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Zdeněk Burian

Zdeněk Burian

text and concept by Vladimír Prokop

monograph (in Czech)

An extensive illustrated full-colour monograph issued
in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name organised
by the Gallery Company in cooperation with the Adminstration of Prague Castle (Riding School, Prague Castle, 1st April ?10th July 2005). This is the first detailed study of Burian’s entire work encompassing the various genres. It also maps his work as a book and magazine illustrator, his important paleontological reconstructions and his lesser-known or unknown uncommissioned works, and includes many reproductions of Burian’s works and documentary photographs. The book also features a detailed list of all the artist’s known works.

Layout by Světla Kořánov?

ISBN 80-86010-89-9 EAN 978-80-86010-89-2
275 x 230 mm, 272 pages, about 500 colour reproductions
and documentary photographs, list of works, resum?in English, hardback with paper cover

Gallery price: 599, 40 CZK
Recommended retail price: 999,- CZK

  Zdeněk Burian

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Zdeněk Burian

Zdeněk Burian

text and concept by Vladimír Prokop

katalog (in Czech)

Full-colour catalogue of the exhibition of the same name organised by the Gallery Company in cooperation with the Administration
of Prague Castle (Riding School, Prague Castle,
1st April ?10th July 2005). Comprises brief studies on Burian’s life work, biographical data and a selection of books illustrated
by Zdeněk Burian. Illustrated throughout with colour reproductions
of the artist’s works and many documentary photographs.

Layout by Světla Kořánov?


ISBN 80-86010-91-0 EAN 978-80-86010-91-5
230 x 210 mm, 104 pages + 1 press-out, cca 150 colour reproductions and documentary photographs, paperback

Gallery price: 179,40 CZK
Recomended retail price: 299,- CZK

   

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Bohdan Holomíček - National Theatre, 2002 / 03 Season

Bohdan Holomíček,
National Theatre, 2002 / 03 Season

(ČJ-AJ-FR)

This book, with layout by Milan Jaro? focuses on a selection of Holomíček’s photographs from the National Theatre in Prague, for which he worked in the 2002-2003 season. Bohdan Holomíček’s first self-contained set of photographs originated in the theatre; it was in a theatre that he held his first radical exhibition; thanks to commissions from theatres, he has been able to concentrate on free work over the last eight years. In spite of the fact that Bohdan Holomíček is today incontestably first amongst the most respected practitioners in the field of theatre photography, it has been an overlooked chapter in his photography until the present publication, commissioned by the National Theatre specifically for the documentation of the life of its colleagues in the merry-go-round of one season.

ISBN: 80-86010-82-1, 237 x 262 mm,
hardback with cover, 150 pp,

Price not given
Distribution arranged by the National Theatre in Prague

   

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The Libe?Gasholder

The Libe?Gasholder

The Libe? Gasholder

Lenka Bydžovsk? Karel Srp

(ČJ)

The authors have selected a remarkable quantity of work by artists of several generations whose inspirational source has been a unique technological object which over time acquired a remarkable cultural meaning ?the spherical gasholder in Libe? Prague, built at the beginning of the 1930s. From the moment it was raised it was hailed as an attractive modern construction into which ideas of the time about the possibilities of industrial development were projected. The spherical shape, for a long time standing isolated on the outskirts, a place where the city came to an end, attracted photographers (e.g. Pavel Altschul, Miroslav Hák, Josef Sudek, Jiří Jeníček, Tibor Honty, Josef Ehm, Emila Medkov? Václav Chochola, Ladislav Michálek), painters (e.g. Václav Tikal, František Gross, Cyril Bouda, Kamil Lhoták, Jan Konůpek) and from time to time writers and poets (e.g. Vladimír Nabokov, Josef Škvoreck?. The Libe? gasholder has appeared not only on the book jackets of specialist publications about the gas industry, but even on postcards and on book jackets of works of literature. Layout by Milan Jaro?

ISBN: 80-86010-81-3, ring binding,
diameter 310 mm, plastic cover, 120 pp,
85 reproductions, English resum?/font>

Gallery price: 650,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 1,083.- CZK

   

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Antonín Slavíček

Vladimír Boudník
between avant-garde and underground

Vít Havránek, Vladislav Merhaut, Martin Pila? Zdenek Primus, Jan Rous, Jiří Valoch
Zdenek Primus (ed.)

(ČJ)

The first comprehensive illustrated monograph about Vladimír Boudník, a key personality who shared in the development of post-war Czech art, traces Boudník’s life in the context of his work; through specialist studies and many reproductions it presents separate phases of development, and acts as a reminder of the author’s own texts, programmes and manifestos, daily jottings and correspondence. The book (typographical design by Petr Babák) also contains a detailed biography, bibliography, list of exhibitions and resum?in English.

ISBN 80-86010-77-5, 320 x 300 mm,
366 pages, 278 reproductions, documentary photographs,
index of names, hardback with paper cover

Gallery price: 999,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 1660,- CZK

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Antonín Slavíček

Joska Skalník
dreams ?situations ?games

(ČJ, AJ)

The blue and silver book put together mainly from illustrative reproductions and texts by Joska Skalník supplemented by short studies by leading art historians (Vlasta Čihákov?Noshiro, Jiří Šetlík, Anna Fárov? gives a comprehensive overview not only of Skalník’s collages prints and paintings but also his objets, installations, and social projects.

ISBN 80-86010-76-7, 240 x 300 mm,
207 pages, firm binding with paper cover

Gallery price: 599,50 CZK
Recommended retail price: 999,- CZK

   

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Antonín Slavíček

Antonín Slavíček
1870 ?1910

Jana Orlíkov? Miroslava Hlaváčkov?/strong>

(ČJ)

Jana Orlíkov? is the author of the exhibition at the Municipal Library in Prague which, after forty years, presents Slavíček’s life’s work to the public. She has, in cooperation with Miroslava Hlaváčkov? prepared an illustrated catalogue to the exhibition, including a catalogue of the works exhibited. The graphic layout is by Světla Kořánov?

ISBN: 80-86010-74-0, 230 x 210 mm,
pp. 103, 77 reproductions and photographic documentation, paperback,

Gallery price: 222,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 370,-
CZK


ISBN: 80-86010-75-9, English version only,
230 x 210 mm, pp. 31, paperback,

Gallery price: 50,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 75,- CZK

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Antonín Slavíček

Antonín Slavíček
1870 ?1910

Roman Prahl, Marie Rakušanov?
Karel Srp a Petr Wittlich


(ČJ)

On the occasion of the exhibition of the same name organised by the Gallery of the City of Prague from 16.3. to 5.9.2004, a prestigious illustrated monograph has been produced by the publisher Gallery.

The authors follow Slavíček’s work from his artistic beginnings as a student in Julius Mařák’s landscape studio through his transition to mood painting with touches of Symbolism and of a verifiable tendency to a decorative solution, and to inclusion in the framework of European Secession Symbolist painting and of the atmospheric tendencies of the period. In the wider context they devote space to the relationship of Slavíček’s work to Impressionism, and follow the Impressionist tendencies in various periods of Slavíček’s work, including the theoretical and philosophic anchorage of Slavíček’s expression connected with the phenomenon of Impressionism. They record Slavíček’s repeated Realist tendencies with an emphasis on expressing the material composition of the landscape and the spatial organisation of a pictorial composition, with an observation on the influence of the Worpswede school and a critical evaluation of this phenomenon. They have explored Slavíček’s recognition of the artistic potential of Edvard Munch in his reaction to the Munch exhibition in Prague in 1905, and aim to grasp the import of Slavíček’s achievements of this time for the younger generation ?thinking over on the one hand the possibilities of the expressive urgency of the picture, on the other the firm three-dimensional construction of the pictorial composition. They draw attention to his striving for and, in the majority of realisations, failure to achieve, a firm and logical structure of the picture, and emphasise the divergence in attitude between Slavíček’s generation of the 1890s and that of the Osma (Eight) generation.
The book includes a selection of previously unpublished correspondence, biographical data, a bibliography, a list of exhibitions and an index of names. The graphic layout is by Zdeněk Ziegler and David Fírek.

ISBN: 80-86010-73-2, 280 x 230 mm,
pp. 300, 228 reproductions and photographic documentation, hardback with paper cover

Gallery price: 899,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 1499,- CZK

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Pavel Nešleha

Pavel Nešleha

Petr Wittlich

(ČJ, AJ)

This descriptive illustrated monograph with an introductory study by Peter Wittlich is devoted to the life’s work, ended too soon, of the major painter and printmaker Pavel Nešleha. Separate thematic illustrated blocks are introduced by texts by Nešleha himself, written during the last two years of the artist’s life. They are linked to essays with a motif orientation which he published in the catalogues of some of his exhibitions. At the end of the book is an appendix consisting of documentation ?texts by different authors from catalogues and journals. The graphic layout is by Jan Solpera.

ISBN 80-86010-72-4, 290 x 230 mm,
pp. 351, 300 reproductions and photographic documentation, hardback edition with paper cover

Gallery price: 800,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 1333,- CZK

   

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Barrandov I. , Vzestup k výšinám


Barrandov I.
Vzestup k výšinám

Pavel Jiras

(ČJ)

The story of the Barranov Studios, which is largely also the story of Czech cinema. Czech film-makers proved their worth in the nineteen-twenties and thirties. Some of their films were understandably naive but a number of masterpieces were also produced ?dramas full of sympathy for the underdog, as well as splendid comedies. Above all the actors were excellent and included some of star quality. But the real basis of Czech cinema were the people who conceived and built the Barrandov Studios and brought them to life. And this book deals with them too, as well as about everything that had to be done before the film industry could find a home at Barrandov.
As the Roman I after the title indicates, this is only the first instalment. The next volume entitled Zlat?věkI [The Golden Years] is due to be published in 2004.

Photos:
author’s archive, Barrandov Studios company archive,
National Film Archive and family archives
Ed: Tomáš Vrba, layout: Světla Kořánov?/font>

365 pp., 325 x 240 mm'
Burstbound with dust cover

Gallery price: 1195,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 1673,- CZK

Out of Stock

   

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When the Comet Hits Us

 

When the Comet Hits Us
From the history of talking machines

Various authors

(ČJ, AJ)

Catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name dealing with the design of sound-reproduction equipment, and specifically to do with the history of the gramophone: boxes for needles, labels and various advertising materials. Like the exhibition, the catalogue also includes works of modern art illustrating the beginnings of sound recording and modern popular music, as well as everyday life in the “jazz age?of the first half of the 20th century. The team of authors comprises the art historians Josef Kroutvor and Marie Bergmanov? the collectors and initiators of the exhibition Gabriel Gössel and Wilfried Sator, together with Jaroslav Kořán and the director of the Úst?nad Labem Municipal Archive, Vladimír Kaiser.

ISBN 80-86010-70-8,
Pb, 221 x 220 mm, 91 pp.,

Gallery price 120,- CZK
Recommended retail price: 200,- CZK

   

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Facing History

Facing History / The evolution
of Czech and German relations
in the Czech provinces, 1848-1948


Zdeněk Bene? Drahomír Jančík, Jan Kuklík, jr., Eduard Kub? Václav Kural, Robert Kvaček, Václav Pavlíček, Jiří Pešek, Ren?Petráš, Zdeněk Radvanovsk?(and a team of authors), Radovan Suchánek


The book, the second enlarged and corrected edition of which is currently offered in bookstores, presents a perspective to the current research of the Czech-German relations in the 19th and 20th century to broad public. Renowned historians and lawyers track social, economic, legal and political aspects of the relations between Czechs and Germans, their co-operation and mutual confrontation in eight chapters of the book.
The book edited by Zdeněk Bene?and Václav Kural is accompanied by basic documentation including the so-called Bene?decrees, illustrations and bibliography.

ISBN 80-86010-60-0, 304 pages
hard binding, 235x135 mm

Gallery price 144,- CZK
Recommended price 240,-
CZK
2nd edition.

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Vademecum Vademecum

Modern Arts in Bohemia and Moravia 1890-1938

Antonín Dufek, Iva Janákov? Ludmila Kybalov? Milena Lamarov? Pavla Pečinkov? Hana Rousov? Pavel Šopák

 The book is designed as a spectacular picture guide providing a basic overview of the main schools and personalities of the Czech modernism. It is designated not only for professionals but mainly for a broad reading public with the aim to offer basic orientation in the issue. Although it may seem there is a inexhaustible number of picture publications, guides and lexicons available on the today’s market, there has not actually been a single brief and comprehensible overview corresponding to the current status of knowledge available to the broad public which would maintain the quality on the professional level. 

The art of the first half of the 20th century represents traditional values of our culture and its general knowledge should be a part of standard education.

“Vademecum? graphically designed by Miroslav Kloss, should represent an attempt to compile a fine art “primer? its concept combines the lexicographic principle with a chronological compendium. The first part of the publication offers a complex view of the development of the Czech art of the first half of the 20th century /painting, sculpture, architecture, graphics, photography/ depicting the most important schools and movements as well as expressive solitaires in the context of a generally described development of the European arts. The second part of the book is designed as a “picture lexicon?where readers can find more specific information regarding the most important personalities mentioned in the overview. 2 ?4 pages are reserved for individual artists including basic biographical data, work characteristics and reproductions of the most important pieces of work. A glossary of technical terms is attached at the end of the book.

ISBN: 80-86010-63-5, 424 pages, 645 reproductions,
hard binding with a jacket, 285 x 215 mm, 

Gallery price 889,40 CZK
Recommended sales price 1499,-
CZK

 

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Tomáš Winter

A big monographic catalogue published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Stone Bell House (Dům U Kamenného zvonu) in Prague highlights the unmistakable character of František Tichý’s work in the context of the Czech visual arts. T. Winter, the author of the main text, presents Tichý’s distinctive approach to modernism with a swing towards older stylistic methods by means of an rich visual documentation. The additional texts of Vlasta Koubsk?and Polana Bregantov?remind of Tichý’s stage projects and illustration work. The monograph is accompanied by an extensive listing of oil paintings, stage designs, illustration work, biographies and bibliographies. Graphic design: Světla Kořánov?/font>

ISBN: 80-86010-57-0, 270 pages, 267 reproductions,
hard binding with a jacket, 284 x 240 mm

Gallery price 774,- CZK
Recommended sales price 1290,-
CZK

 

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Rudolf Battěk As the Little Red Riding Hood
Rudolf Battěk

(CZ)

As one of the leading dissidents of the years 1968-1989, the author was imprisoned for the first time in 1969 and he spent nine years in prison altogether. The first synoptic edition of Battěk’s letters from prison represents a valuable testimony of the so-called normalisation period in Czechoslovakia. Battěk ponders on the essence of the world, human existence, ethical issues, his main interest is focused on the meaning of life which, in his opinion, consists of a process of striving for spiritual values. In his letters, Battěk shows himself not only as a philosopher, but also as a poet and writer. Thanks to a number of aphorisms, bon mots a humorous moments, some parts of the letters from prison bring entertaining reading, despite the context in which they were written.

ISBN 80-86010-63-5, 293 pages,
hard back with cover, 235 x 160 mm

Gallery price 231,- CZK
Recommended price 385,-
CZK

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Czech Socialist Realism 1948─1958
Tereza Petiškov?/font>

The catalogue is published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name organised by Galerie Rudolfinum. Within her project the author of both the exhibition and the catalogue has focused on the official work of mainly Czech painters in the 1950s. In that period the Czechoslovak culture struggled through a complicated metamorphosis under a strong pressure of the nearby empire and a consistent supervision of ideologists. An analysis of the period historical conditions that made most of the cultural community shift towards left and often even embrace ideas of schematic vulgar Marxism, attached theoretical texts from the first half of the 1950s and full-page colour reproductions of pieces of art make this catalogue an important contribution to the issue. The author of the graphic design is Martin Balcar. The hindsight of fifty years allowed the author to deal with the tragic period of the Czech culture without bias and with documentary objectiveness. 

ISBN: 80-86010-61-9,101 pages, 105 reproductions,
unbound, 274 x 239 mm

Gallery price 222,- CZK
Recommended sales price
370,- CZK

 

Bedřich Hoser, Antonín Zápotock?br> in the Sea, the 1950s
gouache, pasteboard, 32 x 45 cm
Museum of Labour Movement, Prague

František Bílek, Construction of Slapy Dam, 1958
oil, canvas, 122 x 140 cm
Museum of Labour Movement, Prague

    

Collective Čumpelík, Scho? Čermákov? 
Expressions of Thanks and Love to You, the early 1950s
oil, canvas, 202 x 145 cm
Czech Army Historical Institute, Prague

 

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My husband, sculptor Karel Hladík
Věra Hladíkov?/font>

This publication is not a traditional monograph although it impeccably maps Hladík’s sculptural work that broke up tragically in 1967. The book was compiled and almost 350 reproductions were accompanied by erudite footnotes by the artist’s wife Věra Hladíkov? During seven years of work on the book she succeeded in sorting extensive valuable factual information, photographs and unique memories of her husband’s friends and students, including a vivid memoir of Hladík’s sister Františka. The book includes also the artist’s key attitudes, reflections and bibliographies. The whole publication graphically designed by Michal Cihlář, who is en passant Hladík’s nephew, presents the sculptor and professor of the Prague’s Academy not only as a sensitive man but especially as a grand creative persona of the Czech modern sculpture. The book is published in the year in which Hladík would celebrate his 90th birthday. 

ISBN:80-86010-56-2, 221 pages, 250 reproductions, 
hard binding with a jacket, 284 x 240 mm

Gallery price 209,- CZK
Recommended sales price 349,-
CZK

 

Relief, 1963
coloured plaster, 75 x 55 cm

Cathedral, 1963-1965
resin, h. 140 cm

   

Globe, 1966
bronze, h. 18 cm

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Milena Klasov?nbsp;

This monographic publication dedicated to the lifelong oeuvre of Stanislav Libensk?and Jaroslava Brychtov? traces the two artists?broad interests and interprets the innovating nature and authenticity of their work that spanned five decades and was connected with the development of three artistic generations.The introductory study was written by Jiří Šetlík. The main text by Milena Klasov?includes a chronological list of the two artists?works, a list of the exhibitions, symposia and conferences they took part in, and an extensive bibliography.As in the case of Czech Glass the ambitious typographical design of the book is the work of Rostislav Vaněk.

The book received first prize in the competition
"The Most Beautiful Book of the Year 2002"
The Excellent Design 2003
of the Design centrum of the Czech Republic

ISBN:80-86010-54-6, 280 pages, 
hard binding with a jacket, 300 x 310 mm

Gallery Price 1857,- CZK
Recommended sales price 2600,-
CZK

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