Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
In 1913, Zdeněk Kratochvíl created a caricature called Lessons in Cubism. The drawing was intended for Umělecký měsíčník (Art Monthly), a magazine published by Skupina výtvarných umělců (The Group of Fine Artists) that played a crucial role in the development of Cubism in the Czech lands. The sketch parodied not only the conservative critical reviews of this art movement that radically changed the visual representation of reality, but Cubism itself. These two aspects appear more frequently where Cubism is related to caricature. Exemplified by Czech works, Lesson in Cubism examines how artists specializing in humoristic illustrations and satirical drawings responded to both real and fictitious Cubist works. The exhibition also explores the ways modern caricature was used in the search for new art forms. Moreover, portrait caricatures of the Group’s members are shown, as well as satirical drawings and caricatures produced by the Czech Cubists themselves. The artists include Emil Filla, Adolf Hoffmeister, Zdeněk Kratochvíl, František Muzika, Antonín Procházka, Josef Lada and Hugo Boettinger. The exhibition is accompanied by an interactive programme.

The Exhibiton is divided into seven parts.

Exhibition concept: Tomáš Winter

The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, in partnership with the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Czech Literature.

House at the Black Madonna

Ovocný trh 19, Praha 1


Karel Vavřina
Views of Prague once the Cubists begin renovating Prague’s historic landmarks, 1914
Ink on pasteboard
Museum of Czech Literature, Prague
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Josef Sudek: The...) 24th Summer...) Sonja Bullaty &...) Lessons in...) Zdeněk Voženílek:...) Czech Cubism) The Historic...) Masterpieces from...) Huť František v...)