Adolf Born A Unique World

29. 4. - 30. 7. 2017

“For in art is one more step towards creating one’s own magical world. An unrepeatable world filled with secrecy, extracts of dreams, maybe a little bit of hidden terror – with a continuous presence of something unidentifiable, which awakens our senses.”

 

The art of Adolf Born (1930 until 2016) became a permanent component of Czech visual culture. Its communicability and intensity, which already interconnects several generations, may be comparable perhaps only with the art of Josef Lada. Throughout his fruitful life, Born created thousands of items using various artistic disciplines. He became famous in the field of book illustrations, animated movies, cartoon humour, graphic art or drawings, but also for his stage designs or costume designs. Jiří Kotalík, long-time director of the National Gallery in Prague, wrote: “He’s a painter and cartoonist of distinctive ideas and visions. He’s a caricaturist with a sense for exaggerated grotesque and stinging wit, yet always with genuine level of human understanding. He is an illustrator, who is able to create his own interpretation of nature and plot of literary works of the past and present.”

 

The large exhibition of Adolf Born’s work at Museum Kampa vastly differs from the usual manner in which the art of this unique artist was presented in the past. Its focal point is a cross-section of his art. The beginning of the exhibition presents a rare set of lithographs from the sixties, which had never been exhibited in its entirety. Adolf Born experimented with expression, composition, applied simple sign, drawn acronym, or raw playfulness in these works. A unique feat is a collection of pastels and watercolours documenting the imagination of the artist, as well as his precise, yet courageous work with colour and light. Also of interest is a series of Indian ink drawings of his travels capturing his specific “Born-like” humour of the atmosphere of the places which he visited during his wanderings. The exhibition also presents Born’s original book illustrations (including the stories of Mach and Šebestová (Max and Sally), or poems by Christian Morgenstern), and a projection of animated films that collected many awards, both domestic and foreign. A unique world, which is well worth a visit.

 

Petr Volf

 

Josef Hampl

4. 3. – 23. 4. 2017

Photos: Hana Hamplová

 

JOSEF HAMPL A LOOK BACK

Josef Hampl was born on April 17, 1932, in Prague. He studied privately at the School of Decorative Arts in Prague under Professor Jan Masák between 1955 and 1960. From 1967 until 1990, Hampl worked as an expert instructor in the graphic ateliers of professors Vojtěch Tittelbach, Jiří John and Ladislav Čepelák at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He lives and works in Hrušov near Mladá Boleslav. Since 1964, Hampl presents his art at solo exhibitions and his works are included in prominent collections at home and abroad. Josef Hampl’s work was always based on graphic media, be it collages, drawings, installations or events. Essential for the artist were his friendships with the nonconformist artist Vladimír Boudník, the writer Bohumil Hrabal and the poet Jiří Kolář. The active graphic art and Art Informel paintings of the end of the fifties and beginning of the sixties were gradually replaced by very clean, clear and rational geometry and rasters. He extensively explored the possibilities of collages sewn together with paper clips, which were created from carbon paper, invitations to exhibitions, or with the living material of wasp nests. In the seventies, in reaction to the boredom and immobility of the time, he creates several events in nature with white organdie*, together with the photographer Hana Hamplová. Since the eighties, Hampl creates very characteristic hanging machine sewn drawings-collages, which are in a state of continuous transformation. * Documentary photographs are exhibited in the Small Gallery in the main building of Museum Kampa until April 26.
Curator of exhibiton: Martina Vítková




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