An exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution has just got underway at Prague’s Municipal House. Called Nezlomní, or The Steadfast, it showcases the work, but also personal diaries and correspondence, of 30 artists, active between the years 1919 and 1989, including Jindřich Štyrský, Toyen and Karel Nepraš. It also highlights their joint inspiration by the writings of Franz Kafka.
A painting by Mikuláš Medek, one of the leading Czech modernist painters, sold for 46 million crowns at an auction in Prague on Thursday. The oil on canvas, called Action I (Egg), has become the artist’s most expensive work of art ever sold at an auction. Bidding for painting started at eight million crowns.
A work by Czech painter František Kupka, a pioneer of the abstraction
movement and master of symbolism, sold at auction on Sunday for 78 million
The painting, entitled Plochy příčné II (Diagonal Surfaces II), had been in a private collection. The auction house catalogue had estimated the sale price at 40-60 million crowns.
Auctioneers say the painting is a pure example of geometric abstraction and among his most important works, a counterpart of which is in the Czech National Gallery collection in Prague.
The buyer's identity unknown. Kupka's paintings have been the most expensive to be auctioned in Prague for several years now.
A rediscovered painting by one of the leading Czech modernist painters, Jan
Zrzavý, has sold for 5.8 million crowns at an auction in Prague on
Saturday. The 1938 oil on canvas, called ‘Landscape in Brittany’, was
part of a private collection and has been hidden from view for several
decades. Bidding for the painting began at 3.8 billion crowns.
So far the most expensive painting by the painter, sold at a Czech auction, is entitled ‘Calvary in Locronan’, auctioned off in 2017 for more than 17 million crowns.
Twin sisters Jitka and Květa Válová, named “Dames of Czech Culture” in memorandum this week, were once described by a Communist zealot as an “ulcer on the red face of Kladno”, the industrial Bohemian city of their birth. They rejected the dominant Socialist Realism aesthetic of the 1950s, preferring more abstract and expressive work, long sealing their pariah status. They responded by turning their shared home and atelier into a salon for free thinkers.
An exhibition of paintings by the renowned Czech painter and graphic artist
František Kupka at the Waldstein Riding School in Prague has been seen by
over 90,000 visitors since it opened in September.
Due to overwhelming interest from the public visiting hours were extended until 10 pm in the last few days of the exhibition. The exhibition closed on Sunday and extending the date further was not possible since it is due to be exhibited in Helsinki, Finland next.
The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery and was also shown in Paris.
An auction at the Kodl art gallery sold items to the tune of 220 million
crowns on Sunday. According to the gallery it was the second most
successful art auction in the history of the Czech Republic.
The item sold for the highest price was a painting by Josef Čapek (Two Men) which was auctioned off for 13.9 million crowns. Another of Čapek’s paintings - Girls Getting Milk –sold for 10. 8 million. Antonín Procházka’s Bouquet in a Pitcher was the only other item to cross the ten million mark.
Paintings by famous pre-war Czech artists, such as Josef Čapek, Jan
Zrzavý and František Kupka, will be auctioned at the Mánes Exhibition
Hall in Prague on October 28.
The auction will include three oil-paintings by Toyen, Jindřich Štyrský and Antonín Procháuka, which come from a collection by Austrian collector Ivo Rotter, and have been exhibited at the National Gallery Belvedere in Vienna on long-term loan.
Among other items on sale will be paintings by Antonín Chitussi and Kamil Lhoták, and a photo by František Drtikol, one of the most important Czech photographers of the 20th century.
An exhibition of work by the major Czech modernist painter František Kupka has just got underway at the National Gallery in Prague. Entitled František Kupka 1871–1957, it is the first retrospective of the artist’s work since the 1989 exhibition in Paris and covers his entire career, from symbolism to abstraction.
A retrospective of work by the major Czech 20th century painter František
Kupka gets underway at Prague’s Waldstein Riding School on Friday.
Entitled František Kupka 1871–1957, the National Gallery exhibition
covers the artist’s entire career.
The chronological show is divided by theme to allow visitors to follow the painter’s path from symbolism to abstraction, of which Kupka was one of the pioneers.