Group Therapy

26 April – 11 August 2024
Opening on Thursday, 25 April at 07:00 PM
Prague City Gallery – House at the Stone Bell
Prague, Czech Republic

Artists: Vasil Artomonov & Aleksey Klyuykov, Sasha Auerbakh, Albena Baeva, Eleni Bagaki, Daniel Balabán, Levan Chelidze, Lana Čmajčanin, Danica Dakić, Anna Daučíková, Aleksandra Domanović, Petra Feriancová, Kyriaki Goni, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güreş, Ksenya Hnylytska, Vladimír Houdek, Anna Hulačová, Hristina Ivanoska, Sanja Iveković, Nikita Kadan, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Alevtina Kakhidze, Šejla Kamerić, Lito Kattou, Lesia Khomenko, Zdena Kolečková, Eva Koťátková, Marie Kratochvílová, Andreja Kulunčić, Nino Kvrisvishvili, KW (Igor Korpaczewski), Little Warsaw, Václav Magid, Radenko Milak, Brilant Milazimi, Ciprian Mureşan, Roman Ondak, Dan Perjovschi, Alma Lily Rayner, Slavs and Tatars, Marie Tučková, Martina Vacheva.

Invited Artists: Lenka Glisníková, Klaudie Hlavatá, Jindřiška Jabůrková, StonyTellers*

Curated by Magdalena Juříková, Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher

Presenting around 80 works by 46 artists, the exhibition Group Therapy is a dialogue, an encounter, an exchange of artistic ideas and concepts, and a juxtaposition of artworks from two different collections. Holdings from – and recent acquisitions for – the collection of Prague City Gallery are brought together here with pieces from Art Collection Telekom, which was launched by Deutsche Telekom in 2010 to promote and collect contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

Current issues and accounts of lived reality are central to this dialogue. The stories embedded in the artworks are about everyday life, personal hopes and fears, social cohesion and politics, but also explore fundamental questions related to the notion of democracy, democratic values, and the concept of a free and open society. These narratives contextualise the presentation and serve as pointers for the dialogue with and between the pieces on show. In the exhibition, they are encapsulated by the following terms:

Equal Rights – Democracy
Individualism – World Visions
Community – Spiritual
Dimensions – Emotional Balance
Memory – History – Identity
Future Perspectives – Technology

The selected themes and works seek a balance for individuals dealing with frightening challenges posed by the major conflicts of our time. What images shape memories and create history, on both a personal and a societal level? How can peaceful coexistence be achieved? What influence will technological advances, digitisation and artificial intelligence have? What does the future of the planet look like? Do private dreams and personal mythologies still have a role to play? Can individuals contribute towards shaping history? How do we react to war, and what position do we take towards totalitarian regimes, segregation and exclusion? How do we cope with the pressures, injuries and traumas we experience?

*These artists were invited by Art Collection Telekom and Prague City Gallery to produce new works for this exhibition.