Behind the Scenes
The presentation portrays the best of a broad spectrum of works which often contradict each other in ideas and styles, and which have been included in the Olomouc Museum of Art’s collections and permanent exposition of 20 th century art in the Central European context. In addition to the basic directions and trends in Czech modern art of that period they also include artworks by artists in exile as well as prominent Polish, Hungarian, and Slovak artists.
This selection has an ambition to give a worthy overview of the most important artistic tendencies after the end of WWII up to the end of the 20th century. The exposition is introduced with examples of work from distinguished solitaires of the 1950s or authors who resumed the ideas of the pre-war avant-garde.
We continue with post-war abstraction, works connected with various forms of lyrical and structural abstraction. Next, examples of varied forms of lettrism and neo-constructivism dominate among many antagonistic tendencies of the 1960s which contrast with paintings and sculptures of the so called new figuration, namely Czech grotesque and later existential figuration of the 1970s and 1980s. The exposition concludes with conceptual and post-modern manifestations whose influences had a clear impact on art in the last decade.
Dóra Maurer, Endre Tót, Victor Vasarely, Milan Dobeš, Sándor Pinczehelyi, Ludmila Padrtová, Magdalena Abakanowicz