Return from the Mission

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    Return from the Mission, 2017
    Photo: Takeshi Hirabayashi


How does automatization and artificial intelligence influence the working situation in an industrial city like Toyota? What are its effects on the human condition and what does labor mean to each one personal?
All these questions where discussed in an unusual gathering.
Factory workers and employees of the car industry in Toyota came together, to discuss their personal experiences and expectations towards the future of labor, automatization and artificial intelligence.
In addition to the discussion, imaginative utopian and dystopian aspects of the work are expressed through body movement, sound and performance.
The workers extracted movements of their daily working routines and transformed them into a collective choreography. In an act of creativity, they experimented with acoustic instruments and created a reverse process of production by dismantling working clothes. By carefully cutting of piece after piece of cloth from each other's bodies, they created a playful yet intense moment of liberation.
The work was developed in an experimental collaborative process of the artist and the participants together.


  • Born 1984 in Sušice, Czechoslovakia
  • Based in Prague, the Czech Republic
  • Photo: Jiří Thýn

Anna Hulačová's expressive style combines the imaginative power of science fiction with ancient mythology, oriental thought, and traditional Czech culture and art. Her sculptures resemble extraterrestrial creations, in which organic and inorganic forms are mixed together, from living creatures to household electrical appliances. While referring to the art of the socialist era, in which healthy and beautiful bodies symbolized an ideal society, this seems to predict a future in which technological progress brings about radical social and ecological changes. Hulačová's sculptures, combining artificial materials such as cement and aluminum with natural materials such as honeycombs and fresh flowers--occupying a space between organic and inorganic, historical and futuristic, cruel and caring--depict a world that could be understood as both utopian and dystopian.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Open Space #3 Anna Hulačová (solo), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
2018 Baltic Triennal 13, Give up the Ghost, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
2018 Another Banana Day for the Perfect Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Toyota Municipal Museum of Art


8-5-1, Kozakahonmachi, Toyota, Aichi


Admission until
30 minutes
before closing


Mondays (Except for National Holidays)


・15 minutes on foot from Toytashi Station on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line or Shin-Toyota Station on the Aichi Loop Railway.
・10 minutes on foot from Bijutsukan-kita Bus Stop on the Meitetsu Bus.
・Approximately 10 minutes from the Toyota I.C. of the Tomei Expressway.
・Approximately 15 minutes from the Matsudaira I.C. of the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway.
・Approximately 20 minutes from the Toyota Higashi I.C. of the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway.