Lukáš Rittstein


*1973 Praha, Czech Republic

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Lukáš Rittstein graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1997, where he has been leading a sculpture studio since 2013. In 1999, he received the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. His sculptures have been presented at the Art Beijing, the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin, the Socrates Sculpture Park and the WTC in New York, or separately at the Albertin in Dresden. It is represented in many foreign and domestic collections. His works can be found in both private and public spaces.
Barbora Šlapetová and Lukáš Rittstein represented the Czech Republic at the world exhibitions EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and EXPO 2015 in Milan. They are also the authors of three books that are closely connected with their expeditions to Papua - the testimonies of natural people are literally recorded in the books Why the Night is Black, Don't Approach Closer and How to Touch the Sky and can be symbolically considered probes into the souls of the last wild people on this planet before they are affected by civilization. The book Why the Night is Black won the Magnesia Litera award in 2005.


  • 1991 - 1997 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Prague, CZ
  • 1997 - 1999 Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Prague, CZ


  • 2005 Magnesia Litera for the book Why the Night is Black (with Barbora Šlapetová)
  • 2000 Residency Award at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito
  • 1999 JIndřich Chalupecký Award as the most talented Czech artist under the age of 35
  • 1997 Václav Chad Award at the first Zlín Salon for young artists


  • 2018 Koma Birds of Paradise, EXPO pavilion in Vizovice, CZ
  • 2018 Parallelly together, Signal Festival, Prague, CZ
  • 2018 Tour, Varkert Bazar Plazza, Budapest, HG
  • 2016 Rittstein - Šlapetová - Rittstein, Miroslav Kubík Gallery, Litomyšl, CZ
  • 2015 Expo Milano, Free Form Gate, Milano, I
  • 2015 Everything is different, DOX, Prague, CZ
  • 2010 Tour, Albertínum, Dresden, DE
  • 2010 Symbiosis, Shanghai, China
  • 2009 Manop, DOX, Prague, CZ
  • 2007 Why the Night is Black, Czech Center, Munich, DE
  • 2006 Milk and Soil, Slovak International Film Festival, Uherské Hradiště, CZ
  • 2003 Day after day, Czech Center, NY, US
  • 2001 Snapshots, Mánes Gallery, Prague, CZ
  • 2000 Blue December, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague, CZ
  • 1999 From the kitchen to Saturn, National Gallery in Prague, CZ