About the project

The Artwall gallery was inspired by an American artist Barbara Benish, who at the end of the 90s came up with the idea to use the space of Letná wall for presentation of contemporary art. The wall, which originally served as a space for Communist propaganda, remained empty after the fall of the regime. In 2000 Benish finally revived the abandoned wall and with the organizational support of Center for Contemporary Arts Prague realized her project "Flower Power".

This project created a great wave of interest among Czech artists. Many of them wanted to present their art in this way, but it was not until the year 2005 when David Walliker, another foreign artist living in Prague, managed to gather necessary funds for implementation of the idea. It was in this year when Artwall gallery, under the organizational management of the Centre for Contemporary Arts Prague , started its regular operation, which was then terminated by a Municipality ban in 2008. The curator of the project in this period was Ludvík Hlaváček.

Between years 2005-2008 Artwall gallery presented 15 exhibitions of both Czech and foreign artists, among others of Lenka Klodová, Mirella Bentivoglio, Martin Zet, or groups Pode Bal and Guma Guar. It was the project "Collective Identity" by group Guma Guar, which led the Municipality of the City of Prague - the official owner of Letná wall - to withdraw from the leasing contract in 2008. The project "Collective Identity" critically paraphrased a campaign led by the Municipality, promoting the Olympic Games in Prague in 2016. The management of Municipality wasn't able to bear this criticism and closed the entire gallery down. After three years of operation the wall remained empty again.

In 2011, after personal changes in the Municipality management, Artwall gallery was brought back to life, this time under the patronage of Prague's Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda. The organizational management of the gallery is ensured by c2c Circle of curators and critics , which works with the full support of the Center for Contemporary Arts Prague, the former administrator of the gallery.

Project Artwall aims to support social impact of contemporary art in non-gallery environment. This goal is based on the nature of the gallery's dominant location, which ensures effective communication with the public. Due to the number of drivers and passengers who daily pass through the embankment, Artwall is one of the most visited Czech galleries.



                                                                                                         Foto © 2005-6 Martin Polák (3x)