Nov 14, 2013 - Dec 31, 2018

A Century of Relativity I 

Olomouc Museum of Art

Permanent exposition of fine arts of the 20th century

First half of the 20th Century.

The presentation portrays the best of our rich collection of 20th century art. This is, in brief, the basic aim of the new permanent exposition located on two floors of the Modern Art Museum. One exhibition hall would not suffice for a permanent exposition since the Museum’s collections include a broad spectrum of works – often contradicting in ideas and styles of which we can identify as important, or even, without exaggeration, crucial not only for Czech modern and contemporary art.

The introductory part uses selected works to document the echoes of impressionism, and, as a contrast, we exhibit the representatives of the symbolist tendencies of the early 20th century here. The exposition, is however, based on a thorough and rich presentation of modern trends seen from expressionism, cubism, cubo-expressionism up to civilism or, on the contrary, the exotism of the 1920s without forgetting abstraction and surrealism from the turn of 1920s and 1930s. The final chapter is then formed by works of Group 42 and by works reflecting the war apocalypse. We also paid special attention to modern landscape-painting whose most prominent works describe the atmosphere of the time of their origin as well.

Landscape near Červená nad Vltavou, Václav Špála, 1927, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Václav Špála
On the Pond, Václav Radimský, 1903/1904, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Václav Radimský
Girl´s Dream, Jan Preisler, 1906, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Jan Preisler
Red Seven Cabaret, Emil Filla, 1908, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Emil Filla
Sand Miners, Miloš Jiránek, 1910, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Miloš Jiránek
Still Life with a Glove, Zdeněk Sklenář, 1944, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Zdeněk Sklenář
A Bud, Hana Wichterlová, 1932, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Hana Wichterlová
Atonality and its Permeation, František Foltýn, 1929, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
František Foltýn
The Flora of the Sleep, Toyen, 1931, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Toyen
Anxiety, Otto Gutfreund, 1911/1912, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Otto Gutfreund
Man and Woman, Antonín Procházka, 1915, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Antonín Procházka
Portrait of Jan Zrzavý, Bohumil Kubišta, 1912, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Bohumil Kubišta

Second half of the 20th Century.

The second part of the permanent exhibition 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.

The Picture Gallery however, does not house Czech art only; we also strive to include the Czech collection into a broader context in relation to our acquisition efforts related to the Central European Forum Olomouc Project. Therefore, there are examples of exile authors and prominent Polish, Hungarian, and Slovak authors as well.

Picture-Object, Aleš Veselý, 1960/1964, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Aleš Veselý
Space Grid Poem, Jan Wojnar, 1976, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Jan Wojnar
Relief, Hugo Demartini, 1964, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Hugo Demartini
Variable Calligraphy, Dalibor Chatrný, 1969, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Dalibor Chatrný
Black Lines, Zdeněk Sýkora, 1963, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Zdeněk Sýkora
Line no. 56 (Humberto), Zdeněk Sýkora, 1988, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Zdeněk Sýkora
The King’s Head, Jan Kotík, 1959, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Jan Kotík
Commentary on Commercial Textiles (from the Tapestries cycle), Otis Laubert, 1988, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Otis Laubert
12 Seated Figures, Magdalena Abakanowicz, 1974, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Magalena Abakanowicz
Mushroom Harvest, Michael Rittstein, 1987, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Michael Rittstein
Untiteled, Jan Knap, 1984, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Jan Knap
Tones of Clinical Death, František Skála, 1991, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
František Skála
Gilbert & George, Jiří Surůvka, 1999, From the collection of: Olomouc Museum of Art
Jiří Surůvka
Credits: Story

autor expozice / conception — Štěpánka Bieleszová
autor expozice / conception — Ladislav Daněk
odborná spolupráce / cooperation — Barbora Kundračíková

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