Memory of the Nation by KOLMO; Czech Republic

The Memory of the Nation exhibition is a reminder of the 100-year anniversary of founding of the separate Czechoslovak republic.

It is focused on milestones of national history, marked with totalitarianism. Moments, that have made oppressors and heroes of ordinary people. Moments laying in our past like shadows. In these days when democracy is questioned again, we see it as crucial to remind that freedom is not a matter of course. The line between free and unfree is very thin and fragile, broken very stealthily by unconcerned society overlooking small steps of oppression.

The location of the former Stalin monument in Prague with its famous city view is symbolic.
The multimedia exhibition itself consists of three linear objects, dealing with the view by specific form. Two of them allow the view, one blocks it. The object in the exposition Testimonies provides a panoramic view in one direction. The object in the part Images sets a wide viewing angle to a very limited number of visitors. Eventually, the Wall prohibits the outlook completely. All three are abstractly designed, their structures are hidden. Their dimensions are extreme, bringing feels of distress and discomfort to evoke the minimal spaces of concentration camps and prison solitary confinements.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?

What are we proud of the most is that the exhibition raised questions about the nations past and made people think about the future.

About the authors is a creative think tank, a collective of designers, architects, urbanists and thinkers, operating in Prague. With our sister multimedia studio Loom on the Moon we currently focus on interdisciplinary issues, where architecture meets virtual reality and digital media.

Text provided by the authors of the project.


Architects: KOLMO; Lenka Hejlová, Martin Hejl
Other authors: Post Bellum, Loom on the moon, Pink, Lunchmeat, ARA – továrna na nábytek

Exhibition concept: Martin Hejl, Karel Poupě, Mikuláš Kroupa, Jan Polouček, Longiy
Art director: Martin Hejl
Architect: Lenka Hejlová, Martin Hejl, Pavel Uličný, Petr Láska
Script: Mikuláš Kroupa, Martin Hejl, Karel Poupě, Kateřina Hejlová
Director: Martin Hejl, Viktor Portel, Karel Poupě
Producer: Jan Polouček
Graphic design: Petr Štěpán
Statics: Tereza Otcovská, Roman Kalamár
AV producer: Alžběta Karásková, Karel Poupě
Photographer: Salim Issa
Used photos and videos: Archiv Paměť národa, ČTK a Lukáš Žentel
Animators: Longiy, Petr Janák, Vojtěch Šálek, Vojtěch Pecka, Jan Nálepa, Michal Lažanský
Editing: Tomáš Elšík, Viktor Portel, Matěj Pospíšil, Michal Špirko, Adam Martinec
Light design and programming: Jan Nálepa
Postproduction: Petr Janák, Tomáš Elšík, Zdeněk Durdil
Music and sound design: Johny Poupě
Voice recording: Matouš Godík, Lukáš Turza
Construction: Jiří Bezouška, Leon Pavlenko & crew
AV installation and mapping: Jakub Pešek, David Fernandez, Michal Průcha, Lukáš Dřevjaný & crew

Year of completion

former monument of Stalin, Prague – Letná, Czech Republic

Floor area of the monument: 10.000 m2
Floor area of the exhibition in the monuments interior: 6.000 m2
Floor area accessible to visitors: 91 m2

BoysPlayNice, Salim Issa

Project Partners

OK Atelier s.r.o., MALANG s.r.o.

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