Homage to Detail
Created: 3. 1. 2018 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

Homage to Detail

Design as an integral part of modernist architecture and interior design


Opening: Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 6 pm
The exhibition duration until: February 17th, 2018
Gallery UM, UMPRUM, nám. Jana Palacha 80, Prague 1
Open Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

free entry


The first exhibition of 2018 in the UM Gallery will present the result of a long-term project by the curator of design and architecture Adam Štěch along with graphic designers Jan Klos and Matěj Činčera from the OKOLO group. The show Homage to Detail a tribute to his more than ten years of wandering the world and revealing the hidden treasures of 20th-century modernist architecture.


"The exhibition Homage to Detail was another challenge for us, the concept for the exhibition formed during the past year, as we intensified our focus on architecture we realized that details are often fundamental elements in Modernist architecture. The exhibition thus attempts to present an exhaustive listing of a certain typology and show it through its many fantastic forms, "says Adam Štěch, author of the exhibition and member of the OKOLO group.


For the Homage to Detail exhibition, he selected hundreds of photos from his archive and presented them as an atlas of architectural and interior details, these elements were created by architects as part of the whole building design. Lighting, seating, storage, tables, railings, doors, windows and other decorative or functional elements are based on the modernist idea of the artwork as a whole known as (Gesamtkunstwerk), and tell stories about the versatile skills of the modernist architects.


Adam Štěch offers a view of these elaborate objects as a part of the architecture, but also as works with their own artistic value. They all reflect the styles of famous and lesser-known 20th-century architects, offering a completely different perspective on designing furniture, lighting, and other objects, thus revealing chapters in the history of applied art as they have not been seen before.


The project Homage to Detail premiered as Objects of Refinement at the London Design Festival in London in autumn 2017. "In London, where the show was presented at the prestigious Brompton Design District show, it was very popular, especially among professionals and design enthusiasts, including Justin McGuirk of the London Museum Design, architectural critic Sam Jacob, and curator Max Fraser. Some visitors regarded the exhibition as Instagram or Pinterest on a table, but never the less it did not miss the attention of professional media including Wallpaper, Domus, The Spaces, TL Mag, Damn, Form, Curbed and many others. "We are very pleased to present an extended version of the exhibit on our home soil in the UM gallery, "adds Adam Štěch.


Author and curator of the exhibition: Adam Štěch
Installation: OKOLO - Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss, Adam Štěch

The creative group OKOLO (Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss, and Adam Štěch) focuses primarily on design, architecture, and other closely related disciplines and their presentation. Since its founding in 2009, they have initiated several publications (eg OKOLO Mollino, Radical Sitting for the Depot Basel in Switzerland, five issues of the OKOLO magazine, four figures of the Pedal Project magazine and others). They author exhibitions and installations in which they link educational content with graphic design, illustration, and the creation of spatial objects.
Members of OKOLO have recently participated as curators, at the Collecting exhibitions for the Decorative Arts Museum in Dresden (2014), an exhibition by students of the UMPRUM entitled "Manifesto at Salone del Mobile in Milan (2016) and a series of exhibitions held at the Zlín Design Week festival (2015-2017).
OKOLO is also a co-author of the European Design Stories project, which in recent years have been collaborating with Darina Zavadilová and DesignSUPERMARKET.
In their gallery in Žižkov, and in cooperation with the educational institution Scholastika, among which all members act as educators, OKOLO regularly organizes exhibitions and presentations of world-class designers (Michael Anastassiades, Tomas Alonso, BIG-GAME, Sabine Marcelis, Lex Pott, Maarten de Ceulaer, Sebastian Herkner).