The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, founded in 1967 and the largest international exhibition of performance design and theatre architecture, has named a new executive director. Pavlína Šulcová brings years of experience in cultural and business diplomacy, as well as leadership of large international cultural and arts projects. Together with Artistic Director Markéta Fantová, and the team of PQ 2019, she will create the strategy for the 14th PQ edition taking place at the Prague Exhibition Grounds from June 6-16, 2019.
Pavlína Šulcová takes on the role of the Executive Director of the Prague Quadrennial after Michaela Buriánková, who has held the position since 2016.
Pavlína graduated from Charles University in the field of Humanities and Political Science. During her graduate studies, she spent a year in the Middle-East at The University of Haifa Media Studies program in Israel. She is also an active documentary photographer.
From 2008 to 2015, she worked as Deputy Commercial Officer at the Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv, responsible for the preparation of the professional program for state and trade delegations and expert professional missions. She also participated in the activities of the Czech Center in Tel Aviv, of which she became deputy director in 2015. She created the Center’s programming concept, actively sought new contacts in the Czech and Israeli art scene, and acquired support for the projects of the Center. She cooperated with the teams of various international cultural festivals, providing Czech participation, including, among others, Jerusalem Dance Week, Israel Festival, and White Night Tel Aviv. She took part in the production and organization of other Czech-Israeli projects, including a residency project of Israeli street artists creation of large-scale murals on the building of the Ponec theater and the Argo publishing house at Petrohradská Kolektiv (2016); a six-part documentary series by the Czech Television entitled Šumné stopy – Izrael (Vibrant Traces – Israel, 2012); Days of Prague in Jerusalem 2012; and the 2014 exhibition of Israeli photographer Felix Lupa at the Leica Gallery in Prague. As a photographer, she has created several documentary series, notably The Wingmen dedicated to Czech pilots and airplane mechanics in Israel which was exhibited at the Aviation Museum in Kbely, Prague in 2015.
As executive director of PQ she wil also develops strategies for and organize projects in between the main quadrennial exhibitions.
In the past ten years, the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space has transformed from a single recurring exhibition event into an organization which provides an international platform for continuing projects focused on education, exhibitions, professional exchanges and internships, publishing, original art projects, and international symposia in the field of contemporary stage design.