Prague AMoYA: What Happens When You Turn An Art Gallery Inside Out?

Every element of the contemporary presentation of artwork here screams anti-mainstream.

AMOYA
PHOTO LOUIS ALCORN

The art world functions just the same as the fashion industry. True Religion will always pull higher prices than Levi’s. Similarly, “name brand” artists like Picasso and Van Gogh draw the big price tags even for their self-admitted most worthless sketches and paintings. Joan Miro could paint a canvas one shade of red and sell it for thousands of dollars simply because it sported his signature on the bottom right corner. Everyone goes to The Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and the Reina Sofia to see La Guernica, but the most interesting and meaningful art pieces don’t appear here. It makes no sense to appreciate the masterwork of a famous artist without understanding the many, many years of development that came before such a creation.

AMOYA
PHOTO LOUIS ALCORN

The Artbanka Museum of Young Art (AMoYA) gallery doesn’t provide endless polished marble corridors of carefully painted walls holding the works of these so-called name brand artists. This gallery of artwork of the youth takes up residence in the decaying, unrefined rooms of the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace. The floor remains dotted with plywood boards reading “Imminent Danger, Do Not Step” complementing the cracking paint on the walls and the raw wiring and water pipes visible throughout most of the exhibits. Every element of the contemporary presentation of artwork here screams anti-mainstream.

Perhaps the most important element of the AMoYA remains that it contains strictly only works of young artists who, for the most part, are still in a developmental stage in terms of their respective artistic styles. One wing of the museum features only the artwork of a group of 16-year-old artists, who after only one year of formal art training already have extremely artistically advanced works displayed at an international contemporary art forum. AMoYA supports the most interesting part of artistic creation, which often goes overlooked in the art world, the ideas of the developing youth, the ideas that will guide all of our futures.

Louis Alcorn

As a San Diego native, Louis lives by his ultimate travel tip: take a minute in each place you visit to collect your thoughts and write them down. They tend to be invaluable when you look back in the future.

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