[artinfo] Tina B - The Prague Contemporary Art Festival

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Tina B — The Prague Contemporary Art Festival

May 18–June 27
Prague, Czech Republic
(various locations)

http://www.tina-b.com> http://www.tina-b.com

  Tina B, an acronym for “This Is Not Another 
Biennale,” is a contemporary art festival planned 
for every two years in the Czech capital of 
Prague. The inaugural event takes place from May 
18–June 27, and organizers hope to draw a whole 
new breed of visitor to the Golden City: 
prominent art collectors from abroad, 
representatives from renowned art galleries and 
institutions, and high-profile personalities on 
the international art scene as well as 
international art journalists.

With around 70 artists participating in sections 
organized by a field of just nine curators, 
viewers can expect a clearer and more 
concentrated presentation of art than with more 
unwieldy productions. At the same time, the 
organizers realize the importance of social 

A VIP and press week is scheduled from June 6–12, 
and there will be dinners, receptions and other 
social events. This is just prior to Art Basel 
and the festival overlaps with two biennales in 
Romania. Tina B also coincides with the annual 
Art Prague art fair, which runs May 23–28. This 
timing offers an unbeatable synergy in terms of 
an influx and galvanization of artists, curators, 
art dealers and collectors.

Visitors who come to Prague for the art will have 
the opportunity to gain a unique view into the 
country’s history and architecture as they travel 
among the various Tina B venues.

The Functionalist monolith of Veletrzní Palace, 
home to the Czech National Gallery’s collection 
of modern and contemporary art, will house such 
sections as Pascal Beausse’s “Same Same but 
Different” and “Peep Show,” exploring the border 
between art and pornography. An intriguing mesh 
of cultures takes place with the project “Oy/Eh,” 
exploring the contemporary art of Finland and 

In the vast post-industrial space of Karlín Hall, 
Curator Andrée Cooke is making use of the former 
factory’s sheer scale to bring viewers into 
contact with a Galilean concept from Michael 
Cross that provides visitors with the interactive 
experience of walking on water and a kinetic 
mural by Rose Finn-Kelcey.

The sober emptiness of the hilltop National 
Monument is an ideal setting for Daniele Balit’s 
section “In a Silent Way,” which will send 
sound-based installations resonating throughout 
the mausoleum-like atmosphere.

Guaranteed to be an adventure in international 
contemporary art, Tina B invites you to Prague to 
see what she is all about.

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