The Czech contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale, which kicks off next weekend, is an offbeat social experiment from the leading Czech conceptual artist Kateřina Šedá. She is attempting to reintroduce normal life to popular destination Český Krumlov so as to generate debate on a major issue in today’s Europe: overtourism.
Český Krumlov in South Bohemia has a population of around 13,000. But every year the small town is visited by around two million tourists.
Kateřina Šedá, who famously brought a whole Czech village to London’s Tate Modern in 2011, says her project for the Venice Architecture Biennale was in part sparked by a visit she herself made to the town.
“I visited last summer on the invitation of the director of the Egon Schiele Art Centre, which is a partner in this project.
“Before I even reached the place a number of things had made me angry in the centre.”