Umělec 1998/2 >> What’s the Award Worth? Просмотр всех номеров
Журнал Umělec
Год 1998, 2
2,50 EUR
Послать печатную версию номера:
Получить подписку

What’s the Award Worth?

Umělec 1998/2


Simona Vladíková | price | en cs

The annual Jindřich Chalupecký Award has been given out since 1990 to young talented artist up to 35 years of age. This history should be time to summarize what this award represents for Czech art community, what prestige it has gained, what role it plays and how it helps the development of young Czech art.
Analyzing all circumstances, we soon find out that a lot of things are different from what ought to be expected. Instead of a smoothly operating institution, we come across a bundle of problems, unclear authorities, lack of information and procedural inconsitencies. All this results in an information vaccuum between the organizational background of the award and the art community which reflects its activities. Ultimately there is poor awarness of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in general.
The inception of the Award is connected with three personalities: Václav Havel, Theodor Pištěk and Jiří Kolář. At the same time the Jindřich Chalupecký Foundation was established and closely tied with the Foundation for a Civil Society (formerly known as The Charter 77 Foundation New York) which was from the beginning playing a major role of a source of contacts and funding. The Foundation for a Civil Society provides the Jindřich Chalupecký Foundation with information and contacts and has helped to organize scholarships for the winners at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and a week stay in New York.
The great help from the Foundation for a Civil Society was no doubt necessary at the beginning but this proved to be a problem later on. Throughout the whole existence of the Award, the U.S. scholarships were considered a sure thing and organizers were not exposed to economic pressures. This is perhaps the reason why the Jindřich Chalupecký Foundation management did not show any efforts to secure support for other activities connected with the Award - an exhibition at Špálova Gallery, a catalogue, media presentations, etc. Efforts of the organizers were truly enthusiastic in the first years of the Award, there is nothing bad about that, but the Foundation failed to stabilize itself quickly. It wasn’t until 1994 that less ambiguous rules were established and a board of directors was appointed. The board was supposed to be in office starting last year but its members were never announced publicly. This, however, is not the only inaccassible information. It would not hurt at all if members of the jury for each annual Award were presented in the press, as well as the amount of money awarded.
The board of directors and the jury of the annual awards consists of top theorists, art critics and active artists of older generations. The Jindřich Chalupecký Award thus has kept a high professional profile throughout its existence. It is all the more sad that the disproportion between professionalism and management gets ever deeper. In addition, throughout the history of the Award, the organizers have been trying to resolve the form of presentation for the winners. Natural tendencies to recapitulate the past eight years lead to a decision to organize a collective exhibition of all winners at Prague Castle.
This effort to close one period and try to think of new possibilities and practical realization of procedural mechanisms was reflected in last year’s annual award. One was able to witness the will for a change in London’s Turner Prize style. The organizers decided to judge not only submitted documentation of the individual artists but also the projects that were actually realized. It is, however, evident that this change in the organization of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award and its evaluation procedures, which now include projects of the finalists, requires more thorough deliberation than just the simple decision of the jury.
It is obvious that necessary changes of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award will touch the issues of organization and financing, which does not imply that the Award is not organizationally and financially secure. The Award’s operations are not grounded professionally. There is not a single manager who would be involved in its operations. If there was someone who would truly build general awareness of the Award and its professionalism, the Award would today enjoy much higher prestige.
Searching for the reasons of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award failure, we cannot blame everything on human error. Of major influence is the fact that the entire non-profit sector is not sufficiently supported by legislature, which places obstacles for its development. Voices pointing out this disproportion have been ignored for a long time. In the meantime, however, the situation has already reached a state of a crisis which needs to be solved very soon. At the same time it is necessary to build general awareness out of necessity to support non-profit organization.


Статья не была прокомментирована

Добавить новый комментарий

Рекомендуемые статьи

My Career in Poetry or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Institution My Career in Poetry or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Institution
An American poet was invited to the White House in order to read his controversial plagiarized poetry. All tricked out and ready to do it his way, he comes to the “scandalous” realization that nothing bothers anyone anymore, and instead of banging your head against the wall it is better to build you own walls or at least little fences.
Acts, Misdemeanors and the Thoughts of the Persian King Medimon Acts, Misdemeanors and the Thoughts of the Persian King Medimon
There is nothing that has not already been done in culture, squeezed or pulled inside out, blown to dust. Classical culture today is made by scum. Those working in the fine arts who make paintings are called artists. Otherwise in the backwaters and marshlands the rest of the artists are lost in search of new and ever surprising methods. They must be earthbound, casual, political, managerial,…
Contents 2016/1 Contents 2016/1
Contents of the new issue.
Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism
Why political intellectuals, do you incline towards the proletariat? In commiseration for what? I realize that a proletarian would hate you, you have no hatred because you are bourgeois, privileged, smooth-skinned types, but also because you dare not say that the only important thing there is to say, that one can enjoy swallowing the shit of capital, its materials, its metal bars, its polystyrene…
04.02.2020 10:17
Следующий шаг?
out - archeology
S.d.Ch, Solitaires and Periphery Culture (a generation born around 1970)
S.d.Ch, Solitaires and Periphery Culture (a generation born around 1970)
Josef Jindrák
Who is S.d.Ch? A person of many interests, active in various fields—literature, theater—known for his comics and collages in the art field. A poet and playwright foremost. A loner by nature and determination, his work doesn’t meet the current trends. He always puts forth personal enunciation, although its inner structure can get very complicated. It’s pleasant that he is a normal person and a…
Читать дальше...
out - poetry
THC Review and the Condemned Past
THC Review and the Condemned Past
Ivan Mečl
We are the fifth global party! Pítr Dragota and Viki Shock, Fragmenty geniality / Fragments of Charisma, May and June 1997. When Viki came to visit, it was only to show me some drawings and collages. It was only as an afterthought that he showed me the Czech samizdat publication from the late 1990s, THC Review. When he saw how it fascinated me, he panicked and insisted that THAT creation is…
Читать дальше...
To hen kai pán (Jindřich Chalupecký Prize Laureate 1998 Jiří Černický)
To hen kai pán (Jindřich Chalupecký Prize Laureate 1998 Jiří Černický)
Читать дальше...
birthing pains
Who’s Afraid of Motherhood?
Who’s Afraid of Motherhood?
Zuzana Štefková
Expanding the definition of “mother” is also a space for reducing pressure and for potential liberation.1 Carol Stabile The year was 2003, and in the deep forests of Lapák in the Kladno area, a woman in the later phase of pregnancy stopped along the path. As part of the “Artists in the Woods” exhibit, passers-by could catch a glimpse of her round belly, which she exposed especially for them in…
Читать дальше...
Knihy, multimédia a umělecká díla, která by vás mohla zajímat Войти в e-shop
1999, 35.5 x 43 cm (3 Pages), Pen & Ink Comic
Больше информации...
672 EUR
754 USD
From series of rare photographs never released before year 2012. Signed and numbered Edition. Photography on 1cm high white...
Больше информации...
220 EUR
247 USD
Limited edition of 10. Size 100 x 70 cm. Black print on durable white foil.
Больше информации...
75 EUR
84 USD


Divus and its services

Studio Divus designs and develops your ideas for projects, presentations or entire PR packages using all sorts of visual means and media. We offer our clients complete solutions as well as all the individual steps along the way. In our work we bring together the most up-to-date and classic technologies, enabling us to produce a wide range of products. But we do more than just prints and digital projects, ad materials, posters, catalogues, books, the production of screen and space presentations in interiors or exteriors, digital work and image publication on the internet; we also produce digital films—including the editing, sound and 3-D effects—and we use this technology for web pages and for company presentations. We specialize in ...

Цитата дня Издатель не несет ответственности за какие-либо психические и физические состояния и расстройства, которые могут возникнуть по прочтении цитаты.

Enlightenment is always late.



Arch 8, Resolution Way, Deptford

London SE8 4NT, United Kingdom
Open on appointment


7 West Street, Hastings
East Sussex, TN34 3AN
, United Kingdom
Open on appointment

Ivan Mečl, +44 (0) 7526 902 082

Kyjov 37, 407 47 Krásná Lípa
Czech Republic
+420 222 264 830, +420 602 269 888

Open daily 10am to 6pm
and on appointment.


Potsdamer Str. 161, 10783 Berlin
Germany, +49 (0) 1512 9088 150
Open on appointment.



Divus New book by I.M.Jirous in English at our online bookshop.