[artinfo] PRAGUE BIENNALE is the one and only PRAGUE BIENNALE

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   T   occasion we asked the Prague National Gallery to host the exhibitio   n. The director of the gallery, Milan Knizak, conceded this
   hospitality   (suffice it to    the fax machines    Gallery, thus compelling us   National Gallery building). But t   gesture was denying our Producer/Manager,    the National Gallery, for the completely trivia   that Prihoda had dared to criticize one of Knizak   installations during a debate. But the cherry on the cake w   Knizak took, for his own benefit, the money earned from the ent   tickets to the Biennale, a total of 100.000 euros, with the excus   that there was only a verbal, not a written agreement.

   For this second edition, since the very begi   the possibility of working with a person who is    basically unscrupulous, such as Milan Knizak, who us   National Gallery as his own personal feud (and where he h   as if he was a great protagonist of the art scene, close to   room of his own).

   For those who live outside the Czech Republic   Knizak, perhaps a brief introduction    Fluxus artists and certainly not one of   been a bit of a rebel in the past, oppos   systems. After the fall of the Berlin wall and   friends who were politicians (and not exactly progr   particular the President of the Republic, Klaus, he be   unstoppable ascension that in no time at all took him from bein   simple professor to becoming the Director of the Academy of Fine Ar   ts and immediately after the Director of the National Gallery and of
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   The Czech Republic's desertion of the international art scene

   An all round man of power indeed.Power which in a short while mad   him forget his past as an arsonist and made him become a fierce and i   mplacable enemy of every form of new and progressive/avant-garde art.
   <   Prague an   becomes the palad   retro-garde by exhibiting it    export it abroad. Never have the    received so little attention and consider   last few years due to the lack of support an   National Gallery. And Mi   the total absence   scene. Just when new and   such as those of Poland, the Slovak Republic<   Hungary, were starting to come into the limelight, Milan Knizak was
   Consequently it would have been impossible t   together on PRAGUE BIENNALE 2,   financed, created (thanks to the enligh   brought to success despite the continual ill   boycotting that Mr. Knizak subjected us to in 2003. Relu   only to take away our ideas and possible advantages, he gav   hospitality in his National Gallery (sending us also the bill for    the postage stamps for the invitations that we had printed ourselves
   an   the 
   And we, being people who like to work calmly   work and stress are tiring enough without add   internal battles) tried to find a venue for the new   BIENNALE that was not the National Gallery, having t   substantial stress and costs that reduced our already limited bu   dget.

   But do you know what happened? D   decades has never done a thing, who in hi   hosted an exhibition of contemporary art apart   passed on to him by local cultural institutes (f   an exhibition of Chinese watercolors) as a respons   unwillingness to work with him anymore, suddenly decided to or   a PRAGUE BIENNALE of his own, knowing perfectly well that the id   behind the biennale and name belonged to us. But it does not end the   re: seeing his total incompetence and that of his staff, apart from
   wan   invite those    majority of the   manages to catch some re   projects.

   Milan Knizak's group show will have to

   change its name shortly

   Despite continual requests from our lawyer and injunctions of the    Prague Court of Justice that invite him to change the name of the
   event   associate t   confident of his   he continues unab   group show the "Prague    inducing curators, artists and me   they are taking part in our Prague B   are taking part in a simple group show    change its name. Those who have been invited    AGUE BIENNALE2 are exclusively the arti   an invitation signed by Giancarlo
   In the light of the hundreds of letters of e   receive from curators and artists who have been invi   who thought they were going to be taking part in our Bien   felt it our duty to clarify our position with regard to this a   mbiguity. For this reason we are telling everyone that PRAGUE BIENNALE
      May at the venue of Karlin Hall (Thamova 8-14)    waiting for you all to see together the most grandios   interesting exhibition in Central Europe. The other exhibition at   National Gallery is merely a group show, a caravan of artists and    curators that act as testimony of Milan Knizak's mental confusion and

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