Aviatica in Czech visual culture
Flying, flight, aeronautics, sky and space conquering have a rich history, but also countless pictorial forms and meanings. The exhibition will show the projection of the phenomenon of aviation into Czech visual culture between 1783 (the first takeoff of the balloon) and 1957 (the launch of the first spacecraft). The exhibition does not map the history of flying, it focuses on the essential symbols and themes in modern painting - from paintings and sculptures to book illustrations, posters or film and their social meanings. Themes referring to poetics, dreaming, flying, but also the progress or end of civilization dominate here. Aviation has brought a different understanding and mapping of the landscape, whose new perspectives extend to a wide range of images. Film documents from aviation events, book covers of period magazines, humorous and adventurous illustrations, posters for CSA communicate similar content in different visual forms. Iconic works of Czech modern art - such as paintings by Jindřich Štyrský, Josef Čapek, Kamil Lhoták, Bohumír Matal or modern sculptural allegories by Jan Štursa and Zdeněk Pešánek - can resonate in themes for the first time in contrast to a purely popular period painting. The intervention of contemporary artists proves that aviation dreaming and thinking born in the last hundred years are still artistically relevant. The exhibition will be a new elaboration of the project, which took place in a different form in the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen in 2021.
basic fee 40 CZK