beyond visual aspects of public space and landscape in Norway as inspiration for the Czech Republic

Project is financed by the EEA, 06 Cz program – cultural heritage and contemporary art, supported by grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The project is held under the auspices of H. E. Siri Ellen Sletner, the Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prague.

An international project that through the medium of photography, documentary and video art presents visual aspects of art and fine architecture, which became part of the Norwegian landscape and public space.

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– presentation of a unique approach of using of contemporary art in the context of access to exceptional sites in Norway
– photography as an intermediary and communication medium

sensitive dialogue of art and landscape
culture versus nature, artistic interventions into the mass of nature
architecture as part of the art .. as artistic artefact.. new aesthetic function
architectural elements on the border between architecture and art with aesthetic quality
pilgrimage for art and landscape – different view of the countryside
The Kingdom of Norway is developing a long-term care for its cultural landscape and public areas through the promotion and implementation of unique artistic and architectural achievements that improve the quality of life not only local communities but also foreign visitors in Norway. E.g. Norwegian tourist routes (NTO) is a project that has become a phenomenon in contemporary architecture, visual arts, and access to modern and sustainable approach to the cultural landscape and services. It is a site specific installation created for the specific location, which operates with a specific genius loci. It also includes small architecture, which is inspired by the Norwegian landscape and has considerable aesthetic function in harmony with nature of the site. The NTO became an impulse for local activities, cultural services and overall cultural, environmental and social sustainability. It represents a unique creative line:
“new relationships – new situation – new context – new story.”

aim of the project/
international cooperation in the framework of the use of contemporary art in the context of the development of society, transfer of experience to the Czech cultural context




The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery is located in the historic centre of Prague and is one of the few galleries in the Czech Republic devoted solely to the presentation of architecture. There is already more than half a century tradition, and since 2006 it has been operated by the Architectura association. Authors from the Czech Republic, Europe and the world, especially progressive studios of middle and upcoming generation exhibit here regularly. The gallery has a long-term cooperation with a number of European architectural art galleries, centres and educational institutions. It cooperates closely with artistic and technical universities, organizes international conferences, field trips, spreads publications, organizes and experts´ lectures and master classes. It also realises presenting of Czech works abroad and has organized several major exhibitions of contemporary Czech architectural design. Solo exhibitions are devoted to current issues, renowned personalities and history of the 20th century. In recent years the gallery has also presented the subject of public space, sustainable architecture and the conversion of industrial heritage in the form of solo exhibitions and festivals.

Selection of the presented foreign studios – Bjarke Ingels Group, Bow-Wow, Querkraft, FOA, Jürgen Mayer, MVRDV, Riedijk Neutelings, René van Zuuk, NL Architects, Bartlett School, Eduardo Souto de Moura, XDGA, Bevk Perović, AmP Arquitectos

Selected Czech exhibitions – Antonín Raymond 7×, Věra and Vladimír Machonin, Jan Bočan, SIAL, Alena Šrámková, Emil Králíček; Green Architecture.CZ, Contemporary Czech Industrial, Projectil, Kamil Mrva, Aulík Fišer architects, DAM, Zdeněk Fránek, A69, New Work, Punk in Czech architecture

Long-term international projects – Landscape Festival Prague (landscape architecture, land-art, lectures by foreign experts), Experimental Architecture Biennial (architecture using new technologies and materials, algorithms and biological processes, exhibition and international symposium), Open Air Arena Betlémské náměstí (all kinds of art in public space, Bethlehem Culture Night – cooperation with the neighbouring cultural institutions), Wine and Architecture in Central Europe (visits, publication, international conference, exhibitions)

Festivals of contemporary Czech architecture abroad – Berlin, Bratislava, Hamburg

The most successful exhibitions abroad – Czech Architectural Cubism (Berlin, Helsinki, Košice, Luxembourg, Madrid, Munich, New York, Paris, Tokyo), Prague Functionalism (Austin, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Ljubljana, Madrid, New York, Porto, Regensburg, Sofia, Tel Aviv), New Face of Prague (Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Bratislava, Dresden, Hamburg, Sofia, Vienna)

Other major international projects – Architecture outside the Traditional Centers (two-year research grant in collaboration with FUA TU Liberec, conferences, visits, publications, workshops, study visits, exhibition), Artscape Norway – presentation of art and architecture in the Norwegian landscape and public space (exhibition, film documentary, video art, publications), Prague Railway Stations Un/Used (exhibition and international conference to support the rescue Žižkov Freight Railway Station)

Foreign partners – AEDES in Berlin, the Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw, Design Factory in Bratislava, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Architekturzentrum Wien, NAi in Rotterdam, ABC Architectuurcenter in Haarlem, Budapest Centre of Architecture FUGA, Merano Arte in Merano, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, ROM/KUNST+ARKITEKTUR in Oslo, CCCB in Barcelona, ​​the Victoria & Albert Museum in London


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