5 JUNE – 30 SEPTEMBER 2022
Contemporary sculpture from international artists in the Castle Bechyně Park
This year's Sculpture Park at Bechyně Estate, which opened on 5 June and will run until the end of September, features internationally renowned artists in the fields of contemporary sculpture and installation. Most of them are exhibiting in the Czech Republic for the first time, though their work is represented by the world's most important galleries and leading exhibition institutions.
The Stava family is synonymous with tradition and collecting in the field of pre-modern and especially avant-garde art. Nicole Stava co-manages the Bechyně Estate along with her sister, Silvia, and also has years of experience in the international art market. Recently, she has been developing exhibition projects that focus on introducing leading international figures in contemporary art to the Czech Republic.This year's season at Bechyně Castle is dedicated to prominent positions in the field of contemporary sculpture and other object-oriented artworks. In collaboration with Berlin’s KÖNIG GALERIE, along with art historian and dealer Lucie Drdova, a group of artworks by established artists has been selected from the gallery’s collection. The concept for the current exhibition at the castle park is centred on the work of three of KÖNIG’s most important sculptors: Elmgreen & Dragset, who currently have an ambitious exhibition at the Fondazione Prada in Milan; Mexican artist Bosco Sodi, whose group exhibition of paintings and sculptures is part of the Venice Biennale; and the Austrian conceptualist Erwin Wurm.ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR REPRESENTATION
Together with her sister Silvia, Nicole Stava runs the family company Bechyne Estate, and has long been involved in the international art market, among other things. For a number of years, she was a senior business development consultant at Christie's auction house in Prague, Vienna, and London. Since 2009, she is the proprietor of Nicole Stava Art Acquisitions and Sales, which provides comprehensive services in the international art trade. She is in charge of the acquisitions of foreign contemporary artists for the Czech investment fund Artefin. Lucie Drdová is an art historian, dealer, and author. She is currently the curator of the Rony Plesl's exhibition “Trees Grow from the Sky”, which is part of the official programme of Collateral Events at the Venice Biennale. In 2012, she founded the private gallery Lucie Drdova Gallery in Prague, with an active presence in Brussels, representing ten contemporary Czech artists. She is co-founder of the Alliance of Contemporary Art Galleries and participates in the SUMO international gallery cooperation project.
© Images Milan Horejsi and Milos Vatrt