Place: Trade Fair Palace
Exhibition – Selected Works / Veletržní Palace, First floor, South Wing
Project concept: Marie Klimešová, Adriena Primusová, Helena Musilová
Exhibition curator: Helena Musilová
Collaboration: Jaroslav Bárta (including installation and graphic design)
Partner: Nakladatelství JB Publishing House
Artwork 1955-1969 / COLOURS OF DISQUIET
The nineteen-sixties in Czechoslovakia marked a progressive period in the social and cultural spheres. The fine arts provided an important impetus for the then-forming open-minded society. After 1989, many artists returned to the official art scene, and a critical assessment of the past periods was begun. A number of authoritative monographs appeared that were devoted to key figures of post-war art, such as Stanislav Kolíbal, the Válová sisters, Karel Malich and others. The evaluation of the work by artists who stood at the margins of the main current or who for some reason (emigration, death) did not appear in the country during the nineties began to lag behind – a situation that is only slowly being rectified. And yet there are a number of very interesting artists who, in various ways, helped to constitute the pluralist character of art in those days.
Rudolf Volráb (1933-1969) is one such artist who has not yet been given due attention, although in his work of the late fifties and early sixties he arrived at a distinctive treatment of form and colour. The exhibition that is currently under preparation is intended to set Volráb's work into a wider Czech and world context, as it is specifically his creative output that resonates with early echoes of American Pop Art. The exhibition will introduce about sixty works (drawings, paintings, art objects, and reconstructions of his no longer extant installations). The exhibition will be complemented by a monograph that will be quite unusual in appearance.