ICOM 2022 - Trip to Brno

Guide: Kristian

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6:45 - Registration of participants

7:00 - Boarding (Please get on your seat ASAP and do not block the train before it goes. The train will be standing at at the RS only 10 mins.) (Please sit on the seat you were registred for - on your seat will be prepared the bag with snack for you.)

7:10Departure of the Museum Retro Train to Brno

11:00 - Estimated arrival at Brno

11:15Walk to the Moravian Gallery

11:45 - Welcome from the director of the Moravian Gallery

12:00 - Guided tours of additional Moravian Gallery buildings:


14:00 (2:00 pm) - Buffet lunch

15:15 (3:15 pm) - Meeting under the "cloud" (installation) for the last guided tours (description of the tours you can find below):

  • BRNO ART OPEN walk with the curators of the periodical exhibition of art projects in the public space of the city of Brno.
  • BRNO ARCHITECTURE MANUAL walk focusing on the modern architecture of the city center. (Maximum 19 people.)

16:45 (4:45 pm) - Walks finish in the House of Arts Brno (Malinovského náměstí (square) 2), where refreshments will be available.

17:00 (5:00 pm) -  Exhibiton talk: Jan Ambrůz (with the curator Marika Svobodová) or you can see the exhibition by yourself (free time)

18:45 (6:45 pm) - Leaving to the train station

19:27 (7:27 pm) - Train departure for Prague

23:00 (11:00 pm) - Estimated arrival to Prague

OPTION 1: Brno Art Open walk (1.5 hours)

Brno Art Open (BAO) is dedicated to the memory of Johann Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian abbot and world-famous Brno scientist, who discovered the laws of heredity and anticipated the origin of genetics based on his extensive experiments with plant - especially pea - crossbreeding. It is a strange, yet in a certain sense typical paradox that in Czech society, Mendel's fame comes nowhere near a level corresponding to his international significance. This year's edition of the BAO festival with an exhibition of artworks in the public space called gGeEnn, with the subtitle "Mendel Is... an Artist!" wishes to commemorate Johann Gregor Mendel as a complex personality and cover, at least in part, the breadth of his multidisciplinary scientific research including, in addition to plant breeding and crossbreeding, for example beekeeping or meteorological activities.

The walk with the curators will, due to time restraints, focus only on the artwork in the city centre - including the artworks of Uli Westphal (DE), Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny (SK/NL), Kuai Shen (EC/DE) and Jiří Y. Suchánek (CZ).

For further information about the project please see the Brno Art Open brochure. (Few copies has Kristian on the train.)

OPTION 2: Brno Architecture Manual walk (1.5 hours)

This walk provided by one of the expert guides of BAM (Brno Architecture Manual) will be focusing on the modern architecture of the city centre. It will begin with the tour of the famous Hotel Avion and take us through Freedom Square to the replica of the famous Zeman café, which is located very close to the House of Arts Brno on Malinovského Square, where the walk will end.

Both mentioned buildings belong to the essential monuments of Brno functionalism. Zeman´s café is considered the first purely functionalist building in Brno with a strong inspiration of Le Corbusier. This was mainly thanks to the use of large glass windows, which could be slid in and thus, a perfect connection between interior and exterior could be achieved. It was built in 1925-1926 based on the project of Bohuslav Fuchs - the architect who later became an icon of Brno functionalism. The original café was demolished in 1964, and today we can get a fairly accurate idea of ​​it thanks to a replica completed in 1995, which is located near the original building.

The Hotel Avion (1926-1927) is built on a very narrow 8×34 m floor plan and is still serving its purpose after almost a hundred years of its existence, having recently reopened to the public after an extensive renovation. The unusual vertical interweaving of each floor is reminiscent of Loos´s concept of the so-called raumplan and, thanks to a well-thought-out construction concept, it achieves surprising effects. 

Alongside the afore mentioned buildings by Bohuslav Fuchs the visitors will also be able to see other buildings designed by famous architects - such as Ernst Wiesner, Oskar Poříska, Josef Polášek, Vladimír Karfík, Jindřich Kumpošt and others.