 25th Jindřich Chalupecký Award will receive 100.000 CZK for organizing an exhibition or realizing a project. The new award holder will also receive a six-week scholarship in New York and a residence with the possibility of an exhibition in one of the galleries of the Czech Centres. The Respekt Award of the readers of Respekt magazine will also be presented during the award ceremony.

In 2014, too, the Jindřich Chalupecký Society, organizer of Jindřich Chalupecký Award, puts a great emphasis on related events. Their traditional pillar, the 555 project, will introduce the works of the individual finalists in five cities from April to September. This year’s cities include Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary and Pilsen; there, the artists will present their works both in the public space and at screenings and discussions at selected arthouse cinemas. The related events further include the prestigious competition of secondary schools and grammar schools called “Do you have a knack for art?”, the final of which will be held in May 2014 in the Veletržní Palace in Prague. “Our goal is to bring quality contemporary art to the general public in the course of the year. We feel that a prestigious art award with a long and significant history, as represented by the Jindřich Chalupecký Award, should assume the role of a promoter, speaker and defender of art. That is why we are preparing several surprises beyond the traditional framework of related events this year,” says organizer of the related events and member of Jindřich Chalupecký Society Ondřej Horák.

Laureates: Roman Štětina

Finalists: Richard Loskot, Martin Kohout, Lucia Sceranková, Tereza Velíková


For the 24th time, the jury of the most prestigious Czech art award has announced the names of the finalists who will be under the scrutiny of both experts and the public until the announcement of the laureate in the fall of 2013. The award has been announced already at the end of the past year as the scope of activities of Jindřich Chalupecký Award has been extended. The award and the finalists are to be promoted in the course of the year; which will bring many a change, such as the return of the award to the Veletržní Palace, the seat of the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery. The 2013 edition of Jindřich Chalupecký Award has seen the largest number of submissions; 79 artists have applied for the award.

The finalists, including authors of videos, installations, objects, performances and art books, have been selected by 7 members of an international jury, chaired for the third time by MoMA curator Christian Rattemeyer, whose membership terminates this year. The 2013 finalists include Daniela Baráčková, Aleš Čermák, Dominik Lang, Václav Magid and Richard Nikl; their collective exhibition Finale 2013 will be held from September 27 to December 1. As a novelty, their exhibition will be held along with the exposition of 2012 laureate Vladimír Houdek, i.e. at the same time and at the same place, on the 5th floor of Veletržní Palace. The finalists will be introduced to the public in several cities from May to September within the framework of the related event 5 Finalists F Months 5 Places. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony directed by David Jařab in the National Gallery on November 15, 2013.

„Regarding the work of the international jury, I believe that they have made a decision that is not a populist one and have appreciated really unique artworks by artists who may have but little chance to break through to the public with their risky projects,“ says curator and head of Jindřich Chalupecký Award Lenka Lindaurová. The decision making of the jury was not easy this year, as confirmed by Christian Rattemeyer: “We were fascinated by the high quality of the applications, which made the selection difficult.” Further members of the jury include chief curator of Vienna’s MUMOK Rainer Fuchs, art historian Milena Bartlová, artist Daniel Balabán, curator Edith Jeřábková, curator and chief editor of Springerin critical magazine on contemporary art Georg Schöllhammer from Austria and artist Tomáš Lahoda who is also active in Denmark. The jury is an independent body with an elected chair, comprising leading experts appointed by Jindřich Chalupecký Society for the period of 3 years.

As a novelty of the 2013 edition, Jindřich Chalupecký Society has organized an international colloquium on Czech visual arts in the 1990s called The Beginning of the Present to be held on November 14, 2013 in the Veletržní Palace. “The decade after 1989 can be seen as a real beginning of a new era in Czech visual arts. The political and social circumstances have undergone a significant change, also transforming the understanding of art, its forms and contents. After forty years of totalitarian regime, the ideological pressure on the artists has ceased  and their position and roles have changed,” says organizer Tomas Pospiszyl, member of Jindřich Chalupecký Society. The 2-day colloquium will be attended by a whole range of Czech as well as international experts in the National Gallery in Prague in November 2013.

The winner of Jindřich Chalupecký Award will receive CZK 100.000 to organize an exhibition or realize a project in a prestigious gallery. Since 2007, award winners have held their exhibitions in Vaclav Spala Gallery in Prague, the traditional place where Jindřich Chalupecký used to be work; this year, the exhibition of the 2012 laureate will be held in the National Gallery. The new award holder will also receive a 6-month residency in New York to attend its leading galleries and meet local artists, curators and critics (with the support of Trust for Mutual Understanding and Foundation for Civil Society). The winner will also exhibit his or her works in one of the Czech Center galleries. During the award ceremony, the Respekt Readers Award will be presented as well.

Laureates: Dominik Lang

Finalists: Daniela Baráčková, Aleš Čermák, Václav Magid, Richard Nikl, Aleš Čermák


30. 11. 2012 / Divadlo Husa na provázku / Zelný trh 9 / Brno

Jury: Christian Rattemeyer, Rainer Fuchs, Georg Schöllhammer, Milena Bartlová, Edith Jeřábková, Daniel balabán, Tomáš Lahoda

Laureates: Vladimír Houdek

Finalists: Adéla Babanová, Richard Loskot, Jiří Thýn, David Böhm a Jiří Franta


04.11.2011 / Centrum současného umění DOX / Poupětov 1 / Praha 7

Jury: Christian Rattemeyer, Rainer Fuchs, Georg Schöllhammer, Ondřej Chrobák, Edith Jeřábková, Mira Keratová, Tomáš Lahoda

Laureates: Mark Ther

Finalists: Dominik Lang, Filip Cenek, Pavel Sterec, Jiří Thýn


03.11.2010 / DOX, Centrum současného umění / Poupětova 1 / Praha 7

Jury: Susanne Altmann, Ondřej Chrobák, Mira Keratová, Pavel Liška, Martin Mainer, Joanna Mytkowska, Elizabeth M.Grady

Laureates: Vasil Artamonov, Alexey Klyuykov

Finalists: Václav Magid, Jakub Matuška aka Masker, Alice Nikitinová, David Böhm a Jiří Franta


10.10.2009 / DOX Centrum současného umění / Poupětova 1 / Praha 7

Jury: Susanne Altmann, Ondřej Chrobák, Mira Keratová, Pavel Liška, Jan Merta, Joanna Mytkowska, Elizabeth M.Grady

Laureates: Jiří Skála

Finalists: Tomáš Džadoň, David Böhm a Jiří Franta, Petra Herotová, Alena Kotzmannová


/ Dům umění města Brna / Malinovského nám.2 / 602 00 Brno

Jury: Susanne Altmann, Elizabeth M.Grady, Pavel Liška, Joanna Mytkowska, Jan Merta, Jana Oravcová, Jiří Ptáček

Laureates: Radim Labuda

Finalists: Evžen Šimera, Tomáš Moravec, Ondřej Brody, Zbyněk Baladrán

Jury: Milena Kalinovská, Milena Dopitová, Christoph Grunenberg, František Kowolowski, Jan Merta, Jana Oravcová, Roberto Pinto, Radek Váňa

Other finalists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Jan Nálevka, Jakub Hošek, Pavla Sceranková

Laureates: Eva Koťátková

Finalists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Jan Nálevka, Pavla Sceranková, Jakub Hošek

Jury: Milena Kalinovská, Milena Dopitová, Christoph Grunenberg, František Kowolowski, Maria Lind, Jana Oravcová, Roberto Pinto, Radek Váňa

Laureates: Barbora Klímová

Finalists: Dominik Lang, Tomáš Svoboda, Dušan Skala, Jan Jakub Kotík, Rafani

Jury: Milena Kalinovská, Milena Dopitová, Christoph Grunenberg, František Kowolowski, Maria Lind, Boris Ondreička, Roberto Pinto, Radek Váňa

Laureates: Kateřina Šedá

Finalists: Alena Kotzmannová, Zbyněk Baladrán, Jakub Hošek, Josef Bolf, Jan Šerých

Jury: Charlotta Kotik, Vladimir Beskid, Magdalena Jetelová, Jiří Příhoda, Jiří Ševčík, Jonathan Watkins, Maria Lind

Laureates: Ján Mančuška

Finalists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Rafani, Jiří Skála, Jana Kalinová, Isabela Grosseová

Jury: Charlotta Kotik, Vladimir Beskid, Magdalena Jetelová, Jiří Příhoda, Jiří Ševčík, Christopher Tannert, Jonathan Watkins

Laureates: Michal Pěchouček

Finalists: Jan Šerých, Krištof Kintera, Michaela Thelenová, Ján Mančuška

Laureates: Markéta Othová

Finalists: Lenka Klodová, Federico Diaz, Markéta Baňková

Laureates: Tomáš Vaněk

Finalists: Krištof Kintera, Pavel Kopřiva, Štepánka Šimlová, Tomáš Hlavina, Markéta Othová

Jury: Magdalena Juříková, Richard Drury, Vít Havránek, Michal Koleček, Vojtěch Lahoda, Lenka Lindaurová, Jaroslav Róna, Katarína Rusnáková, Jiří Surůvka, Jiří Valoch

Laureates: David Černý

Finalists: Tomáš Hlavina, Veronika Bromová, Jan Stolín, František Kowolowski

Jury: František Skála jr., Karel Císař, Hugo Demartini, Josef Hampl, Olaf Hanel, Ludvík Hlaváček, Petr Pavlík, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Michael Rittstein, Naďa Řeháková

Laureates: Lukáš Rittstein

Finalists: Krištof Kintera, Tomáš Hlavina, Jan Hísek

Laureates: Jiří Černický

Jury: Jiří Švestka, Václav Bláha, Vlasta Čiháková-Noshiro, Bedřich Dlouhý, Václav Erben, Milan Grygar, Jiřina Kumstátová, Olga Malá, Ivan Ouhel, Jiří Zemánek

Laureates: Jiří Příhoda

Finalists: Federico Diaz, Veronika Bromová, Roman Franta, Jiří Černický

Laureates: Kateřina Vincourová

Laureates: Petr Nikl

Laureates: Michal Gabriel

Laureates: Martin Mainer

Jury: Josef Hlaváček, Marie Judlová, Igor Zhoř, Věra Janoušková, Jiří Šetlík, Karel Malich, Viktor Pivovarov, Joska Skalník, Ivan Kafka, Stanislav Diviš

Honesty award: Petr Nikl

Laureates: Michal Nesázal

Jury: Mahulena Nešlehová, Václav Boštík, Jiří Beránek, Ivan Neumann, Karel Pauzer, Michael Rittstein, ZDeněk Sýkora, Adriena Šimotová, Jiří Valoch

Honesty award: Michal Gabriel; Petr Kvíčala

Laureates: František Skála

Finalists: Markéta Othová


Jury: Mahulena Nešlehová, Václav Boštík, Jiří Beránek, Ivan Neumann, Karel Pauzer, Michael Rittstein, Zdeněk Sýkora, Adriena Šimotová, Jiří Valoch

Honesty award: Jan Ambrůz; František Skála jr.

Laureates: Vladimír Kokolia

Finalists: Jiří Příhoda