ARTSEMESTR winter 2020
Created: 28. 1. 2020 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

ARTSEMESTR Winter 2020

Opening: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 7 pm
Date of the event: January 30th – February 3rd, 2020
Location: Entire building of UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1
Open daily: 10am – 6pm
Free entry


Only a few times a year the gates of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague are open to the public. The most anticipated and most visited event is ARTSEMESTR, a presentation of final and semester projects by UMPRUM students. This year, it takes place from January 30th to February 3rd and will present works by more than 500 young artists and designers from 24 studios.

Artsemestr is not a curated exhibition. It is a showcase of what students solved last semester and is evidence of how their approach to creating is ever-evolving during their studies. Visitors can look forward to a plethora of works by various art disciplines on diverse topics.

Assigned projects lead our students into a deeper study and understanding of various problems. Through them, they learn to cooperate and communicate with clients, companies, specialized workshops and last but not least they cooperate with colleagues from various fields. We purposefully lead students to learn to orientate themselves within the requirements of real practice. This approach also helps establish important contacts and the ability to engage in a creative dialogue with the client”, as rector prof. Jindřich Vybíral states about cooperation, one of the school's main priorities.

Such projects were, for example, dealt with by the Studio of Architecture III, addressed Innovation Space - Brotfabrik Wien, the Studio of Furniture and Interior Design designed the restaurant spaces in the Palladium Shopping Center, and the Studio of Product Design merged with the Nachtmann glass factory and the Studio of Concept – Object – Meaning (K.O.V.) participated in the prize competition for the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. From projects that will be realized in the near future, we can mention the Studio of Architecture I creating designs for a brick gazebo for the company Brispol and the entrance building to the new vineyards of St. Michael in Kadaň.

It is also worth mentioning the cooperation of the Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design with the Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communications, in which they made a garment collection of graphically processed knitwear with NOVIA FASHION a clothing and fabric manufacturer. The results of their several months of work will be presented at Milano Design Week and other shows.

 On the theme of cooperation is built a seminar and team project, in which the team has prepared a performance Za dvě minuty Dvanáct for the opening of the Artsemester in the school courtyard. Students of all departments participated in the project including The Department of Theory and History of Art. The theme is the political policies of the climate crisis: the symbolic doomsday clock shows how close the world is to a global catastrophe, and 2 years ago it was moved to two minutes to twelve (Za dvě minuty Dvanáct). Following the opening of the UMPRUM Artsemestr, there will be an after-party at FUTURUM starting at 10 pm.

Studios and themes

Studio of Architecture I – Brick - exploring the limits of material - output design brick building; brick gazebo for the company Brispol / Entrance to the new vineyard St. Michael in Kadaň.
Studio of Architecture II – Humpolec (in what form and if the civilization of Humpolec will survive at all) real reflections on the development of the city in time.
Studio of Architecture III – Innovation space - Brotfabrik Wien - designs of innovation spaces in Vienna start-up space Ankerbrotfabrik.
Studio of Architecture IV­ – Universal architecture – a housing prototype for the 21st century.
Studio of Industrial Design – 1st-year stylization of nature, 2nd + 4th-year cooperation on hybrid, 3rd-year free theme. 5th-year cooperation with the application sphere // Final: 1st-year product inspired by nature from the semester. 2nd - 5th-year, scissors, and iron, as a design piece.
Studio of Furniture and Interior Design – 1st-year KRABICE(BOX) and the product to fit into it in an unfolded state, 2nd-year in cooperation with the Studio of Type Design and Typography BISTRO POP-UP / Stand / - transportable stall for sale of your chosen food, FOODCOURT/restaurant to Palladium shopping center // final: BISTRO POP-UP / Booth - Realization 1:1, other years - dining set with realization.
Studio of Product Design – 1st-year - study of nature; remaining years pressed glass for the Nachtmann glass factory.
Studio of Sculpture – free theme
Studio of Painting – free theme
Studio of Intermedia Art – free theme
Studio of Photography I – free theme
Studio of Glass – 1st-year - Cup, other years - Portrait
Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain – 1st year - Vase, 2nd-year Animal - life-size ceramic sculptures, other years - Manifesto - written version of his manifesto // final: developing a personal manifesto in the material.
Studio of Concept – Object – Meaning (K.O.V.) – jewelry on the theme "Freedom" and a prize proposal for the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic.
Studio of Fashion Design – Elastic Fantastic – a clothing collection of knitwear and woven fabric - PRUŽNOST (flexibility, adaptability, elasticity) - ability to change and adapt in a rapidly changing society.
Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design – 1st-year - White project - Geometry in architecture, MALAI - cooperation with Indian manufactory processing ecological materials from coconut // Final: Report - knitted clothing collections created in cooperation with the Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communications in cooperation with NOVIA FASHION.
Studio of Textile Design – Confrontation of the UMPRUM Textile Design Studio and VŠVU Textile Design Studio in Bratislava. The common theme is 100 years of Bauhaus / projection and its mirroring in cooperation with industry.
Studio of Illustration and Graphics – Original books; collection of printing blocks (compiled from the archive of the printing workshop); illustration for Vabank; Wochenblatt - the result of a workshop with Martin Amstutz; letterpress poster (students' collective work), newspaper illustrations - cooperation with the Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communications.
Studio of Type Design and Typography – BISTRO POP UP – Project in cooperation with the Studio of Furniture and Interior Design //Final: Jan Solpera 80 – a tribute to the jubilee of an important typographer and teacher.
Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communications – Deník N - Newspaper - in cooperation with the Studio of Illustration and Graphics, magazine Jedu pro Škoda auto, design of sweaters and knitwear in cooperation with the Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design.
Studio of Film and TV Graphics – Directorial books - in collaboration with students of screenwriting FAMU - creating short stories on a given topic // Final: teasers for processed stories within a semester assignment.
Studio of Graphic Design and New Media – Individual projects: Missing studies, a tool for thematic communication between schools, Fog or Fogged in Graphic Design, a manual full of traps for the individual steps of a graphic designer, or Gamification Design, Memex/Exocortex, Selfdesign or online web psychotherapy and many others.
Studio of Photography II – An exhibition of freedom in the '80s, which takes place in GASK and its documentation // final: Hair as a symbol.
Visiting Artist Studio – Critical painting possibilities. The history and present of painting as a medium that can comment on the social phenomena without giving up formal qualities and emotional effects.