Joint communiqué released by tranzit.cz and display, association for research and collective practice, on the dissolution of tranzitdisplay

After eleven years of highly productive and creative cooperation, we would like to announce that the organisations tranzit and display will be continuing their activities separately under the titles tranzit.cz and display – association for research and collective practice. The tranzitdisplay joint project will come to an end.

The Display Gallery was opened in 2001. It was one of the first independent galleries and brought to the Prague art scene an interest in international art events and their social contexts. The tranzit.cz association was created in 2002 with the aim of creating an institutional organisation by means of which contemporary culture could replace the stereotypical model of identities, aesthetics, economic forms and histories. In 2007 the associations merged to create a new type of institution – tranzitdisplay. This focused on the social and political implications of art practice. tranzitdisplay organised dozens of exhibitions of the work of hugely important international artists and experimental curatorial projects. These were accompanied by a programme of lectures, discussions and symposia. There were also activities organised outside the gallery, international research projects, and the imposing Monument to Transformation, which tracked social changes in the post-communist space. It is with pleasure and pride that we recognise that their joint past enriched both associations and lent a sharper profile to the future programmes of both tranzit and display. Both organisations will remain in close contact. However, the time has come for a fresh approach and the realisation of new, exciting, independent activities.

The premises in which tranzitdisplay is housed (Dittrichova 9, Prague 2) will now play host to display, association for research and collective practice. An all-year-round programme will be on offer of exhibitions, experimentation and discussions that will examine current activist, emancipatory politics within the broader artistic sphere.

tranzit.cz will remain in the same street but at the address of its production office (Dittrichova 13, Prague 2) and will become a new platform for the organisation of a large, regular international exhibition of contemporary art that will take place for the first time in 2020.