POINT OF VIEW
UMPRUM once again brings contemporary Czech design to Milan!
The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague will be exhibiting for the fifth time at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the most important applied design show in the world. This year the exhibition was organized by Eva Eisler, head of the K.O.V. Atelier. “For this year’s presentation we have chosen works from the glass, textile, fashion, ceramics and design ateliers. We believe the pieces work well together and will spark the visitor’s curiousity and interest in our school,” explains Eisler, who curated the UMPRUM Milan show already once in 2012.
A careful selection from across the school ateliers has generated three dozen objects that represent the best of what UMPRUM produced last year. Eight ateliers in total will be presented at the exhibition in Milan; the ceramics and porcelain atelier, the glass atelier, the K.O.V. atelier, the fashion design atelier, the fashion and footwear design atelier, the textile design atelier, product design, and furniture and interior design.
In a minimalistic instalation that should highlight the individual objects most of all, a space is reserved, for example, for a series of practical knifes, the design of which students from the pruduct design atelier worked on last semester. Also travelling to Milan is the steel knife by Václav Mlynář, who currently holds the Grand Czech Design award for Breakthrough of the year.
Of interest will also be Tomáš Váp, who will be presenting Be Strong! containers for anabolics; Adam Železný with his design for wrought vessels made from clay; porcelain rings by Klára Chrudinová; and Pavel Nikl will be showing his lively Banana bags. The diverse range of exhibited work clearly demonstates how broad a scope UMPRUM has. „The exhibition is a testimony to an unceasing creative process, to conceptual and analytical deliberation, to searching for the essence of things on the boundary between art and design, to doubting and discovering, to perfection and a light uncertain touch, and to the drawing of our selves and the viewer into the private realm of our mind,” states Eva Eisler.
The meaning that shows like Salone Internazionale del Mobile have for students is confirmed by the school’s vice-rector Filip Suchomel, “It is precisely at opportunities like this that the school can show the direction its students are going with their creative activity, and how individual students deal with the challenging tasks assigned by their teachers and often directly by manufacturing companies.
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