text and concept by Vladimír Prokop
monograph (in Czech)
An extensive illustrated
full-colour monograph issued
Layout by Světla Kořánov?
599, 40 CZK
text and concept by Vladimír Prokop
katalog (in Czech)
of the exhibition of the same name organised by the Gallery Company
in cooperation with the Administration
Layout by Světla Kořánov?
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.
237 x 262 mm,
Price not given
The Libe? Gasholder
Lenka Bydžovsk? Karel Srp
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?
Vít Havránek, Vladislav
Merhaut, Martin Pila? Zdenek Primus, Jan Rous, Jiří Valoch
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.
320 x 300 mm,
Out of Stock
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.
240 x 300 mm,
price: 599,50 CZK
Jana Orlíkov? Miroslava Hlaváčkov?/strong>
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?
230 x 210 mm,
Out of Stock
Roman Prahl, Marie Rakušanov?
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.
280 x 230 mm,
Out of Stock
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.
290 x 230 mm,
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.
365 pp., 325 x 240 mm'
price: 1195,- CZK
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When the Comet Hits Us
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.
price 120,- CZK
History / The evolution
ISBN 80-86010-60-0, 304 pages
Gallery price 144,-
Modern Arts in Bohemia and Moravia 1890-1938
Dufek, Iva Janákov? Ludmila Kybalov? Milena Lamarov? Pavla Pečinkov?
Hana Rousov? Pavel Šopák
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.
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
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.
80-86010-63-5, 424 pages, 645 reproductions,
price 889,40 CZK
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>
80-86010-57-0, 270 pages, 267 reproductions,
price 774,- CZK
| As the
Little Red Riding Hood
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,
Gallery price 231,- CZK
Socialist Realism 1948─1958
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.
80-86010-61-9,101 pages, 105 reproductions,
price 222,- CZK
husband, sculptor Karel Hladík
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.
221 pages, 250 reproductions,
price 209,- CZK
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.
book received first prize in the competition
Price 1857,- CZK