Exhibition Design for Sklena Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Project Team: Pavel Hladik (Project Coordination), Michael U. Hensel, Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

The scheme for the OCEAN exhibition at Sklenar Gallery in Prague explores the themes of screens and niches, as well as modulated transparency, as a strategy for experimental exhibition design. This is informed by OCEAN research on historical screenwalls, especially the cut-out stucco muqarnas of the music chamber in the Ālī Qāpū Palace in Isfahan, and the material experiments conducted in OCEAN’s Barely project.

Perspectival plan showing the two main exhibition spaces of Sklena Gallery.

The two gallery spaces are organized as a looped circulation by screen-walls and walls with inset niches, as well as by transparent walls with printed and milled images.

Screen-walls and niche-walls that reveal views onto exhibits from specific viewing angles.

One type of screenwalls is articulated as thick walls that feature openings and niches that allow for different views of exhibits. The views are additionally altered by changing backlight conditions.

View of the translucent screen design that offers different layered views that alter with changing light conditions.

The second type of screens will be made from transparent sheet material feature printed and milled images that appear as floating immaterial figures. The effect is enhanced by changing light conditions ranging from daylight to artificial lighting via UV-lights.