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Malleable Memory / Art for Public Space of Pardubice › 13/8–11/10/2020

Malleable Memory / Art for Public Space of Pardubice
Malleable Memory / Art for Public Space of Pardubice

INSTALLATIONS: Jan Dudešek (CZ/CH) – Comunite Fresca – Kjetil Kristensen (NO) – Matouš Lipus – Andrea Sobotková

SITUATIONS: Filip Jakš – Lenka Kerdová – Cristina Maldonado (MEX/CZ) a kol. – Eliška Perglerová – Ladislav Železný and others

PLACES: Červeňák – Chrudimka – Labe – Brána borců – OC Grand – The Observatory of Baron A. Kraus

curator: Šárka Zahálková


Memory, whether it be individual, collective, or linked to specific places and situations, is co-created by narratives transmitted both orally and in writing: through old wives’ tales, personal experiences, or things we only glimpse for a moment; things we read in fiction or academic texts, in the news or other media. A seemingly objective grasp of the past is influenced, to a greater or lesser degree, by the position of the narrator, by their subjective interpretation, and also by the social and political system, the context of the times, and so on. In other words, history is not written by grand figures and events; it is we, the people, who articulate the stories of our ancestors and their actions, assigning specific meanings to them.

From time to time, it is entirely appropriate to change the narrative – to bring attention to the fact that no historical event or personal experience is determined by a single narrative. Even a small tremor or a shift in the narrator can lead to unexpected awakenings – in the international context, these include themes such as colonialism and inequalities related to gender, race, and nationality.

We realise that art can be a significant agent of change in society, which is why we try to make our exhibitions and educational projects reflect current topics and support open debate, particularly on the local level. The second edition of our art festival in the public spaces of Pardubice, which opens on 13 August and lasts until 11 October 2020, aims to use the languages of art to bring attention to several locations in Pardubice whose stories are somewhat forgotten. The genius loci found at these sites inspired us and the invited artists, whose projects mediate or suggest a broader context, forgotten continuities, and possible futures for these locations.

Throughout the summer and early autumn, the series of temporary installations in public spaces will be complemented by live art events, walks, and happenings, which will aim both to mediate existing works and to activate further locations and topics surrounding the memory of the city and its architecture.


Thursday 13 August 2020 › 16:00 › GAMPA › An exhibition-opening bike ride over the temporary installations in the public spaces of Pardubice. Bring your own bikes!

  • 16:00  GAMPA  beginning of the show-opening bike ride
  • 18:30 OC GRAND  opening of Insider, a performative installation by Cristiny Maldonado a co.
  • 19:30 Art Space NOV  Wabi Experience  concert
  • 21:00 Klub 29  DJ Bingi  afterparty


Andrea Sobotková (* 1994) Her work articulates the relationship between people and lived space, approaching the residua of architecture and the landscape, which are created through a transformation in use as a result of some form of deterioration – the erosion that follows brings with it a gradual transformation of the landscape. 

Double Lunar Dogs*, are objects situated above the surface of the Chrudimka River that allow for a temporary connection between the two banks of the river. By intersecting the horizontal, we follow the path of the original bridge, of which a few massive concrete pillars still remain. In the past, these served as a training ground for bridge-building – corridors of movement for the shifting of mass. They are the hidden targets of the reflections of light, arrows, and the surrounding wilderness.

Andrea Sobotková - installation process

Comunite Fresca is composed of a trio of artists: Dana Balážová, Markéta Filipová, and Marie Štindlová. In form and content, they bring into the sphere of contemporary art the ancient technique of the fresco, i.e. painting onto wet plaster. In 2019, Comunite Fresca was nominated for the prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký Award. 

No title (Brána borců)What’s known as Brána borců (The Gate of the Athletes) is the concrete shell roof of the Summer Stadium, designed by architects Karel Řepa and Ferdinand Potůček. In this piece, it becomes the site of a dialogue between the present and the past. With their original mural in wet plaster, the Comunite Fresca collective complements the original symbol, half a horse kicking a football (now considerably degraded by time), thus creating an imaginative landscape for Pardubice.

Comunite Fresca - process of creation on Brána borců

Jan Dudešek (* 1946, CZ/CH) is a native of Pardubice. He moved to Switzerland in the 1960s and now divides his time between Pardubice and Zürich. His objects are always sensitively resonant to the sites where they are settled – both metaphorically and literally. They make use of the natural acoustics of these sites or make them vibrate intentionally. 

Místo místa (The Site of Site)The artist’s installation is a reminiscence of a disappeared place in Pardubice and a homage to the engineer Jan Záhorský, the creator of the former hydroelectric power station on the Chrudimka River. The work is a tribute to the roar of falling water, the winter scenery with its fairy-tale-like icicles, the children fishing in the whirlpools under the sluicegates.

Jan Dudešek and his installation

Matouš Lipus (* 1987)  is a graduate of the sculpture studio at UMPRUM in Prague (2015). His work is based on historical, generally figural models, from Romanesque and Gothic works to social civilism in modern sculpture of the mid-20th century. He is interested in contemporary forms of sculpture in relation to public space and the possibilities of including sculptures in the design of architecture.  

Přání (Wish). Miroslav Baše’s athlete statues represent a striking detail on the facade of the Gate of the Athletes at the functionalist Summer Stadium, designed by Karel Řepa and Ferdinand Potůček. Matouš Lipus first created precise imprints of these sculptural decorations in order to place the copies he made into different constellations. The copying and relocation activates our reading of the sculptures, alerting us to the current state of architecture and opening up a discussion on its future.

Matouš Lipuš - transport and placing statues on the tribune of Brána borců

Kjetil Detroit Kristensen (* 1981, NO) is a Norwegian artist who works in various fields, including installation, film, and performance. His long-term aim is to explore and erase the borders between art and everyday life. In his artistic practice, Kristensen works both in galleries and in public spaces, building bridges between the two and searching for intersections. 

Eternally Lost, Eternally GainedThe temporarily reshaped pier on the Labe River near the Na Špici Park becomes a monument, a place for alternative encounters and interactions. It becomes a ship that asks questions, absorbs narratives, and tries to retell them.

part of Kjetil Kristensens installation by the river

Photos from the exhibition

Accompanying program

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Malleable Memory / The exhibition-opening bike ride

Malleable Memory / The exhibition-opening bike ride
› Thu 13/8/2020 16:00

Divadlo 29 | GAMPA | public space | vernissage | Relativity

An exhibition-opening bike ride over the temporary installations in the public spaces of Pardubice. Bring your own bikes!


Jan Dudešek (CZ/CH) – Comunite Fresca – Kjetil Kristensen (NO) – Matouš Lipus – Andrea Sobotková & opening of a three-day performance by Cristina Maldonado and co.: Insider, on the premises of the former Grand Hotel

Cristina Maldonado & kol.: Insider/ Unveiling Reality

Cristina Maldonado & kol.: Insider/ Unveiling Reality
› Fri 14/8/2020 11:00

OC Grand | performance | Relativity

A three-day performative intervention – a performance for two audience members that operates on the borders of virtual and physical reality. Registration needed!

The performance lasts 70 minutes, beginning at the following times: 11:00 / 12:30 / 14:00 / 15:30 / 17:00 In English only.


Malleable Memory: Chrudimka

Malleable Memory: Chrudimka
› Sat 22/8/2020 15:00

Chrudimka | performance | walk | Relativity

Time flows down the river, its bed growing over with the acoustics of silence, the lived moment, and non-linear narratives.

Filip Jakš, Lenka Kerdová, Eliška Perglerová, Andrea Sobotková, Ladislav Železný, and others.

Registration needed! Further information: info@gmpardubice.cz, 732 436 722

Malleable Memory: The Observatory

Malleable Memory: The Observatory
› Wed 2/9/2020 17:00

The Observatory of Baron A. Kraus | concert | festival | lecture | Relativity

At the Pardubice Observatory, local history meets cosmology, philosophy, and other unforeseen layers of everyday life that we will try to accelerate over the course of an evening. Looking into the starry skies means looking into an image of the past. 

Lukáš Likavčan: Introduction to Comparative Planetology – Eliška Perglerová and Lenka Kerdová: Hra na krbíky – WIDT: Mentos Gulgendo (PL), and more.


Malleable Memory / European Heritage Days
› Sat 12/9/2020 10:00

GAMPA | workshop

How is the memory of places born, and how can we transfer it to matter? A creative workshop for children and adults inspired by the festival of art in public spaces. Further information: brezinova@gmpardubice.cz

Cycle Ride / European Heritage Days
› Sat 12/9/2020 14:00

GAMPA | walk | Relativity

A guided bicycle tour through the sites at which GAMPA’s festival of public art brings the stories of the past together with contemporary artistic interpretations. The gathering point will be by the Gallery, on the Příhrádek. Bring your own bike! Further information: info@gmpardubice.cz