David Černý | Entropa

16 June – 30 June 2019

open daily 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (after agreement beforehand on phone 00420 732 241 127)

Kulturák ARCHA, garden by the No. 125, Lubná

vernissage | 15 June 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. (preview 14 June from 5 p.m.)

curator | Jiří Příhoda

promoted by | PŘEZPOLNÍ z.s.

The exhibition of David Cerny falls into the programming line alternativaARCHA where the cultural centre ARCHA presents artists who began their careers in the 1990s. During Smetana's Creative Litomyšl we are presenting in ARCHA a preparatory model for Entropy - the most famous work by David Černý. Monumental Entropy, with the subtitle "stereotypes are barriers to be removed," was created at the invitation of the Czech government during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The author created it in the spirit of his Kits, from the beginning of the 90s, of the map of Europe, where each state is characterised by one particular subject. Krištof Kintera and Tomáš Pospizsyl were also involved in the origins of the work.

"You know what was in Entropy in the place of the UK? Nothing, it was just not there. But there is a funny story attached to that. About five years ago, I was you invited to the British embassy for a private dinner attended by then Prime Minister Cameron. It was fun ... And I brought him a gift. I took an empty frame from a model aircraft kit, about 10x10 cm, and sprayed it blue like Entropy. I gave it to him, saying, 'this is your enormous contribution to the integration of Britain into the EU’. He laughed a lot. About six months later I spoke with the ambassador, who was with him, and she told me that he has it in his office above the table. But of course the fact of Brexit is a very serious matter, especially for the countries closer to Russia. Putin must have celebrated like crazy." (From the Hospodářské noviny newspaper on 4/11/2016) Quote from the author's biography of David Černý, 2017.

The ARCHA cultural centre building in which the show takes place, is the artistic achievement of Jiří Příhoda. The building was, under the title c-ARK part of Prihoda’s exhibition Statues (2016) in the Troja Palace in Prague City Gallery and was given an award as the best work of art in 2016 in the "Artist has Value" activity.

This project has been realised with support from the State Culture Fund of the Czech Republic and the Pardubice Region.

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