What did it take to transform the power plant into the Centre for Contemporary Art? Apart from a century, it was mostly a unique idea and a lot of work. The historic building of the original Poříčí 1 Power Plant in Trutnov, which stands on the production site of KASPER KOVO, is changing its appearance.
What is EPO1
The genius loci of the historic building stemming from its industrial nature appealed to Rudolf
Kasper, the founder and managing director of the company, so much that he decided to revitalise
the building into a Verne-esque technician’s world with an artistic touch.
The five-storey building on the eastern outskirts of Trutnov opened to the public for the first time in May 2023. At this time, the functional part was completed, providing timeless spaces for sculptures and reliefs of extraordinary dimensions, just the kind that do not fit in other Czech galleries. The generous interiors with high ceilings, which have been well renovated, provide the necessary space for the exhibiting artists, and offer visitors and the professional public a unique experience of encountering contemporary art.
What does it look like here? ?
Česká televize - Podnikatelský přínos kultuře a umění 2021 - R. a R. Kasperovi, KASPER GROUP
TuTV - O projektu EPO1 - Rudolf Kasper
We are building a collection of artwork by young artists which can be seen on display as part of a long-term exhibition in the gallery.
A 4-kg work of art by Pavlína Rozsypálková made of concrete and fibreglass.
Composition No. 4
A composition that builds on the artist’s previous work, combining two main themes – interpersonal relationships and impressions of life in an industrial city.
The sculpture reflects the artist’s impression of her stay in Ostrava, where life and industry mingle and interact together.
First contact II.
To create a work depicting the first contact between a man and a woman, the artist
was inspired by themes such as love, sex and libido – especially in the context of contemporary times. The imaginary object depicting a female human figure consists of hinges assembled into simple geometric structures, complemented by biomorphic shapes placed in its body.
A work based on the format of the divination table from the Book of Changes (I Ching). The eight fields are symbols representing the basic principles of reality in Taoist cosmology, as well as the eight basic elements of nature.
Sculpture from the Attention people series, in which the artist focuses on communities and social groups. The motif of the cone is used as an attention-drawing element. It was inspired by the author’s stay in New York and her observation of the multiple, diversified communities creating a micro-world in the middle of a large metropolis.
A work relating to the legacy of ancient Egypt and the power of divinity, the daily birth of life and the triumph over death.
Machine to check the Reality of Reality
The inspiration for this work was the exploration of reality itself, the ability to perceive its true form, to distinguish truth from lies, fakes or superstition. For example, by using a machine that could give us objective insight and unambiguous answers.
A wall relief created in 2017. What served as the inspiration for this work was the theme of suburbanization, which is typical of the artist’s early work.
Básník, textař, zpěvák, performer, dramaturg a činorodý organizátor kulturního života.