Previous Future 18. 1. 2022 – 31. 12. 2022
Author of concept: Adam Tureček
Curators: Anna Švarc, Marie Foltýnová
The future we still remember. A future that didn’t happen. A future that has grown old.
The idea of this exhibition is to provide the passing viewer with a different perspective on the materials and the works of art, through sci-fi and futuristic visions of the Prague metro.
The Prague metro – especially the part built before 1989 – contains elements that resemble various mysterious artefacts from the future, from another dimension or left behind by other civilisations. These elements are works of art; architecture or parts thereof. The exhibition is installed in a showcase in the lobby of the Anděl metro station – the Na Knížecí exit.
It offers several perceptual and optically mutually-interconnected or overlapping layers or plans. The authentic layer, or reality, is formed by historical photographs and spatial objects. These are authentic materials from the Prague metro, construction parts and architectural prefabricated parts, parts of artworks and interior accessories. The metro tiles, made from ceramic, glass, and stone, which every passenger passes daily on their way to work, school, or home, barely perceiving their aesthetic significance, gain a new dimension and value seen from a new perspective thanks to an associative layer – a distinctive graphic intervention in a light playful illustrative line.
The last layer of information consists of the labels of the exhibited objects, which will help viewers to orient themselves in time and space.