Mysterious Distances

Mysterious Distances Symbolism in Czech Lands 1880–1914

6 November 2014 – 22 February 2015
Museum of Modern Art | Triple Nave

Bílek, Švabinský, Hlaváček, Mucha, Preisler, Zrzavý, Váchal – this is just a fragment of the major figures of Czech art whose work you can see at the exhibition which will, through an exceptionally large collection, present a specific part of the art scene influenced by symbolism. The date of the exhibition is notionally framed by the opening of the National Theatre and the beginning of World War I. Symbolism will be presented in chronologically arranged sections, from the initial phase of the 1970´s and 1980´s which is associated with the reassessment of the romantic vision of the world based on contemporary social events, to the outreach of symbolism in the works of early avant-garde representatives, particularly the works of expressionists and cubists. The exhibition will be presented by Arbor Vitae and the Museum of Art in Olomouc.

Photo Gallery
Jaroslav Panuška

Prtikolo, 1908-1910, private collection

Josef Mandl

Allegory of Spring, before 1900, private collection

Emil Holárek

Artists dream, about 1900, private collection

Josef Váchal

The Opium Smoker, 1910, US PNP, Praha

Jakub Schikaneder

Autumn Glow, after 1900, Kodl Gallery, Prague

Alfons Mucha

Mount of St. Adalbert, 1892, private collection, Foto: Ota Palán

August Brömse

Widow, 1910, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, Foto: Wolfram Schmidt

Jan Zrzavý

The Valley of Sorrow, 1908, National Gallery in Prague

Karel Hlaváček

Faun, 1897, US PNP, Praha

Jan Konůpek

Prometheida, 1910, private collection, Foto: Harvard Haugerud

Maxmilián Pirner (1854–1924)

Nymph’s Funeral, 1888, Olomouc Museum of Art

Jaroslav Panuška (1872–1958)

Scaffold1910–1911, private collection

Jaroslav Špillar (1869–1917)

The Water Goblin in the Winter, 1899, West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen

Viktor Oliva (1861–1928)

The Absinthe Drinker (Poet and Muse), c.1910, Zlatá Husa Gallery, Prague

Quido Kocián (1874–1928)

Šárka, 1897, Gallery of Sculptures at Hořice

Jan Preisler (1872–1918)

Spring (triptych), 1900, West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen

František Kupka (1871–1957)

Wawe, 1903, Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava

Tavík František Šimon (1877–1942)

Composition (Love), 1900, Gallery of Modern Art Roudnice nad Labem

František Bílek (1872–1941)

Our Father…, c.1890, private collection, Photo: Ota Palán

Beneš Knüpfer (1844–1910)

Lying naiads and triton, 80 years of the 19th century, private collection, Photo: Markéta Ondrušková


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