Pioneers and Robots is the title of a new book focusing on the golden era of Czechoslovak illustration, which was recently released by the Paseka publishing house. Written by two graphic artists, the book offers an in-depth account of the development of visual arts in Czechoslovakia after the Communist takeover in 1948.
In this week’s Arts, our guest is up-and-coming Czech artist Jindřich Janíček, recent graduate of UPMRUM (Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design), co-founder of the small independent publishing house Take Take Take, and co-author of K večeru spustil se déšť (The Rain Started at Dusk). The book, which Janíček illustrated, is based on diaries kept by his great-grandfather Štepán Zadražil, who served in the Austrian army in WWI and deserted in Russia.
Dozens paid their last respects to designer and illustrator Adolf Born at Prague’s Strašnice crematorium on Friday. He died at the age of 85 on Sunday. Some of the mourners dressed up in traditional costumes from the end of the Hapsburg era. Born, was a great admirer of the Austro-Hungarian empire which preceded the creation of the independent Czechoslovakia in 1918. The ceremony ended with a rendition of Born’s favourite Radetsky March by Johann Strauss senior. Born was the illustrator of hundreds of childrens’ books enjoyed by four generation of Czechs.
Painter, illustrator, animator, and caricaturist, Adolf Born has died in Prague at the age of 85. The news was released by his daughter Erika. Born was known for his humorous and grotesque caricatures and illustrations. He won many prizes, including the caricaturist of the year award at the 1974 Montreal World Fair. He illustrated more than 250 books. He also turned his hand to animated films and was best known for the Mach and Šebestová cartoon series. He was awarded a prize for his lifetime work at the Anifilm festival in 2013.
Illustrator Petr Horáček was born in Prague, but he is much better known in England, where he settled with his British wife and where he started to produce books for children. To this day, Petr Horáček has released over two dozen books for the prestigious Walker Books publishing house, winning a number of awards.
The tropical island of Zanzibar is the setting of a beautiful new children’s book just released by Labyrint/Raketa. Called Zanzibar jako vyšitý, the book of poems and stories is the work of first-time children’s author Radka Dráčková (on maternity leave from her job in film distribution). The text is exceptional and the illustrations enchanting; they are not drawn but meticulously crafted from fabric.
An exhibition in Opava, called In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes has focussed on how, in the 20th century Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective was depicted and in some cases misrepresented or even parodied in the Czech lands. The show, covering book illustration but also theatre and film, was put together by art historian Tomáš Kolich.
Last year, Czech-British artist Míla Fürstová made international headlines for her design of the cover of Coldplay’s newest album, Ghost Stories – an etching of an angel’s wing over starry waters. Recently, the artist opened a new exhibition in the Czech Republic and was interviewed by Radio Prague’s editor-in-chief, Mirek Krupička. In Part 2 of our 2 part interview, he began by asking about Míla’s start in Great Britain.
Last year, Czech-British artist Míla Fürstová made international headlines for her design of the cover of Coldplay’s newest album, Ghost Stories – an etching of an angel’s wing over starry waters. Recently, the artist opened a new exhibition in the Czech Republic and was interviewed by Radio Prague’s editor-in-chief, Mirek Krupička. He began by asking when she last exhibited in Prague.