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A New Guide to Prague 'Curator'

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A new guide to Prague, called Curator, attempts to show the city to locals and tourists in a different light. A group of three art historians have handpicked the best of Prague galleries, contemporary spaces, paintings and sculptures, art cafés and art in the streets and interviewed people who have something to say about them. Instead of the traditional sights and overpriced tourists traps, Curator invites its users to discover interesting, and lesser-known places lying off the beaten tourist track.

Why did you give it the name Curator? 

“Because it is curated: It is us, the authors, who chose the galleries, the artists and even the people who we interviewed. We wanted to stress that our point of view is subjective and that there were other opinions, other galleries and other artists. 

“Also, we simply liked the word. We were looking for a title, which is always very complicated, and I think this one works quite well.” 

What kind of art does your guide present? 

“Basically, every kind. There are large public institutions, big and small private and public galleries, but there is also a chapter dedicated to architecture, art in public spaces, street art and art in metro. So we tried to show Prague in its diversity and beauty. 

“Prague is a medieval city and we have wonderful medieval art, which is unique even in the European context. At the same time we have amazing young painters and artists, so we wanted to show the full scale of art that can be found in Prague.” 

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According to what key did you select the galleries and objects? 

“There were three of us, so we always had to agree on what to add to the guidebook. We also discussed its content with many people. It took us almost two years to put it together. We discussed our choices with gallerists, artists and collectors, and we included their point of view in the book. 

“So we didn’t really have any special key. We were just trying to put together opinions of different people involved in the art scene. We tried to be as objective as possible but with the subjectivity which is inherent to a topic like this one.” 

Were there places or objects that you simply had to leave out because of a lack of space? 

“Yes, many of them. We started with something that was supposed to be just a leaflet but it kept growing and growing. We wanted to have a book that you can carry around with you all the time, have it in your pocket or handbag, so we had to stick with the small scale. Obviously we had to leave out some chapters. 

“At the beginning we wanted to have a chapter with plans on what you can do on a rainy days or Mondays, when galleries are closed in Prague. But it had so many pages that we had to leave it for another book.” 

So are you planning to publish another book in the future? 

“We hope so. We will definitely have to update the book. The art scene is very much alive and galleries keep closing and opening. So in the future, we might publish an updated version and add some extra chapters or interviews. That is the idea.” 

For full interview with one of the authors Valérie Dvořáková continue on the Czech Radio website.

 


Source: Czech Radio