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Fire at the Industrial Palace

A fire has extensively damaged the home of the Prague Quadrennial. Our friends at the PQ office sent us these details this morning

“We are sorry to inform you that the Left Wing of the Industrial Palace of the Exhibition Grounds Prague, where the Prague Quadrennial traditionally takes place, has burned down. The ceiling of the Left Wing has fallen down, due to serous fire, around 7.30 p.m. on October 16th, 2008.

The Right Wing as well as the Central Hall have not been on fire. Damage in these two spaces of the Industrial Palace is not yet known but will probably be quite serious considering the steel construction that was connecting all of the three main spaces.

At this point we are not sure what this will mean for the Prague Quadrennial 2011, as we have no information on the possible reconstruction of the Palace. The call for applications is still planned to be issued in February 2009.

You can see the photos at www.pq.cz or video on www.ct24.cz or iDnes.

PQ Team”




2 thoughts on “Fire at the Industrial Palace

  1. I could not ignor this massage as I ussualy do.
    I am so sorry to here about the fire, it was so sad to look at the pictures. The Palace holds so many fine and beautiful memories. We all truly hope that you will be able to overcome all the obstacles that may come and reper this beautiful building twards the 2011 Qudrianal. I am with you and send my best wishes to you all.
    Haya Biran

    Posted by Haya Biran | October 19, 2008, 7:26 am
  2. Hello Haya,
    thank you for your sympathy. It’s very sad, I live 50 kilometres from Prague, but I have never seen the Industrial Palace, I always wanted to go there next time… However, our Prague mayor promised, that it will have been rebuilt by October 2010.
    Greeting to Israel!

    Posted by Lukáš | October 26, 2008, 11:38 am

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