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Art and Heritage in Central Europe

“No Feeling Is Final. The Skopje Solidarity Collection” Exhibition at the National Gallery in Prague

Art and Heritage in Central Europe

The international group exhibition “No Feeling Is Final. The Skopje Solidarity Collection” revolves around the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Skopje’s unusual collection of modern works, as well as the historical and political context of this extraordinary project. After the massive earthquake that hit Skopje in 1963, there was a huge effort to help rebuild the devastated city, as a large-scale gesture of international solidarity. The decision was made to establish a museum of contemporary art as a key cultural element of the reconstruction, and thousands of works were donated to Skopje by artists from around the world. The collection of MoCA Skopje represents a time capsule of late modernism across the Iron Curtain, as it goes beyond the established Western canon and incorporates works by artists from the former Eastern Bloc (including Czechoslovakia) and artists from the then Third World or Global South. Originally held at Kunsthalle Wien in 2023, the exhibition will be presented at the National Gallery Prague (NGP) in a modified version, expanded to include donations from both Czechoslovak artists and the NGP itself, which contributed a selection of works of classical modernism. Contemporary artists were invited to work with the collection and history of its solidarity: Jesper Alvaer and Isabela Grosseová, Brook Andrew, Yane Calovski & Hristina Ivanovska, Siniša Ilić, Iman Issa, Gülsün Karamustafa, Elfie Semotan and also writer Barbi Marković.

The exhibition in Prague (Trade Fair Palace), organised in cooperation with Kunsthalle Wien and MoCA Skopje, is open from March 21st to September 29th, 2024.

More information: https://www.ngprague.cz/en/event/3915/%C5%BD%C3%A1dn%C3%BD%20pocit%20netrv%C3%A1%20v%C4%9B%C4%8Dn%C4%9B.%20Sb%C3%ADrka%20solidarity%20ve%20Skopji%E2%80%AF

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