5866 / Petr Stolín, Jan Stolín

18/05/18 - 18/06/18
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
5866 /  Petr Stolín, Jan Stolín


 5866 Petr Stolín Jan Stolín


Brothers, architect Petr Stolín and graphic artist Jan Stolín, present their joint exhibition in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, opening on Thursday 17th May with a concert by The Utraquist. Instead of  a classic presentation of both brothers’ work, as illustrated in the newly issued publication, visitors can familiarise themselves with the specific concept of space: everything customary is transformed – the entrance, movement through the gallery space and lighting. The exhibition will be open to the public until 22nd June (Gallery opening hours have also been changed).

"In the course of its existence, Jaroslav Fragner Gallery has exhibited the work of many significant personalities in Czech and international architecture. The venue itself is intricate and diverse. The main exhibition hall has transformed the atmosphere according to the form of the exhibited works: from museum expositions of suspended archival materials and playful provocative installations to virtual reality. The hall has been extended when necessary in the course of the presentations of ideas by leading architects as well as theorists. The exhibition by Petr and Jan Stolín is focused on expanding the experience of gallery space: the entrance, movement and significance are changed. The gallery space is not an ephemeral world of architectural ideas. On the contrary, the exhibition aims at its constants: architecture is like a space surrounded by walls and an opening, and also facilities such as ventilation to make it habitable. The cultivated rich history of architectural ideas is abandoned in favour of the unusual experience of ordinary space. The exhibition is an interlude in the space of a gallery: it does not refer to something existing elsewhere. It transforms what exists right now," art historian Filip Šenk, curator of the exhibition, explains its concept.


Petr Stolín (*1958), after studying architecture at Brno University of Technology, worked in Stavoprojekt Liberec and under Karel Hubáček in Sial. In 1993 he began to work independently and in 2015 cofounded the CUBE LOVE studio with partner Alena Mičeková. Petr Stolín was the first winner of the newly established Czech Architecture Award (2016) for the building of ZEN Houses, in which he and his partner live as well as work. Filip Šenk comments that this architect’s manifesto is the “living space that is tailor-made, even though it is constructed out of prefabricated elements. Standardisation here is not a goal, but instead a means of creating a unique and personal space; it is necessary to ensure accessibility, emphasis on individuality and not to refer to predetermined patterns of housing.“ Petr Stolín also devotes himself to pedagogical activities and, like his father, runs an atelier at the Faculty of Art and Architecture of the Technical University of Liberec.


Jan Stolín (*1966) studied sculpture at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. His habilitation thesis deals with memorial as an interactive point in the urban landscape. In addition to his own creation, he occasionally works with his brother, heads the Department of Environmental Design at the Faculty of Art and Architecture of the Technical University of Liberec and is also engaged in curatorial activities. In 1997 he cofounded and managed Die Aktualität des Schönen gallery in Liberec and, since 2013, has been manager of the Cube × Cube private gallery. He has participated in many exhibitions and in 2000 was a finalist in the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. He is represented in a number of collections (National Gallery in Prague, Collection of Contemporary Art in Mikulov, Jiří Valoch Collection and others.)


In 2001, for their most significant joint work, Memorial to Victims and Fighters for the Freedom of the Homeland on Štefánik Square in Liberec, the Stolín brothers received Honorary Mention at the Grand Prix of Architects. The curator describes the specific approach of architect and sculptor to this work: “The common aspect of the work of architect and sculptor is the developed ability to think spatially. Situating in space and time are the basic determinations of man. While time has received great attention and there are countless works of art dealing with the finality of man, space does not appear so often in critical thinking.  Yet, just as we inevitably find ourselves in time, so are we in space. We cannot create our own time and it is completely out of reach, and yet the ability to perceive time is significant. The ability to perceive space should be similarly developed, if not more so. Indeed, we are able to influence space rather than time. In their work, brothers Petr and Jan Stolín, whether jointly or individually, focus precisely on emphasising the experience of space. They create unusual spatial situations that make the audience or inhabitants notice space more. There are unique moments that can hardly, if ever, be captured and mediated through photography, because it understandably offers only one angle of view, while physical presence in space includes a peripheral view, as well as awareness of the space behind. The problem in capturing such a perception by a photograph or drawing arises because it encompasses many random qualities, such as ephemeral reflection of light, echoed sound, or the light touch of flowing air. It does not try to create an environment which we have completely under our control. The environment is designed as open, which is offered for the perception of such random factors. This is the case of the 5866 exhibition in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery. This is why, already at first contact with the exhibition, space is changed: entrance is through a small door, from an unusual side. Visitors will find an equally unusual environment inside. The purpose is to mediate an unusual experience of a usual space.“


Entrance to the exhibition leads through the Bethlehem Chapel (through the Museum of Master Jan Hus on the first floor) across a wooden bridge connecting Bethlehem Chapel and the Preacher’s House (that is, the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery), directly to the installation. Visitors will be able to purchase the exhibition catalogue and other publications in the Gallery foyer (accessible through the main entrance of the JFG).




open daily from 10:00 to 18:00,

closed: 29 May; 12, 14, 19, 20, 21 June

shortened opening hours:

26 May 13:00 – 18:00

5 June 10:00 – 15:00

11 June 10:00 – 15:00

15 June 10:00 – 16:00

18 June 10:00 – 16:00

uniform admission fee: CZK 60 (entry both to Bethlehem Chapel and JFG)



name: 5866 Petr Stolín Jan Stolín

text: Filip Šenk

graphic layout: Marek Nedelka

format: B3

language: Czech, English

ISBN: 978-80-88161-08-0