59 UMĚNÍ, SPLÍN A SMÍCH TVÁŘÍ V TVÁŘ ABSURDITĚ
ART(ists) FACING ABSURDITY
ALŠOVA JIHOČESKÁ GALERIE
EXHIBITION GRAPHICS + VISUAL CAMPAIGN

South Bohemian Gallery presents an exhibition of Czech art of the generation born in the years 1939–1953. This generation entered culture at the time of normalization. Art from this period was often the result of deep civilizational and cultural, social and political contradictions overlooked and banned or condemned by the official institutions of the communist regime. At the same time, the generation born in the era of Hitler‘s and Stalin‘s tyranny was facing the difficult tasks of art restitution after the collapse of humanity during the fascism, the Holocaust and the dictatorship of the proletariat. Over 100 events and works of art from more than thirty artists of Czech origin demonstrate the efforts of presented generation to restore the value of the natural world, which has become a world of absurdity. Designed in collaboration with Karel Štědrý.

05/2021

Curator Prof. Tomáš Vlček
@ Alšova jihočeská galerie
30. 5. – 3. 10. 2021

58 JAN KUBÍČEK
KRESBY A KOLÁŽE (DRAWINGS AND COLLAGES)
EXHIBITION CATALOG

The first book comprehensively mapping the drawing works of Jan Kubíček that have not yet been presented to the public. Jan Kubíček (1927–2013) was one of several leading Czech artists of constructivism and abstract geometry, whose significance extended beyond the borders. Although he is known primarily as a painter, drawings have a full-fledged part in his work as a painter, illustrator and photographer throughout his life. Text by Jiří Machalický. Designed in collaboration with Karel Štědrý.

12/2020

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2020 Shortlist
☺ Fedrigoni Top Award 2022 Finalist

# 176 pages, 240 × 320 mm, swiss binding, BUY

57 1989
NATIONAL GALLERY IN PRAGUE
EXHIBITION CATALOG

How did photographers reflect the year of 1989 in Czechoslovakia? This exhibition catalog commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. It also seeks to examine 1989, a turning point in many respects, from the distance of the three decades that have passed. It was critical for both Czech society at large and photography in particular. It marked 150 years since the discovery of the medium, and probably without photographers suspecting this, it was the final year they would spend working in the institutional framework they had been used to for years. The lives of many changed radically after the revolution, as they could now enjoy the freedoms, engage in business, hold exhibitions and create freely. The very medium of photography dissolved in a syncretism of new approaches and shortly afterwards also underwent a transformation of its technological foundations.

11/2019

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2019 Shortlist

# 152 pages, 210 × 270 mm, swiss binding, BUY

56 1989
NATIONAL GALLERY PRAGUE
EXHIBITION GRAPHICS + VISUAL CAMPAIGN

Exhibition graphics and visuals for the National Gallery's exhibition 1989 at the Trade Fair Palace in Prague. This exhibition was organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution as part of the project Havel na Hrad! (Havel to the Castle!). Architect Zbyněk Baladrán.

11/2019

Curator Tomáš Pospěch
@ National Gallery Prague
15. 11. – 16. 2. 2020

55 ALEXANDR SKALICKÝ
THE DESCENT OF THE WHITE LINE
CONCEPTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1980s

Alexandr Skalický (*1932) is part of a small group of photographers who responded to the influences of conceptual art that seeped into the former Czechoslovakia from the West in the 1980s. With the Iron Curtain isolating it from the rest of world, the local environment interpreted everything coming from the outside through the lens of its own experience. This fact, together with the art photography concept dominating Czechoslovak photography at the time, created a constellation that gave rise to a unique oeuvre that provides an account of not only the artist and his work, but also of life under communism and of the thought and operating mechanisms in place in Czechoslovak photography. This book was conceived and written by Jiří Pátek, the curator of the Photography and New Media Collection at the Moravian Gallery in Brno.

04/2022

# 152 pages, 170 × 240 mm, swiss binding, BUY

54 DITA PEPE & BARBORA BARONOVÁ
INTIMITA (INTIMACY)
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

The book Intimita (Intimacy) is comprised of 6 literary adaptations and photography interpretations of open confessions and life stories by 6 women. It attempts to open an important personal and social issues and taboos – physical handicaps, depression, prostitution, cancer, dying.

09/2015

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2015 - 2nd Place
☺ Les Rencontres ARLES The 2016 Book Awards
☺ 28th Brno Biennial of Graphic Design 2018: International Exhibition

text book 362 pages + 6 photobooks (40 pages each), 170 × 240 mm, sleeve, BUY

53 MY NAME IS HUNGRY BUFFALO
BOOK

Jan calls himself Buffalo. He loves cowboys, he’s blind, and may lose his hearing. This book follows his journey to America to visit the medicine man of the Navajo tribe, who wants to perform a ritual to help his hearing. The book includes authentical drawings by the medicine man of the Navajo tribe Blackhorse + photographic series by Roman Franc from Shiprock in New Mexico. Photography © Roman Franc.

12/2016

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2016 Shortlist

# 80 pages, 210 × 253 mm, swiss binding, Braille emboss, bookmark attached, BUY

52 DITA PEPE & BARBORA BARONOVÁ
SLEČNY (THE MISSES)

The book slečny (The Misses) is comprised of eight literary adaptations of open confessions of unmarried women in the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia, ranging from 1920’s to the present. The resulting book is a combination of documentary work, journalism, sociological research, creative writing, historical, political and economic reflections, gender subjects, art and photographs.

06/2012

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2012 - 3rd Place
☺ Art Books Wanted International Awards 2013

# 346 pages, 148 × 210 mm, edge coloring, cover/jacket debossed, BUY

51 MY NAME IS HUNGRY BUFFALO
POSTER

Poster design for the documentary movie My Name Is Hungry Buffalo about Jan who calls himself Buffalo. He loves cowboys, he’s blind, and may lose his hearing. This movie follows his journey to America to visit the chief of the Navajo tribe, who wants to perform a ritual to help his hearing. Photography © Roman Franc.

11/2016

50 KAREL NOVÁK
PŘIROZENĚ (NATURALLY)
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

For Karel Novák photographing nudity as a living phenomenon in the environment of naturist communities, to which he has belonged for decades, is completely natural. Not only are his photographs a record of the beauty of the naked body moving about freely in nature, but they also create a dialogue with the outside world which has a difficult time understanding the ideals of naturism because it lacks that basic, authentic experience.

10/2015

☺ The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2015 - 2nd Place

# 144 pages, 245 × 325 mm, cardboard wrap, BUY