HISTORY OF THE GALLERY
Leica Gallery Prague has been operating in the field of art since 2002 and is exclusively focusing on photography presentation. The original place of work of the gallery was the Supreme Burgrave's House of the Prague Castle, where the gallery implemented a number of exhibitions by worldwide known photographers.
In 2005 gallery presented a unique mobile exhibition project “Gallery on the train” to the public. The exhibition “Workers” by Sebastião Salgado travelled in specially adjusted railway wagons around selected towns of the Czech and Slovak Republics, bringing the photographs to people. For a great success followed two another years with projects by Antonín Kratochvíl and Mr and Mrs Wenders.
The Leica Gallery Prague has been functioning in the Prague centre in the Školská street since 2008, where it runs, apart from the exhibition hall, also a gallery café, and a bookshop with photographic publications.
Among the most important exhibition realized by the Leica Gallery Prague belong projects by worldwide known artists like Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Leni Riefenstahl, Edward Steichen, René Burri, Sebastião Salgado, Antonín Kratochvíl, Wim and Donata Wenders, Ruud van Empel, Sarah Moon, Michel Comte or Andreas H. Bitesnich.
1. EXHIBITION PREMISES IN THE CENTER OF PRAGUE
Apart from presentation of worldwide known artists, the gallery is focused mainly on exhibiting and support of contemporary Czech and Slovak photography, which it presents in its exhibition premises in the centre of Prague. Increasing awareness of photography among general public is our goal. Here we realize six to seven exhibitions yearly.
2. COOPERATION WITH OTHER EXHIBITION SUBJECTS
The Leica Gallery Prague also cooperates with other related galleries on the production of exhibitions. We financially supported presentation of works by Ivan Pinkava and Václav Jirásek in the framework of „Decadence Now!“ exhibition in Prague Rudolfinum, and took part in the preparation of Tono Stano´s exhibition with the title „White Shadow“ at the Václav Špála Gallery. Within the scope of the Czech Republic we present Robert Vano´s „The Platinum Collection“, Jiří Turek’s „cityLAB“, Tereza z Davle’s „Grandhotel“ or Dagmar Hochova’s „Acrobat on the globe of life“.
3. OTHER TYPES OF PROJECTS
Once a year, the gallery tries to present works by Czech and Slovak photographers in another way than exhibiting in stone premises. Last year it was a project by Jiří Turek „cityLAB“ presented in the public space of the capital of Prague. We also take part in the Czech and Slovak photographic fair „Prague Photo“, which takes place regularly at the Mánes exhibition hall.
4. FOREIGN PRESENTATIONS
The LGP´s goal is to promote Czech and Slovak photography abroad. For the fourth time, as the only Czech gallery, the Leica Gallery Prague participated in the Paris Photo. We were very successful there with the presentation of the contemporary Czech photography across generations.
The gallery also organizes solo author´s exhibitions in selected cultural institutions abroad. Ivan Pinkava´s exhibition in Washington is planned for the autumn of 2012, as well as Václav Jirásek´s exhibition in Paris in November 2012. The Leica Gallery Prague represents a number of Czech and Slovak photographers.
Represented artists: Andrej Balco, Tereza z Davle, Lukáš Dvořák, Jiří Hanke, Jiřina Hankeová, Václav Jirásek, Miloslav Kubeš, Jaroslav Kučera, Ivan Pinkava, Tono Stano, Daniel Šperl, Jiří Turek, Petr Ulrych, Robert Vano.
5. OTHER ACTIVITY
The Leica Gallery Prague arranges various educational programs: debates, seminars, professional lectures, discussions and workshops, not only for professionals but also for general public, children and schools.
The aim of the gallery is also support and search of young talented photographers, therefore we traditionally include winning works by photography students under the title of FRAME into the exhibition program. The LGP is a longstanding parter of this competition at the same time.
On a long-term basis, we also work on the Edice 100 project, whose aim is to make photography accessible for the general public in the form of affordably priced digital prints by selected authors.
Beside the gallery, there is a café with a bookshop offering a wide spectrum of photographic publications by both native and foreign publishers.