Andy Warhol, Portraits, 1980, detail
© Sammlung Hoffmann

Možnosti Dialogu – Möglichkeiten des Dialogs – Dimensions of Dialogue

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery Prague, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin.

From December, the Prague National Gallery's Salm Palace will host an exhibition titled 'Dimensions of Dialogue': a dialogue between artistic positions from East and West exploring the possibilities of art's reflection on human being

  • DATES 02/12/2018—01/12/2019


The exhibition will present a selection of works donated by the Sammlung Hoffman to the Dresden State Art Collections as well as chosen artworks from the National Gallery Prague and private collections related to contemporary Czech artistic production. At the entrance to the exhibition, the titular work by filmmaker Jan Švankmajer marks a broad spectrum of questions: his surrealist animated film from 1982 interrogates fundamental themes such as love and pain, loss and death, aggression and fear, but also tragedy and comedy, chaos and formation and ultimately art itself.

© Sammlung Hoffmann, courtesy Pace/McGill Gallery
Nan Goldin, Misty & Jimmy Paulette in the Taxi, NYC 1991


The motifs of creation and creative energy form the core of a conversation between vastly diverse artistic positions. In both cautious and bold, unambiguous and unlikely confrontations, the works from both collections unfold new potential. The exhibition features works by, among others, Marina Abramović, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christian Boltanski, Monica Bonvicini, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Isa Genzken, Félix González-Torres, Antony Gormley, Keith Haring, William Kentridge, A.R. Penck, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol donated by the Sammlung Hoffmann to the Dresden State Art Collections as well as selected artworks by Josef Bolf, Jiří Černický, Krištof Kintera, Stanislav Kolíbal, Kateřina Šedá, Adriena Šimotová and František Skála.

© Sammlung Hoffmann, courtesy Galerie Hans Mayer
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1986


© Sammlung Hoffmann, courtesy Galerie Hans Mayer
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Levétation, 1987


In the Young Artists Rooms, the exhibition will offer an encounter between art from the Sammlung Hoffmann's donation to the Dresden State Art Collections and recent works produced by young Czech artists.

The dialogue which the exhibition initiates with the audience and among individual artworks, artistic positions and collections will be continued in the exhibition's educational programme and in an accompanying ring-bound catalogue.

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