Dear Colleagues, Friends and Architectural Enthusiasts,
We would like to support the past, current and recent activities of 4AM
Association from the Gallery of Architecture based in the city of Brno,
the Czech Republic. We feel
that our support is needed due to the recent decision of the Board of
Trustees of the Czech Architecture Foundation to terminate the tenancy
agreement of the 4AM Association.
We consider this decision to be an erroneous one and see the reasoning behind it as insufficient.
In order for the Czech Architecture Foundation not to lose our respect
and trust we would like to ask the members of the Board of Trustees for
public clarification. The discussion regarding the very issue should
involve not only the members of 4AM Association but also members of
Selection and Grants Committee as well as the widest possible range of
individuals and bodies actively involved in architecture and its
promotion. Of course the visitors of exhibitions and the audience of the
lectures and other events 4AM have held in the course of their
existence should be invited to join the discussion.
event that even as a result of such a discussion the decision issued by
the Board of Trustees of the Czech Architecture Foundation is not
re-assessed and reviewed we assume that the Czech Architecture
Foundation will introduce a long-term concept of the gallery in Brno and
will explain and clarify what the future potential tenant of the
Gallery should do in order to fullfil the role and the task of
“presenting architecture as an integral part of contemporary culture”
Without such a discussion the Czech Architectural Fund is meant to
become a non-transparent and untrustworthy as such. However, we do
believe that such a discussion shall take place and that open
communication will renew the mutual trust.
information retained from the website of the Czech Architecture Foundation:
The Board of Trustees decided in its last meeting of May 5, 2012 to
terminate the tenancy agreement with Association 4AM Forum for
Architecture and Media, the current entity running the Gallery of
Architecture in the City of Brno. The agreement will be terminated by
December 12, 2012. The Association selected to operate the Gallery
was chosen in tender procedure in 2012. The tender procedure took place
at the time when the Gallery had been closed for six months. The
Selection Committee the selected the 4AM entity out of two candidates
based on the program submitted by them. The selection was partially
perceived as an experiment. The experiment was after two years of the
Gallery being operated by 4AM Association as an unsuccessful one as it
fails to fulfill the mission of the Czech Architecture Foundation.