Artwork of month
Jan Kotík Against the War ("To None But the People"), 1952

Jan Kotík
Against the War ("To None But the People"), 1952

dry needle, paper
165 x 213 mm

in exposition 
From the collections
Masaryk Square 24

Jan Kotík (1916, Turnov – 2022, Berlin) does not need to be introduced either as the son of the painter Pravoslav Kotík, or as a painter, graphic artist and industrial designer, or as a founding member of Group 42, editor of Tvar articles, enthusiastically interested in Eastern philosophy, emigrant , who worked as an external docent at West German universities, or as a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, an important representative of 20th century Czech fine art. His works are part of the collections of a number of Czech and international galleries. Among the world's, let's name, for example, the National Gallery in Stockholm, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, USA).

February 2024

In the Jihlava gallery, Jan Kotík exhibited in 1965, at a time when the gallery was laying the foundations for their profile as a regional gallery, one part of which will be devoted to progressive contemporary art. Otakar Máčel participated in the exhibition on behalf of the gallery, the texts for the exhibition and the catalog, and most probably also the concept of the exhibition itself, are the work of art historian Ludmila Vachtová. Correspondence between Jan Kotík and Otakar Máčel, photographs of the exhibition and the accompanying catalog are documented in the OGV archive.