Potties for premature babies

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30 celebrities were involved in the beautification of white porcelain pots, all of which will be auctioned in the Žofín Palace on 27. 3. 2017, 6 PM. The yield from the auction will be donated to the ´Premature babies and their families´ fund. You can see all the artworks from this unique collection at our new location in Michalská 1, Prague 1. The exhibition will be shown to visitors from 1. 2. 2017 till 26. 3. 2017.

We would like to thank the Český porcelán a.s. for providing the pots, KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH a.s. for supplying the acrylic paint, and all of the VIPs who created these beautiful pieces: Monika Absolonová, Jan Cina, Zbigniew Czendlik, Jiří Dvořák, Richard Genzer, Milan Hein, Karel Heřmánek, Marta Jandová, Ivana Jirešová, Tereza Kerndlová, Tomáš Klus, Michaela Kuklová, Osmany Laffita, Prof. MuDr. Petr Neužil, CSc., FESC,  Míša Nosková, Dagmar Pecková, Magdalena Pivoňková, Adam Plachetka a Kateřina Kněžíková with a daughter Adélka, David Prachař, Markéta Procházková, Petr Rychlý, Felix Slováček a Lucie Gelemová, Antonín Střížek, Jana Šárová, Tomáš Trapl, Zdeněk Troška, Miluška Voborníková, Jan Vodňanský, Roman Vojtek, Zdeněk Vrba.


01 Monika Absolonová

The singer, actress and presenter named her potty "Family".


02 Jan Cina

The singer, presenter, actor and dubber named his potty "Kapradník" - flowerpot on bracken.


03 Zbigniew Czendlik

Roman Catholic priest, dean of Lanškroun and writer named his potty "Fighting makes sense."


04 Jiří Dvořák

Actor and dubber, a cast member of the Vinohrady Theater named his potty "Honza".

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

I cannot paint. I even had someone to help me, but that is a secret. I decided to go with a collage of photos taken from the “Anděl Páně” (opět název, bych nechal, a jen treba dat za nazev do zavorky: A Czech movie) fairytale, which I believe makes people happy. Therefore it is my hope that the potty will do so as well.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

The highest. It is for a good cause, so let everyone spend as much as they can.

Do you know the Museum of Hygiene, which besides being the largest one in the world is now regularly involved in various charity events?

I do, and I find it very inspiring. When one visits the museum, he realizes that it is possible to take a dump and make it into an esthetically interesting artifact.

Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated?

Yes, I do. Thank God it exists. 

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life?

I have not, but I have seen a photo of an unborn baby which was as small as a pen. That picture left a big impact on me. What surprised me even more though, was the team of nurses and doctors capable of transforming the poor thing into a healthy and beautiful child later.

What is the name you chose for your potty and why?

Honza. He is very lazy and that’s why I named the potty after him. Noone would want to leave their warm bed to go to on a potty, and this way he had it accessible right away under his bed.

Just let me note:

With this little pot we hope for a great relief :-)


05 Richard Genzer

Actor, comedian, presenter, singer and dancer named his potty "Ballad on pushing one out".


06 Milan Hein

Actor, presenter and the director of the Ungelt theatre named his potty “Fartie”.

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

I was inspired by life and my childhood memories.


How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

The highest. I want it to help the cause.

Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated?

Yes I do and I would love to be helpful to it.


07 Karel Heřmánek

Actor and the director of the Bez Zábradlí theatre created the "Happy potty".


08 Marta Jandová

Singer and frontwoman of the German band Die Happy named her potty "Discokoule" (disco balls) and will surprise auction.


09 Ivana Jirešová

Theater and

television actress and a musical theatre singer created a potty named "I know what you did".


10 Tereza Kerndlová

The singer named her potty "Blue Flowers".


11 Tomáš Klus

Singer, songwriter, lyricist, composer and actor named his potty "Chrudoš".

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go? We searched for it in the moment itself and the creation took place in the presence of many beloved creatures. We painted the pot at my friend’s cottage surrounded by children, dogs, cats, and good vibes.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction? I love the number 21 lately. So if it is going to be hundreds, or thousands, it will be great. But the reality may be different for every single person. I do hope though, that it is going to be the highest, because it is for a good cause.

Do you know the Museum of Hygiene, which besides being the largest one in the world is now regularly involved in various charity events? Oh yeah, I always go around this place and promise myself that I will visit it. I did not know that it donates to charity though, since I did not fulfill that promise yet.


Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated? Yeah, I know it and I keep my fingers and paintbrushes crossed for it.

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life? Fortunately not, and God bless all those who have.


12 Michaela Kuklová

Actress and dubber named her potty "A building under the linden tree".


Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

It was immediately clear to me that my potty should display a homestead, nature, and the evening sunlight. I have felt the desire to paint something like this for a long time, because I have always been fascinated by the village homesteads, the nature, cows, horses…

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

Of course I would love for my potty to contribute with the highest amount of money, but one has to stay humble. I do not wish to say any particular number at the moment, as I do not want to limit the potential buyer. Personally, I will be grateful for any contribution.

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life?

Yes, and not only once. Fortunately, the children have always managed to get through it and catch up. Personally, I was also born prematurely, as my lungs were not fully developed yet.


13 Osmany Laffita

Fashion designer called his potty "Dona Pipi".

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

Probably while sitting on a toilet.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

Whichever amount helps the fund you support.

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life?

Yes. My brother’s son Nenuko was born just in the 25th week of pregnancy. Today, he is a lovely boy, and he is 17 years old.


14 Petr Neužil

Professor MUDr. Petr Neužil, CSc., FESC and a senior attending physician in the Department of Cardiology at the Na Homolce hospital created a piece called "Cardio potty".


15 Míša Nosková

Solo and musical singer named her potty "Poppy doll".


16 Dagmar Pecková

Opera singer, mezzo-soprano, named her potty "Sunflowers".


Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go? I looked at the Sunflowers painting by Vincent Van Gogh…. At that moment, I could not imagine a better inspiration than that. I consider myself quite dexterous, so I finished painting the potty in approximately 2 hours.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction? I really do not know….. but I do hope that the Van Gogh fans will not disappoint….. In fact, they can put the potty under the actual Sunflowers painting and create a beautiful scenery that way. 

Do you know the Museum of Hygiene, which besides being the largest one in the world is now regularly involved in various charity events? I have to admit that until creating this piece for your museum I had no idea about its existence. But I find it amazing that there is always something new to discover, and that your museum charitably supports this project.

Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated? Yeah, I know it. Mainly thanks to the two charming ladies; Mrs. Hana Píšová and Markéta Stránská. Their personal commitment is admirable.

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life? Unfortunately yes.


17 Magdalena Pivoňková

Film director called her potty "Jabkolíbka" (Cradle for Apple).

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

A child to me is like an apple blossom-  born into the life of miniature gaieties and kind marauders.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

2)  I I do not know how much the actual white pot costs….. I value my piece for at least 1500 CZK…

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life?

I have a friend who works as a nurse in the ARO department, where she cares for the preterm born infants- it is mentally as well as physically incredibly difficult, and exhausting job, which may lead to an occupational burnout….. The fight for the lives of these helpless creatures…. I know several other stories…the good ones and the worse ones as well…


18 Adam Plachetka a Kateřina Kněžíková with daughter Adélka

Opera singers, bass-baritone and soprano invited their daughter Adélka to join them, and together they created a potty named "Bedtime Stories."


19 David Prachař

Actor, voice-over artist and cast member of the National Theatre named his potty "@".

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go? I read several emails every day, therefore I see the “@” every day.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction? The real value is immeasurable, but I will settle for a crown (1 CZK).

Do you know the Museum of Hygiene, which besides being the largest one in the world is now regularly involved in various charity events? Yes, I do know the museum, because I bought a motorcycle just across the street from here.

Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated? This is the first time I heard about it.

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life? I know that the number of prematurely born babies is increasing, that’s why the science has made a huge step forward in this area. It is also important to provide the children with a more intensive care.


20 Markéta Procházková

Musical singer and actress created a potty called "I'm magical."

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

I was inspired by various paintings which can be created by a single line…..and because I love the nature, animals….love…. that’s what is displayed on my pot. I painted a fish tank with a goldfish inside, oh yeah, and there is a church incense painted on the bottom. J since it is a potty.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

I mainly hope that it will be sold, and help someone. I don’t want to say any actual amount at the moment.

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life?

Yes, I have.


21 Petr Rychlý

Actor, dubber, presenter, director and occasional singer created a "Fofrník" (quick potty).


22 Felix Slováček a Lucie Gelemová

Clarinetist, composer and conductor together with the painter created a pot called "Lucie and Felix for the children".

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

In our own imagination. 

 

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

The highest one.


23 Antonín Střížek

Painter, graphic artist and photographer created potty "Concealed light bulb."


24 Jana Šárová

Painter and a conceptual artist called her piece “In the flowers”.

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

I imagined where one would most preferably go “take a dump”. The nature, and the flowers win in my taste. Most preferably the ones which won’t scratch you with nothing dangerous lurking inside. Also, they should be pretty so that even our “poo” enjoys them. The creation was very smooth and joyful!

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

 It would please me very much if my potty was sold for at least 20 000 CZK.

Do you know the Museum of Hygiene, which besides being the largest one in the world is now regularly involved in various charity events?

I know the museum and I admire it.

Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated?

I do now, thanks to this project.

Have you ever encountered this problem in your life?

I was born prematurely myself.

Do you have any “potty” story of your own?

I can vaguely remember a plastic one from my childhood, which I did not like. It was not until my visit to your museum that I saw the beautiful ones.


25 Tomáš Trapl

Singer, actor and dubber created potty "Five stained glass."


26 Zdeněk Troška

Film and theater director, together with pupils of the Elementary Art School prepared a potty called "In spring, everything goes better" for our auction.


Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go? In early December, I attended the awards ceremony organized by the Art School for the winners of the international art competition in Písek for the twentieth time. When I spoke with the talented pupils and students, I realized that I can “leave” my task to them. At first, they were suspicious and thought that I was only joking when I told them that I’d want them to paint on a “potty”. But when I showed them the pot and the paints they became convinced, and promised to help me. I did not restrict them at all, in fact I let them paint whatever they wanted. I was very pleasantly surprised when they gave me a golden pot with a spring dandelion motive, and the inside having a “deep pond” look. It may hide other surprises than just a final metamorphosis state of the food you ate. I do not want to take credit for other people’s work though. All the admiration belongs to the young artists from Písek.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction? The highest one of course, because the money will be used for a honorable cause, which will help many children. The children are paying the children in this case.

Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated? I am familiar, and delighted with it. I consider myself to be a big fan of it.

What is the name you chose for your potty and why?  We used to have a massive, brown potty made out of stoneware, which could contain up to 5 liters! Even when it was empty it was very heavy. And unbreakable! Just recently I saw it in “cochárna” (A place where you can find anything you want)….it’s still the same.



27 Miluška Voborníková

The singer and actress, a cast member of the theater Semaphore created potty "That's life."


28 Jan Vodňanský

Writer, actor, singer and songwriter has created potty "Rabbit cancan".

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go?

I searched for an inspiration in the melody and the overall atmosphere of a song called “Jak mi dupou králíci” (“How my rabbits stomp”). Even though Petr Skoumal composed it in a marching rhythm, I had an idea that the rabbits could stomp in a rhythm of Cancan this time. That’s why I painted them like that considering the pot’s circular and continual shape.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction?

If I consider the price of an actual rabbit that can dance Cancan, a 100 000 CZK seems like a quite relevant price.


29 Roman Vojtek

Actor, singer, dancer, presenter and entrepreneur has created a beautiful "Pestrobarevník" (multi-colored chamber pot).


30 Zdeněk Vrba

Presenter, DJ, businessman, tennis player crated the “Guilt-free potty”, because of his love for wine.Replies Z. Vrba (and that is indeed no gossip):

Where did you look for the inspiration and how did the creation itself go? I love wine and the winemakers. Also, we have a new law that has just been passed for the winemakers. The “Guilt-free potty” may come in handy once the wine growers actually read the law.

For the past 20 years, I have been producing various cultural events at the exhibit in the town of Litoměřice. One of my addictions after this activity is the consumption of the local Tramín (local wine). That’s why it is the number one in my opinion. The second place belongs to the Moravian wines, and the last but not least are the French, Spanish, Italian, and Austrian wines. Therefore, my potty is a European one which does not want to be controlled by Brussels, but by the Museum of Hygiene. The creation was difficult, long, and very sticky.

How high would you like the actual bid for your potty to be at the auction? I’d love the bid to be 100 000. Euros preferably. But I know the reality, and I will be happy with 10 000 CZK. Every crown is good for a good cause…

Do you know the Museum of Hygiene, which besides being the largest one in the world is now regularly involved in various charity events? I do know about the museum, and I’m planning to visit it.

Do you know the ´Premature babies and their families´ endowment fund, to which the proceeds from the auctioned pots will be donated? I did not know about the fund, but I am familiar with the issue. I was fascinated by the doctors’ work ethic when I visited the Preterm birth department in a hospital. 



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