06. 02. 2018
The OFF SEASON book is devoted to the architecture of the Machnáč spa house in Trenčianske Teplice (SK)
The discussion and subsequent baptism in the cultural space of Prague in Brno was attend by the curators Martin Zaiček, Andrea Kalinová and Petra Hlaváčková.
Spa house Machnáč belongs to the most valuable works built in the interwar Czechoslovakia and is an important example of European functionalism. Its author is Prague architect Jaromír Krejcar (1895-1950). The architectonic solution of this unique building is a celebration of technological and social progress, materializing in it the author’s idea of humanism. Machnáč first opened on June 1, 1932. In 1969 he was included in the first list of monuments in Czechoslovakia, in 1996 he was declared a national cultural monument. It was closed in 2002, since it has been abandoned and desolate.
The story of this remarkable functionalist monument has been the focus of the Opustena (re) creations in the past six years, which created many site-specific installations and events to honor this building. These are also the focus of the content and the visual accompaniment to the text of the book. The OFF SEASON publication is a textual and pictorial reflection of the phenomenon of Czechoslovak architectural functionalism and European avant-garde, as well as a probe into the life of its author, architect Jaromír Krejcar. The idea of the publication came from photographer Andrea Kalinová and architect Martin Zaiček in an attempt to perpetuate the cultural and historical value of the Machnáč spa house, whose fate and other existence are currently very unclear. Texts besides them were included in the book by Austrian architect critic Jan Tabor, Swiss architect Klaus Spechtenhauser and his Slovak colleague Peter Szalay. Editorial is the Czech critic of art and architecture Petr Hlaváčková, graphic design of the book was given by Magdaléna Scheryová, the authors of the photographs are Peter Kuzmin, Radana Somora and Andrea Kalinová.