Current Exhibitons

Josef Hampl

4. 3. – 23. 4. 2017

Photos: Hana Hamplová



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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