Publications

Guiede Triennial SEFO 2024

Guide, Muzeum umění Olomouc / Olomouc Museum of Art, 27. 6. – 29. 12. 2024, Olomouc 2024

Guiede Triennial SEFO 2024

Guide, Muzeum umění Olomouc / Olomouc Museum of Art, 27. 6. – 29. 12. 2024, Olomouc 2024

Reader Triennial SEFO 2024

Barbora Kundračíková (ed.), Moments of the Universe. SEFO Triennial 2024. Reader, Olomouc Museum of Art, Olomouc 2024.

The 2nd publication of the SEFO Triennial 2024 will be published in autumn.

Reader Triennial SEFO 2024

Barbora Kundračíková (ed.), Moments of the Universe. SEFO Triennial 2024. Reader, Olomouc Museum of Art, Olomouc 2024.

The 2nd publication of the SEFO Triennial 2024 will be published in autumn.


The Triennial of Central European Contemporary Art is the result of the Olomouc Museum of Art‘s long-term efforts to cover the geographically, culturally and meaningfully volatile Central European space. It is a part of the Central European Forum Olomouc (SEFO) programme and complements the spectrum of activities that, in addition to modern and contemporary progressive forms of visual art, also reflect its other forms, general socio-historical and political context. The Triennial is thematic, community-oriented and partnership-based. Local and international institutions are involved in its preparation. Its first edition, launched in the pandemic year 2021, was called Universum, the current one is called Moments. It is precisely on this ground, between the general, complex and abstract on the one hand, and the concrete, particular and real on the other, that READER also moves, bringing together essays and reflections by prominent figures in contemporary discourse. Among others, these include Iaroslava Boubnova, Octavian Esanu, Tomáš Glanc, Monika Mitášová, Vera Mlechevska, Alva Noe, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Andreas Weber and Mechtilde Wiedrich. Also included are original projects by Ádam Albert, Nikolaus Gansterer, Ilona Nemeth and Tobias Putrih.

The Triennial focuses on learning about the world and the ways in which we relate to it. It sees art as an expression of the mind’s effort, and the artwork, project or intention as a fundamental tool of human creativity. It is interested in the problem of the system, which can generally be understood in two ways: as an ideal order that we discover, imitate and develop in an aesthetic way; or as an artificially created construct, which we often call truth only out of our own convenience. The fact is that we each project our own universe, but few of us can or want to share it. The museum does the same, only on a larger scale and with an objectifying aspiration. The triennial’s ambition is not to change the world, but to give it its attention. It doesn’t want to be committed but stimulating. It doesn’t see art as autonomous, nor as subservient, but as capable of creating the world. The Triennial is also associated with the institution’s new research projects, workshops and conferences. The current situation serves as a starting point for thinking about the possibilities of a public cultural institution in a new era, in a world that is undergoing intense reconstruction. And READER also personifies this effort.

SEFO triennial 2024 / Olomouc 1990-2020 publication project was created on the basis of institutional support for the long-term conceptual development of a research organization provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

The publications were funded by the Programme for the Support of Applied Research in the Field of National and Cultural Identity for the Years 2023-2030 (NAKI III) of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic within the project “Olomouc in 3D – a new dimension of the cultural heritage of the city: past, present, future” (DH23P03OVV018).