“From the architectonic point of view, the main theme of the exhibition is augmented bellows of a historical camera, which divides the exhibition chronologically and thematically, and provides exhibition space for photographs and exhibits. The exhibition maps one hundred years of theatre development in our country. It was located on a gable construction, which provided space for sensitive photographs and objects with special requirements for lighting. Material referred to the carpentry tradition of scenery making. The lens of the camera was pointed at an elevated back room – a stage, where visitors could participate in a supporting program, with a space for a studio,” says Marcela Steinbachová, the author of the concept, in the nomination document, which is available on the Grand Prix website, including photos. The Architecture Grand Prix – Czech Architecture Award is annually awarded by the Society of Czech Architects; the traditional members of the jury are international and one Czech professional. If you did not see the exhibition at the Municipal House last year, you can see and walk through it in the virtual tour on the project’s website. The show presented Czech theatre photography as a world phenomenon. The curators Anna Hejmová and Vojtěch Poláček mapped collections of public institutions, studios, theatre archives, and private collections, and put together the history of Czech theatre-making illustrated on the development of arts, aesthetics, technologies, social and political life. The unique exhibition was accompanied by the book Czech Theatre Photography, which received the Theatre Newspaper Award for Publications in theatre. The book is available in the Prospero bookshop.
The exhibition Czech Theatre Photography has been nominated for the Architecture Grand Prix
The architecture design of the show Czech Theatre Photography 1859- 2017, organized by the Arts and Theatre Institute in the Municipal House in Prague, is nominated for the Architecture Grand Prix – Czech Architecture Award in architectonic design. The exhibition was designed by Skupina Studio – Marcela Steinbachová, and Vít Holý. You can still see it on a virtual tour.