During this time, it is easy to miss many of our usual activities. Luckily, you can still enjoy art at the Galerie ProLuka due to its peculiar location at the park, Bezručovy sady. Because this gallery is outside, it is available to guests all hours of the day, every day of the week.
The minds behind ProLuka Galerie are Denisa Václavová and Krištof Kintera. They originally started exhibiting site-specific art installations eight years ago in the Vršovice neighborhood. Over time, the unofficial guerilla-style art gallery became more legitimate. By 2017, they moved to the gallery’s current location at Bezručovy sady. The gallery focuses on one artist’s installation at a time, presenting a new artist every few months. Now, the gallery has an impressive roster of 22 exhibition projects that mainly focuses on Czech artists.
It is somewhat bizarre to think of art being outside, and it is a concept that one must experience themselves. At first, the gallery can be difficult to spot. The art exists in the space with minimal acknowledgment of its presence. Other than a few small plaques along the sidewalk, the art stands on its own. However, once you see it, it is well worth the visit.
The current exhibition is by TIMO, a Brno-based anonymous artist who was declared “the most important Czech street art artist” by Čtyři Dny. Usually, TIMO uses the city walls in Brno as his canvas, but for his appearance in Prague, he has chosen an installation with the Galerie ProLuka. TIMO is known for his activist and often satirical art, such as his parody of the Albert supermarket chain logo, which actually pointed viewers to the Albertina art gallery in Vienna. TIMO’s installation at Galerie ProLuka is intended to be a commentary on the connection between the economy and the environment. However, you will need to visit the gallery yourself to find out what it is.
Visit the unique ProLuka Galerie and view TIMO: LE, curated by Radek Wohlmuth, by visiting Bezručovy sady, located on Slovenská street. The park is located right above the tram stop, Krymská. The gallery is most closely situated across the street from Slovenská 1705, 120 00 Vinohrady.
Both founders of Galerie ProLuka are seasoned art professionals in Prague. Denisa Václavová is one of the producers of Čtyři Dny, or 4 + 4 Days in Motion, a contemporary art festival that takes place in Prague every year. Krištof Kintera is a Prague-based artist whose oeuvre is an incredible assortment of drawings, installations, sculptures, and more.
Check out their work: