The Prague Gallery Křehký invited the Rauminhalt Gallery from Vienna and the Kabinet Gallery from Bratislava to the chateau to introduce their representative artists and designers. The Křehký Gallery presented the opening of the “Altar of St. Francis”, a joint work with designer Klára Šumová and the newly elected illustrator of the year of the Czech Grand Design Awards Michal Bačák.
The award-winning designers introduced the unique concept of a home altar directly inside the chapel of Mikulov chateau. “The Altar of St. Francis is a personal, splendid illustration but also a piece of furniture. It is a votive object for our intimate world. Moreover, it works as a cabinet, it is possible to hide treasures in it,” describes Klára Šumová. “It is not primarily a religious theme of the altar, it is rather a beautiful box for personal treasures. Michal Bačák worked here with the aesthetics of renaissance knightly scenes, but the knights are in his presentation, which always slightly shifts reality, factual birds, dressed as knights and their ladies. The only true religious attribute is the goldfinch, a Marian symbol that is not dressed and forms the heart of the altar in its simplicity,” explain Křehký curators Jana Zielinski and Jiří Macek. The altar will be accompanied by wooden sculptures of birds and in its complete form will be on display at Designblok in Prague.
The Vienna Gallery Rauminhalt, led by Harald Bichler, introduced its key artist, Austrian Patrick Rampelott. In his Vaporware collection, consisting mainly of lamps and sofas, he worked on his main themes: obsession with old styles, remodelling them into new pieces using contemporary means of expression, blurring reality between virtual and real and transforming the original function of the objects into completely new contexts.
Vlado Zelenák from the Bratislava Gallery Kabinet introduced several artists. Mira Podmanická and Markéta Nováková presented a collection of handmade vases called “Louka” (“Meadow”) which are originally sculptured after the traditional castings into porcelain moulds and each one of them is an original. Simona Janišová introduced the play with the traditional production of ceramics, while the Mejd studio presented the metal light fittings, which are poured directly into plaster moulds and carved out from them as sculptures into the final form.
In addition to the gallerists there was also an exhibition with a theme called “Les a Lov” (“Forest and Hunting”). At this exhibition Markéta Kratochvílová introduced her jewels, who was inspired by Korean pearl hunters. She was awarded a jewellery designer of the year by the Czech Grand Design Awards. Barbora Moravová with her installation “Lovec tmy” (“Hunter of Darkness”) was also exhibiting and last but not least Lucie Miklóšová was showcasing her collection “Lovci a sběrači” (“Hunters and Collectors”). Everything was compiled and assembled by the original architecture from H3T architects. The renowned designer Jiří Pelcl presented a complex of forest glass in the exhibition called Forestglasscollection.
The seventh year of the art design festival took place from the 26th May to 28th May 2017. The exhibition was on display at Mikulov chateau until 3rd September 2017. In addition to a number of exhibitions and collectible previews was ensured as an extensive accompanying program such as the tour of the Pirsc Porcelain manufactures, festival brunch with a presentation from the designers, a trip to the Lednice-Valtice grounds and a traditional pilgrimage to the Holy Hill.
We chose the theme Aristocracy for the Křehký Mikulov festival in the year 2018. And we took the best from it.
The sensation of beauty, entering the original items into production, whose original design are still admired to this day, excellent craftsmanship of utility items for daily life. And these qualities were also connected in the work of designers who exhibited in Mikulov during the 2018 event. They were from neighbouring countries that surround Moravia, such as Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and of course Bohemia. Hunting trophies, the closure of the Slavkov porcelain factory, the dreamy summer residence, the noble porcelain and the magic of tapestries were the other themes that resonated within the chateau.
The artistic design festival celebrated the eighth anniversary at the chateau in Mikulov from the 25th May to 10th June 2018. Galleries, designers, artists, collectors and premières of unique designed objects and installations. We chose the theme Aristocracy for the Křehký Mikulov festival in the year 2018. And we took the best from it.
New stories of Czech and world design, a weekend meeting with gallerists and designers, an accompanying program and an unmistakable cultural and social program in the atmosphere of an architecturally extraordinary town in the vineyard region and beyond the busy events of metropolis. A place of extraordinary meetings and experiences for guests and also for partners of the festival. This is the festival of art design Křehký Mikulov.
Throughout its history Křehký Mikulov has become a popular opportunity for meetings of lovers of contemporary art and design, gallerists and collectors in the landscape and atmosphere of South Moravia. “Our dream of a Central European event for art and design lovers is becoming a reality here. The beautiful landscape and charm of Mikulov itself contribute significantly to the attractiveness of the festival,” say the creative directors of Křehký Jana Zielinski and Jiří Macek.