Maxim Velčovský (CZ) → The Physical Possibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

19:00 - 24:00
  • Installation

About project

A lie repeated a hundred times becomes the truth. Doesn’t it?

The war in Ukraine has been going on practically since 2014. We have accepted the annexation of Crimea and the fighting in the Donbass with cold blood. But the turning point came on 24 February 2022, when Russia launched a frontal attack and began shelling the capital Kiev. The attack on Ukraine caused the biggest migration crisis since the Second World War, with millions of people leaving their homeland. However, there are still those who do not believe that thousands of civilians are dying just a short distance from our borders.

The installation The Physical Possibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living is composed of burnt-out cars from the war in Ukraine. The civilian cars are a cruel testimony to a horrific tragedy and direct evidence of 21st century warfare. The burnt wrecks offer an insight into the horrific situation of Ukrainian cities. The cars on display on Mariánské Square are imported directly from war-affected areas and are accompanied by the stories of Ukrainian citizens who lost not only their cars, but often all their possessions and loved ones. The project is being developed, among other things, in cooperation with the Ukrainian Embassy in Prague.

The installation is created with the support and in collaboration with the non-profit organization Post Bellum.

Special thanks to: Karel Chvojka and Iryna Pigal (local production CZ), Volodymyr Zhuravkin and Eugenie Nesterovych (local production UA), Mykola (transport).

About artist

Maxim Velčovský is one of the most renowned Czech designers. He graduated from the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Prague in the Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain. In 2002 he founded Qubus Design Studio with Jakub Berdych. For more than 10 years he was the head of the Ceramics and Porcelain Studio at the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Prague and the creative director of Lasvit. He has participated in over 90 exhibitions and his work can be found in the collections of the V&A Museum in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Neue Sammlung in Munich, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and the Moravian Gallery in Brno. In 2007 he was voted Designer of the Year in the Czech Grand Design awards, and in 2008 he was awarded Commission of the Year by Wallpaper magazine for his installation for the Viennese glass company Lobmeyr.

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  • Supported by

    Prague 1

  • Supported by

    Moje Mariánské