“In an age when growing numbers of people tend to think dangerously alike, art’s capacity to suspend, even for a moment, our habitual ways of seeing may well prove to be of its greatest value,” reads the motto of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, one of the most progressive institutions on the contemporary Central European cultural scene.
An opinion, a conviction, a way of perceiving things. These are all meanings of the original Greek word doxa, upon which the name of the largest contemporary art space in the Czech Republic is based. Since 2008, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has been providing a platform for contemporary international art and a space for social interaction, with the aim to develop exchanges between individual artistic disciplines, and to support overlaps between art, the social sciences, education, and other fields. The DOX Centre is a place where art inspires, disturbs, and, above all, disrupts habitual ways of thinking.
DOX originated as a private initiative by its current director, Leoš Válka, and his partners, who completely financed the project in its initial phase. Thanks to their courageous vision, which in the beginning many thought mad, hard work, and important private investments, this former Holešovice factory was transformed into a unique multi-functional space for the presentation of contemporary art. And thanks to its independence of state institutions, the radical mission and a programme based on international cooperation, the Centre’s opening has become a fundamental and pioneering endeavour on the Czech cultural scene.
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