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THE ART OF COMICS AND COMICS IN ART

Czech Centre Prague presents an overview of contemporary Czech comics and the art they influence as part of the KomiksFest! festival.

The THE ART OF COMICS AND COMICS IN ART exhibition was curated by Eva Janáčová and Radim Kopáč. Part of the exhibition is an interactive space prepared by comics artist Karel Jerie. Open November 4 – 26, 2011. FREE ENTRY. 

This exhibition, which presents ten artists (or collaborative partnerships), premiered in autumn 2009 at the Czech Centre in Warsaw and has since then visited six further locations worldwide (Chorzów, Poznań, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Košice and Sofia); the project concludes in the Czech Centre in Prague.  

Comics became a publishing phenomenon in the Czech Republic in the years following 2000. They shed their reputation for being low-grade entertainment and were accepted as a full-fledged category of art, receiving attention from the media, experts and the reading public at large. This change was particularly due to the pioneering work of Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99 (Alois Nebel), Vojtěch Mašek, and Džian Baban (Monstrkabaret Freda Brunolda), Lucie Lomová (Anna chce skočit) and Jiří Grus (Voleman), who employ masterful artistic and literary languages in their treatments of various motifs from modern Czech history and everyday city life.

THE ART OF COMICS AND COMICS IN ART exhibition presents comics and the visual arts at those points where they intersect, interact and overlap., in order to highlight this medium’s diversity and breadth. It presents the work of Martin Velíšek, Michal Machata, Josef Bolf, Karel Jerie, Adol Lachman and Petr Nikl as well as the artists mentioned above. The exhibition does not seek to be comprehensive, rather to showcase the potential of this unique medium.

CURATORS:

Radim Kopáč is an editor and art and literary critic. His articles appear in newspapers (Mf Dnes) and specialist publications (Dějiny a současnost). He has written a number of book-length discussions (with, amongst others, B. Grögerová, J. Kovanda, P. Král and B. Nuska). His most recent publications have been Erotic Vrchlický: The Knight Smil and other Erotica Attributed to Jaroslav Vrchlický (with J. Schwarz, 2011), Meteor of Desire: Eroticism in the Works of Zbyněk Havlíček, Jana Krejcarová and Egon Bondy (2011) and Sexual inclinations alright? Erotica in Culture, Culture in Erotica (in a Czech context after 1989) (with J. Schwarz, 2011). Since 2010 he has worked for the Ministry for Culture of the Czech Republic and is the editor of the Živel periodical.

Eva Janáčová graduated in art history and religious studies. Apart from her art history-related activities she works as a curator, writes artistic reviews and gives lectures. Her articles are published in newspapers (Literární noviny) and the specialist press (Religio, Nový Orient etc.). She specialises in the history of Jewish and Israeli artistic culture. She is the recipient of a number of research grants, collaborates on a professional level mainly with the Arts Faculty of Charles University and FAMU in Prague. As a curator, she most recently prepared the Lola Beer Ebner – The First Lady of Israeli Fashion (Olomouc, 2010), Origin, Place, Region: The Conception of Space in the Works of Czech-Israeli Photographers (Prague, 2011), Tomáš Ungár – Israeli Poet and Photographer (Olomouc, 2011). She has prepared a travelling exhibition project Mirroring - A Contemporary Czech Self-Portrait. She has divided her time between Prague and Jerusalem over the last three years.  

Participating artists: Josef Bolf, Jiří Grus, Karel Jerie, Adolf Lachman, Lucie Lomová, Michal Machat, Vojtěch Mašek / Džian Baban, Petr Nikl,  Jaromír 99 / Jaroslav Rudiš, Martin Velíšek.

MORE INFORMATION 

Radka Labendz
Czech Centre Prague
T: 777 055 040
E: labendz@czech.cz