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El espectáculo en Praga 1900–1938) The book was published to accompany an exhibition of posters advertising entertainment in Prague, housed in UPM’s collections, an event that UPM prepared for the MuVIM museum in Valencia. The book traces the history of this type of posters from 1900 to 1930, as Prague gradually changed from a provincial town into a modern, self-confident city and eventually the capital of an independent state. Posters in particular offer a unique testimony to this transformation: lithographic posters became an ubiquitous feature of turn-of-the century Prague’s streets and alleys, which was later than in Paris, London and New York, but almost simultaneously as in the monarchy’s capital Vienna. The posters showcase different forms of entertainment in Prague of those days, including night clubs, various festivals, balls and soirées organized by clubs and civic associations, as well as circus and magic shows and, last but not least, the film industry. With a few exceptions, the era of the pictorial poster ended in 1930 with the onset of the Depression.
Memories Returned) Memories Returned: Jewish property at the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague Návraty paměti: Deponáty židovského majetku v Uměleckoprůmyslovém museu v Praze It was published by Tilia and the Institute for Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Documentation Centre for Property Transfers of Cultural Assets of World War II Victims). The related exhibition was on view in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague from June 27 to September 28, 2009. It was an accompanying event to the Holocaust Era Assets Conference, held from June 26–30, 2009, in Prague and Terezín.
Flowers in the Dustbin - Society and Fashion in Czechoslovakia in the Seventies) A publication by Konstantina Hlaváčková, with an introduction by Pavel Kosatík, recalls the key events of the seventies and their effects on the fashion and lifestyle of the people of the western world and the former Czechoslovakia.
Ornamental Prints / Ornamentstiche / Ornamentální rytiny) The book was prepared by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Kunstbibliothek Berlin and Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien on the occasion of the completion of the international project entitled Ornamental Prints supported by the EU – Culture 2000 programme. These three institutions created on-line database of their ornamental print collections: www.ornamentalprints.eu.
Beastly Show - Cross-polination in the Art of M. Cihlář and V. Richterová) The volume introduces a selection from the artists’ works inspired the animal realm. On 128 pages and in 335 reproductions of animals arranged in alphabetical order according to their names, the authored book prepared by Michal Cihlář (the author of the book concept, graphic design and most of the photographs) documents Cihlář’s applied graphic design and individual prints, as well as Richterová’s sculptures fashioned from traditional as well as new sculptural materials, such as PET bottles.
Czech Glass 1945—1980: Design in an Age of Adversity and Illusion) Through a representative selection of glass, the Czech-language publication presents to the readers a period of turmoil, when art glass gradually extricated itself from its largely utilitarian and decorative functions. In this process, Czech glass designers and artists played a revolutionary role, which left an indelible mark on the world glass movement. The illustrations are mostly examples from the glass collection in the possession of the Steinberg Foundation in Luxembourg.
Japanese Poster – Today. From the DNP Archives of Graphic Design / Japanische Plakate - Heute) The catalogue presents contemporary Japanese posters by more than twenty foremost designers. There are the works of young graphic artists, who entered the scene in the 1980s and 1990s as well as of the earlier “generation of masters”, aligned with the creative pursuits of the famed JAAC – Japan Advertising Artists Club. The distinctive aesthetics of Japanese graphic design has been admired over many decades, winning awards at prestigious international venues. The works of Japanese graphic designers are noted for their resourcefulness, powerful visual expression and extraordinary printing sophistication.