The Central European Art Database (CEAD) project aims to build a dynamic online database of visual arts and culture of Central Europe after the WWII. The database content is primarily focused on the cultural scene and artistic manifestations in the V4 countries. The main part of the CEAD project is a detailed research of key artistic figures who were actively involved in the development of culture in the given area. The project aims to create an open interactive archive of cultural memory with an emphasis on social and international context.

The database is created using the Collective Access programme which is designed for cataloguing and web presentations for museums, archives and online catalogues. The information will be stored in the form museum ISO standard CIDOC CRM. The data are sorted according to individual requirements into clear visualizations and are also significantly complemented with a series of short video portraits of selected Central European artists.
The Olomouc Museum of Art has been systematically mapping the cultural life of the second half of the 20th century in Central Europe for several years. The objective of the CEAD project is to extend the museum activities into a virtual Internet space. There, the database should serve for a wide range of professionals and art lovers through extensive information feed.

The database of the Central European Art CEAD is a project of the Olomouc Museum of Art. The database content is freely and without limitation accessible to all users,  both to professionals and general public, interested in art, social and cultural life in post-war Central Europe. The database is a multinational research project, realised in collaboration with many institutions.
The database is designed exclusively for cognitive, research and educational purposes. Its utilisation is strictly noncommercial. Any other kind of its dissemination, publication and distribution of all materials mentioned in the database is forbidden without express consent of the copyright owner, regardless of form or medium.  The consent of the database provider and appending the following citation: in CEAD, [online],, date of access, are the terms of use.
Photographs presented in the database may be subject to copyright of the artist, whose work is captured, of the photographer who has taken the photo, or the institution in which he is employed. Written parts are subject to copyright as well.
In case of any doubts, reservations or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.    

This database is ideologically committed to the Creative Commons Licence.


START: 1st October 2011, Olomouc Museum of Art, Denisova 824/47, CZ - 779 00 Olomouc, N 49°35.77360', E 17°15.37305'
SCHEDULED LANDING (at the V4 International Station): 31st July 2014
PUBLIC RELEASE: 16th October 2014, 6:30 p.m. CEST (UTC+1)
DURATION OF EXPEDITION: 1034 days (landing), 1111 days (release)

  • Preparation of the CEAD mission, formation of the research expedition with a human crew from the MUO.
  • Joining with other expeditions from allied spaceships (Szent István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár, HU; Zachęta – Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw, PL; East-Slovak Gallery in Košice, SK; 13 kubikov, civic association, Bratislava, SK) and their promise to participate in the mission.
  • March 2011: The proposed version of the CEAD mission is sent to the V4 International Station for review (Visegrad Fund).
  • September/October 2011: The final acceptance and approval of the mission made it possible for the MUO crew to initiate a survey of the complicated CEAD environment and of the possible access roads to the labyrinth of relationships leading to the implementation of the established goals.
  • Consultations with experts, performance of experiments, and necessary preparation for navigation in the open (virtual) CEAD space.
  • Crew's regular reports to the Control Centre of the MUO Parent Base and to the V4 International Station (Visegrad Fund).
  • 24th to 25th November 2011: A two-day meeting of partners and external researchers at the MUO with a view to presenting the contents of the CEAD mission, including the specific features and the intended future design of its functional structure. In addition, works which approximated the very nature of the CEAD in various respects and their practical outputs were also presented. (Record:
  • Launching the CEAD mission into orbit through
  • Fine-tuning of the CEAD structure and the contents of its textual information in consultation with experts.
  • Autumn 2012: Flying through a cloud of meteorites resulted in the loss of the chief pilot and new crew members were hired who gradually took over the necessary responsibilities.
  • Start of the preparation of the internal environment of the CEAD.
  • Adaptation of the Collective Access module for the needs of the CEAD mission and storage of the data in the ISO CIDOC CRM standard formats.
  • Gathering and production of content information concerning the selected key satellites in the CEAD system (I. Bak, L. Fehér, J. Jankovič, M. Jetelová, G. Jovánovics, D. Maurer, S. Pinczehelyi, L. Padrtová) as a result of the work of experienced experts in their fields of expertise.
  • A reconnaissance team consisting of the crew members sent gradually to individual satellites in the CEAD orbit which are rigorously monitored (artists: I. Bak, L. Fehér, G. Jovánovics, D. Maurer, S. Pinczehelyi; teoretici: E. Forgacs, K. Szipöcs, M. Kovalovski.).
  • November 2012: Landing on an allied spaceship (Szent István Király Múzeum, Székesfehérvár, HU) and making contact with another important local base (Ludwig Múzeum - Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum, Budapest, HU) which promised to cooperate in the mission and transfer the selected data from their research archives to the shared environment of the CEAD.
  • Filling the newly prepared environment with the collected audiovisual data including the processed monitoring data of the key satellites along with textual information:
  • 6th March 2013: Landing in the studio of I. Nádhera; Budapest, HU.
  • 19th October 2013: Flying through a cluster of scattered artifacts of Magdalena Abakanowicz, Orońsko, PL.
  • 27th March 2013: Expedition ascent to the premises of the Slovak National Gallery and to the topical exhibition of Jana Želibská, Bratislava, SK.
  • 16th May 2013: Monitoring of the exhibition of Ludmila Padrtová in the West-Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen, CZ.
  • 27th May 2013: Ascent to the premises of Milan Dobeš's studio, Bratislava, SK.
  • 31st May 2013: Monitoring of Magdalena Jetelová's smoke signals and her exhibition in the MUO, CZ; 13th December 2013: second phase of gathering of material in the terrain; in the meantime, examination of her studio in Bergheim, DE on 23rd November.
  • 18th October and 11th November 2013: Expedition to Géza Pernecki's studios, Budapest, HU and Cologne, DE.
  • 22nd November 2013: Monitoring of Endre Tót's studio, Cologne, DE.
  • 8th August 2013: Expedition to Monogrammist T. D., Štramberk, CZ.
  • 30th January 2014: Flight to Aleš Veselý's studio, Středokluky, CZ.
  • An expedition is sent to other potential collaborators and data is obtained from them for the CEAD database (Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové, East-Bohemian Gallery of Fine Arts in Pardubice, Gallery of Central-Bohemian Region, Regional Art Gallery in Jihlava, CZ).
  • Testing and optimization of individual functions and additions of the internal and public (virtual) environment of the CEAD.
  • Introduction of graphical elements and complementation of the CEAD contents.
  • Examination of the insulation (copyright) protection and consultation with experts regarding its resistance to risks in public space.
  • 8th April 2014: Business meeting with partners and collaborators and presentation of progress in the CEAD mission. Provision of a manual for safe navigation in open space with several completed outputs of video-monitoring of satellites in the CEAD orbit.
  • Internal tests of the functional structure of the CEAD in the open space.
  • June 2014: National Broadcasting Station's (Czech Television) promise to cooperate and provide selected materials from their archives to the CEAD.
  • 31st July 2014: Announcement of a trial launch of the CEAD beta version.
  • Optimization of the functionality of content and audiovisual features and finishing work in open space.
  • 16th October 2014: Ceremonial launch of the public version of the CEAD and commencement of a new project stage of international cooperation and free flow of information in the open CEAD space. 

Jakub Frank (2019–)
Kamil Zajíček (2012–)
Barbora Kundračíková (2012–)
Beata Rakowská (2011–)
Olga Staníková (2012–)
Katarína Gatialová (2011–2012)

Technical support:
Tomáš Langer (2020–)
Jan Laštovička (2015–2019)
Dušan Barok (2012–2014)

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