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Family Ready for Departure

Czech Karel Nepraš: Rodina připravená k odjezdu

In 2012, DOX put on a large retrospective exhibition of the work of leading Czech sculptor Karel Nepraš. Now, in cooperation with the artists family, it presents a reconstruction of the well-known sculptural group Family Ready for Departure, which Nepraš created after his return from his brief emigration in 1969 within the scope of the Spatial Forms Symposium in Ostrava.

Due to the clear political subtext of its name and its reference to emigration from a country occupied by Warsaw Pact troops, and despite petitions to preserve the results of the symposium, the sculpture fell victim to Normalization hysteria and was destroyed.

For Karel Nepraš, political developments in Czechoslovakia following 1968 meant dramatic restrictions in terms of exhibition opportunities, participation in the international art world, and the ability to develop his work.

Karel Nepraš had fervently hoped that the sculpture could be re-created, and after years of effort, his family succeeded. It was reconstructed during the years 2011 to 2015. It is a second casting made according to the original drawings and 1:1 wooden models.

Type exhibition of statues
Event venue DOX Centre of contemporary art (Praha)
Date and time of event Thursday 5/11/2016 - Sunday 12/30/2017

The offer is available according to the actual opening hours

Barrier-free access Unknown (No wheelchair access)
Data source DOX Centre of contemporary art

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