Slovak National Gallery by architect Vladimír Dedeček becomes the main source of inspiration for the project Asking the Arché of Architecture to Dance. 


Farm in the Cave interprets the site of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava based on its exhibited model and a visit to its site in Bratislava, Slovakia. It emphasizes and deepens the meaning of the entire architecture exhibition of the Czech and Slovak Pavilion from the 15th International Exhibition of Architecture in Venice, which lies in the conviction that battles about this, like about any architecture, cannot be decided in clashes between supporters and adversaries of architecture, be they representatives of whichever camps and positions. On the contrary, battles must be transformed into a “dance of projects” and a renewal of architectural language, without which any care – including that for historical monuments – and any procurement – would be nothing. 

It is precisely caring for architecture, getting it to “dance” – joyous architecture itself – can through its own means and creative processes help address acute problems and return architectural questions to the centre of public interest. This is the legacy of Dedeček’s site - one of the most important and simultaneously most controversial structures of the second half of the twentieth century in Slovakia - and something to which this interpretation could also contribute.

The project Care for Architecture-Asking the Arché of Architecture to Dance is not a mere transfer of the architectural exhibition  from the 15th International Exhibition of Architecture in Venice to Prague’s DOX. It is a re-installation in the true sense of the word. It is not only a rearrangement of the model and one installation wall with diagrams and images. It is more comprehensive. Some components that were only included as text in the catalogue in Vienna become part of the pictorial whole as was originally intended. 


Accompanying programme 

11th of March 2017, DOX 

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. 
Round table 
The site of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava as a reflection of the approach to Czechoslovak architecture of the 1960s and 70s – Rostislav Švácha (Academy of Fine Arts in Prague), Petr Kratochvíl (Czech Technical University in Prague), Petr Hájek (Czech Technical University in Prague, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava), Marian Zervan (Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Trnava Universtity in Trnava), Monika Mitášová (Trnava Universtity in Trnava). 

12th of March 2017, DOX  

5:17 p.m.  
Musical interpretation 
Pavel Fiedler interprets the site of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava based on a dance diagram.


The project has been made possible with cooperation of Art-Now Foundation, Petr Hájek ARCHITEKTI and Lenka Flory. 

Farm in the Cave is supported by grant from the City of Prague in
the amount of 2 500 000 CZK in 2017.


Premiere, 11th of March 2017, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

Creative Team

Concept and choreography Viliam Dočolomanský, Monika Mitášová, Min Hieu Nguyen

Performed by Min Hieu Nguyen, Andrej Petrovič (tanec/dance), Vít Halška (perkuse/percussion)

Light design František Fabián, Ondřej Růžička

Sound design Eva Hamouzová

Production Barbara Tůmová

Production DOX Michal Kučerák

Public Relations DOX Michaela Šilpochová, Zuzana Masná, Anna Strejcová

Authors of project Care for Architecture Benjamin Bradňanský, Petr Hájek, Vít Halada, Jan Studený, Marián Zervan

For Promoters

Farm in the Cave’s standard space requirements for performances are as follows: a space with good acoustics which can also be completely silent during performances; typically we use a black box or site-specific space with minimal dimensions of 10 x 10 meters, with a height of 6 meters; at least 6 months before the performance our technical team of 2-4 persons must make a preparatory visit.

The maximum number of audience members at individual performances varies, but is usually no more than 450. 
The number of performers per performance varies between 5 and 13, and the technical – production staff is between 4 and 6 people.
The minimum number of performances presented in one place is 2. The company can play 2 performances per day are available on request – the latest start time is 21:00 local time.
The length of preparation and adaptation depends on the specific performance and local conditions, with a minimum of 1-2 days necessary prior to the day of the first production.
Financial requirements are available upon request at

The organizers pay for: fees; costs of shipping scenography; personnel transport; local transportation to the performance location; housing; per-diems; costs connected with preparatory technical visit. The organizer agrees to pay for costs of equipment rental if the space to be used does not have the equipment necessary.