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[Temporarily closed from Feb.29– ] Curatorial Studies 13: Laboratory of Czech Book Design 1920s-1930s
From the collection of Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka

2020.03.04 wed. - 05.10 sun.

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Like architecture and crafts, Czech design was regarded as an applied art. This mentality owed much to Devětsil (1920-1931), an association of artists founded in 1920. Karel Teige played a leading role, and its members were artists of many fields including architects and photographers. Notably, Czech avant-garde artists belonging to the group formulated a movement called “Poetism” that espoused an “art of life,” and forged connections between art and life. In the 1920s and 1930s Czech designers interacted with French and German artists and derived inspiration from them, while exerting a significant influence on Czech lifestyle and culture, especially through the field of book design.

This exhibition, held concurrently with 100 Years of Czech Design, draws from 120 Czech books from the 1920s and 1930s in the collection of the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka and presents an overview of Czech book design with a particular focus on six artists or artistic partnerships. What would it be like to have books like these on your night-table at home? Picture it in your mind as you immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Czech book design.

  • Jaromír Krejcar (ed.), Life II A Collection of New Beauty, 1922 cover design: Feuerstein, Krejcar, Šíma, Teige, typo: Teige Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
    Jaromír Krejcar (ed.), Life II A Collection of New Beauty, 1922
    cover design: Feuerstein, Krejcar, Šíma, Teige, typo: Teige
    Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
  • František Nechvátal, Heat on the palette, 1935 Graphic design: Zd. Rossmann Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
    František Nechvátal, Heat on the palette, 1935
    Graphic design: Zd. Rossmann
    Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
  • K. Čapek, R.U.R., 1946 Cover design: O. MrkvičkaNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
    K. Čapek, R.U.R., 1946
    Cover design: O. Mrkvička
    Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
  • L. Klíma, Glorious Nemesis, 1932 Graphic design: J. ŠtyrskýNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
    L. Klíma, Glorious Nemesis, 1932
    Graphic design: J. Štyrský
    Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
  • G.B. Shaw, Short works II, 1933 trans.: A. Pflanzer and K. Mušek, design: L. Sutnar and title drawing: Zd. KratochvílNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
    G.B. Shaw, Short works II, 1933
    trans.: A. Pflanzer and K. Mušek, design: L. Sutnar and title drawing: Zd. Kratochvíl
    Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka

Exhibition dates 2020.03.04 wed. - 05.10 sun.
*Temporarily closed from Mar. 4–

Hours 9:30AM–5:00PM
*Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30AM–8:00PM
*Admission until 30 min. before closing

Closed Mondays
Exception: May 4

Venue Collection Gallery (4F)

Admission Adult: 430 yen (220 yen)
University students: 130 yen (70 yen)
* Figures in parentheses are a group of 20 or more and Night discount on Fridays/Saturdays after 5 P.M.
* Collection gallery exhibition is available with this ticket.
* High school students and younger, Seniors (65+), admission is free (with valid ID).
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)

Organizer The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Cooperation Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka

Helena Čapková, Associate Professor (non tenure) at Ritsumeikan University Global Liberal Arts Faculty

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