Křehký Mikulov 2017

Oltář sv. Františka, Klára Šumová a Michal Bačák, foto: Míša Karásková

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.

Křehký Mikulov 2018

Muchomůrky, Ineke Hans; Foto: Salim Issa

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.

Křehký Mikulov

Jana Zielinski a Jiří Macek, Mikulov 2019

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.

Křehký Mikulov 2019

Jana Zielinski a Jiří Macek, Mikulov 2019

The artistic design festival Křehký Mikulov traditionally celebrated their ninth anniversary at the chateau in Mikulov from the 24th May to the 9th June 2019.

Thus, archeology in the sense of exploring traditions imprinted in contemporary design and art. Survey of our relationship to objects, to the beauty of the Mikulov region and to design as a tool that can turn everyday reality into a fete. We introduced the Czechia project as the first archeological tasting ground, which also examines the Mikulov landscape and its customs. Eight months before Křehký Mikulov the creators buried treasure in the ground. Something that is intrinsically linked to the Mikulov chateau. What was the destiny of the object uncovered in the excavation? The photographer Michaela Karásek Čejková, along with fashion designer Kateřina Plamitzerová and landscape architect Lucie Králíková mapped, researched and remodelled the whole excavation into an exhibition that premièred within the Křehký Mikulov festival.

The central exhibition was called for the second time the Research of Substance. We focused on porcelain, which is an essential for the Křehký gallery brand. Most often it addresses designers with the creation of new pieces particularly from this material and for the long term is trying to show the delicate beauty and charm that porcelain carries in itself. The renowned Dutch designer Ineke Hans presented a new piece simply called “Jug”. Fine porcelain, floral decor in contrast with a rustic shape that does not deny the roots of the author from the renowned Gouda area. Maxim Velčovský created a special edition called “Katastrofické vázy” (“Catastrophic Vases”) on the occasion of the festival. A catastrophe hit the ground, but one vase survived. And on it he imprinted what can be found in a post-catastrophic landscape.

We also addressed the Slovak designer Zuzana Svátik, who worked through porcelain addressing three subjects political, sociable and gender issues. Simona Janišová, also from Slovakia, works with porcelain and with state-of-the-art forming techniques, but she was happy to return to traditional works with a circular wheel and spatula. Edina Andrasi from Hungary approached her vases as statues. Roman Šedina invited other colleagues from various fields to cooperate in order to enrich his vases with other elements - including jewellery designer Markéta Kratochvílová, fashion designer Milim and illustrator Michal Bačák.

We also prepared an innovation a project called “Manufaktury” (“Manufactures”), where both young and mature visitors can participate in workshops with renowned designers, such as Michal Strach, Bro., Michal Bačák and Diego Faivre.

The artistic design festival Křehký Mikulov traditionally celebrated their ninth anniversary at the chateau in Mikulov from the 24th May to the 9th June 2019. This year's theme was Archeology.