100 Percent Glass. Glassmaking School in Železný Brod 1920—2010)
In 2010, the glass school in Železný Brod celebrates its 90th anniversary. On this occasion, it has prepared in partnership with the Museum a publication abounding in lively colours, shapes and glass fantasy. Contemporary works created by the school’s students are shown in interaction with outstanding creations from the early years of the institution’s existence, designed by its instructors Alois Metelák, Jaroslav Brychta, Oldřich Žák, Ladislav Přenosil, Zdeněk Juna, and others. It features an extensive and variegated collection of glass vases, dishes, figurines, jewellery and objects executed in every imaginable technique that blends exquisite craftsmanship with inventive creativity. The publication traces the school‘s path toward the world recognition of Czech modern glass, ranging from Art Deco to the latest artistic concepts realized in this noble material. Furthermore, it indicates that the future of Czech glassmaking as a treasured national heirloom rests not only in the preservation of its tradition, but above all in the further enhancement of the internationally unique system of specialized glass education and training.
The book was issued by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague in collaboration with the High School of Applied Art for Glassmaking in Železný Brod to accompany the exhibition held in the Museum from June 17th to September 19th, 2010. Antonín Kybal)
The main purpose of the book accompanying the exhibition is to provide a basic overview of the greatly varied oeuvre of Antonín Kybal – an accomplished personality in the field of Czech interior textile design and innovator of 20th-century textile design. His creative pursuits and later activities as educator elevated these conservative and declining crafts to an art form in its own right that accorded with the modernist idiom. He imbued the art of textile with a distinctive creative idiom derived from the material’s natural properties, thus liberating it from its previous imitative dependence on the predominant fields of visual culture. The publication examines the individual areas of Kybal’s work, including those overlooked until now (such as his early stage as painter). Artěl 1908–1935)
Tsjechisch kubisme in het dagelijks leven / Czech Cubism in Daily Life
The booklet was published by Design museum Gent in collaboration with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, to accompany the exhibition of the same name, held in Gent from October 28, 2009 through February 7, 2010. Artěl 1908–1935. Tschechischer Kubismus im Alltag)
The German language publication explores one of the most outstanding institutions specializing in Czech applied arts and design during the first half of the 20th century. A variety of wares and designs bearing the prestigious Artěl trademark (ranging in style from late Art Nouveau, through Cubism, to Art Deco) is presented in several sections. Founded in Prague in 1908, Artěl associated prominent figures of the Czech art scene. Initially, it focused on designing and manufacturing "minor art for everyday use" — small functional and decorative items made of wood, ceramic, metal and other materials. Over the years, it extended its activities to include comprehensive designs of interior spaces, both private homes and commercial interiors. An array of diverse views and trends emerged throughout Artěl’s existence, yet all invariably pursued a common goal: to introduce a modern aesthetic outlook into the field of applied arts and to help cultivate household design and the lifestyles of the residents. True in the past and today, Artěl takes its rightful place in Europe’s modern art and design movement, alongside the artistically-inspiring Wiener Werkstätte in Austria and the Bauhaus in Germany. Artěl. Art d’ús diari/Arte de uso diario 1908–1935)
The Catalan-Spanish language publication explores one of the most outstanding institutions specializing in Czech applied arts and design during the first half of the 20th century. A variety of wares and designs bearing the prestigious Artěl trademark (ranging in style from late Art Nouveau, through Cubism, to Art Deco) is presented in several sections. Founded in Prague in 1908, Artěl associated prominent figures of the Czech art scene. Initially, the association focused on designing and manufacturing "minor art for everyday use" – small functional and decorative items made of wood, ceramic, metal and other materials. Over the years, it extended its activities to include comprehensive designs of interior spaces, both private homes and commercial interiors. An array of diverse views and trends emerged throughout Artěl’s existence, yet all invariably pursued a common goal: to introduce a modern aesthetic outlook into the field of applied arts and to help cultivate household design and the lifestyles of the residents. True in the past and today, Artěl takes its rightful place in Europe’s modern art and design movement, alongside the artistically-inspiring Wiener Werkstätte in Austria and the Bauhaus in Germany. Artěl. Umění pro všední den 1908–1935 (Artěl. Art for Everyday Use 1908–1935))
The Czech language publication explores one of the most outstanding institutions specializing in Czech applied arts and design during the first half of the 20th century. A variety of wares and designs bearing the prestigious Artěl trademark (ranging in style from late Art Nouveau, through Cubism, to Art Deco) is presented in several sections. Founded in Prague in 1908, Artěl associated prominent figures of the Czech art scene. Initially, the association focused on designing and manufacturing "minor art for everyday use" — small functional and decorative items made of wood, ceramic, metal and other materials. Over the years, it extended its activities to include comprehensive designs of interior spaces, both private homes and commercial interiors. An array of diverse views and trends emerged throughout Artěl’s existence, yet all invariably pursued a common goal: to introduce a modern aesthetic outlook into the field of applied arts and to help cultivate household design and the lifestyles of the residents. True in the past and today, Artěl takes its rightful place in Europe’s modern art and design movement, alongside the artistically-inspiring Wiener Werkstätte in Austria and the Bauhaus in Germany. 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. Biedermeier: Art and Culture in the Bohemian Lands 1814–1848. Exhibition Guide)
Biedermeier – the lifestyle as well as artistic style of the first half of the nineteenth century – was created by aristocracy and wealthy bourgeoisie, and gradually affected all strata of society. In the spirit of emerging civil society it was professing the ideals of practicality and simplicity, discovering the charm of everyday objects and pleasures as well as the beauty of nature and natural materials. Characteristic features of Biedermeier – the restrained elegance and straightforwardness – echoed the general modernisation of society and had come to embody the foreshadowing of modern design. Biedermeier: Art and Culture in the Bohemian Lands 1814—1848)
The publication contains an overview of fine and applied arts of Biedermeier era in the Bohemian Lands presented from a viewpoint of current debate about the nature of this specific artistic and ideological trend. The first part is comprised of thematic essays that concentrate on varied spheres of art production of the period as well as its social and ideological roots. Special attention is devoted to cabinetmaking art, Bohemian glass and porcelain, fashion, as well as painting and graphic arts. The second, catalogue section, includes over 800 colour reproductions of exhibits and most of the entries are accompanied by a short annotation. This part is divided into several portions that follow the theme of home, elegant simplicity of the new style, inspiration by urban life as well as the cult of nature and natural materials.
The book has been published by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and Gallery, Ltd, in August 2010.
Biedermeier: The Art and Culture in the Central Europe 1815-1848)
Biedermeier: Arte E Cultura Nella Mitteleuropa 1815–1848
Art et culture dans L'empire austro-hongrois, 1815-1848
This book sets out to investigate the wealth of the artistic production that developed in Central Europe (Austria and Bohemia in particular) in the first half of the 19th century, when Biedermeier appeared as an original attempt to give rise to a "universal" stylistic expression. Its simplicity of line, rigorous and simple although not lacking in elegance and refinement, the appearance of the first craft productions based on standard models and its unquestionable modernity all make Biedermeier the first example of design, the undisputed point of breakdown between Classicism and Modernism. Indeed, it is considered on the most fascinating genres of the 19th century.
The volume offers a 360° view of Central European production using more than 300 objects of extraordinary originality, quality and workmanship from the National Gallery and Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts of Prague and from major Bohemian museums.
Paintings, furnishings, sculptures, drawings, graphic works, artistic craftsmanship, jewels, ceramics and glassware that decorated the homes of gentry and bourgeois, miniatures, daguerreotypes... Remarkable pieces such as the refined lady's desk, designed and constructed in the workshop of the most important creator of Biedermeier furniture, the Viennese Josef Danhauser (1780–1829), and a beautiful lyre-shaped secrétaire with walnut veneer and musical motif carvings that overcome the ostentation of Empire style. Buquoy Glass in Bohemia)
The publication was issued in cooperation with the Museum of Southern Bohemia in České Budějovice and Passauer Glasmuseum to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, October 2001 – February 2002. Clock and Watches from the Collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague)
The horology collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is one of the largest and most varied in the Czech Republic in terms of kind as well as artistic design. It shows changes in time-keeping in particular from the point of view of artistic treatment of clock cases, while documenting the development of the clock mechanism. Clocks and Watches in the Collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague)
The collection of clocks and watches shows changes in time-keeping in particular from the point of view of artistic treatment of clock cases, while documenting the development of the clock mechanism. The horology collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is one of the largest and most varied in the Czech Republic in terms of kind as well as artistic design. Whereas the National Technical Museum specializes in the mechanical aspect of clocks, the Museum of Decorative Arts focuses on artistically shaped and decorated items. CubiCZmus! Die Dekonstruktion der Moderne in Prag)
The English-German catalogue published to accompany the exhibition at the Postsparkasse in Vienna explores the period between 1910 and 1920 - an era of early and mature stages of Czech Cubism represented by the most noted proponents of this style, architects and artists P. Janák, J. Gočár, V. Hofman, J. Chochol, O. Novotný, A. Procházka, J. V. Kroha, and others. The publication traces the roots of Cubism after 1900 in connection with Vienna Modernism (Geometric Secession) and discusses the collaboration of architects with Czech artists associated in the Group of Fine Artists, and their involvement in the activities carried out by the Artěl Cooperative, the Prague Art Workshops and the Union of Czech Artwork. It analyzes the art movement’s theoretical considerations and their practical application in various fields of creativity, including furniture-making, interior decoration, ceramics, glass, metalwork and graphic art. Currently under preparation: Eva Eisler)
The second book from the library edition Design – Profiles – Key Figures will be published in collaboration with the Arbor vitae Publishers.
texts: Petra Matějovičová
graphic design: Štěpán Malovec
format: 24,5 x 21 cm, soft cover
ISBN (UPM): 978-80-7101-136-1
ISBN (Arbor vitae): 978-80-7467-055-8 Czech Fashion 1780–1870: For Salons and Promenade)
The publication was issued by the OLYMPIA publishing house in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Czech Fashion 1940–1970: Mirror of the Times)
The publication was issued by the OLYMPIA publishing house in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague to accompany the exhibition held in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, December 2000 – February 2001. 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. Czech Photography of the 20th Century)
The best photography book published in Central and Eastern Europe in 2009-2010 competition, 1st Prize in the category Historical Photography
The most comprehensive book on Czech Photography examines the individual movements and tendencies in photography throughout the 20th century. These include early-century styles (Pictorialism, documentary and reportage photography), modern photographic trends of the twenties, Surrealist experimentation and Poetism, postwar reportage and documentary photography, art photography and its various offshoots (The Happening, Land Art, Conceptual Art and Body Art), to staged and portrait photography of the late 20th century.
Almost two hundred photographers have been selected, among them Josef Sudek, František Drtikol, Jaromír Funke, Jaroslav Rössler, Karel Hájek, Václav Jírů, Vilém Reichmann, Jan Reich, Jan Saudek, Josef Koudelka, and others. The reproductions of images lent from Czech and foreign collections offer a complex overview of 20th-century photography in the Bohemian Lands. Czech Photography of the 20th Century – Guide)
It is a comprehensive presentation of the main trends, personalities, and works of Czech photography from 1901 to 2000. Not wanting to show merely works by the most important photographers such as F. Drtikol, J. Sudek, J. Rössler, J. Funke, J. Štyrský, J. Koudelka, J. Svoboda, J. Saudek, J. Štreit, and A. Kratochvíl, the authors have sought to document various creative trends also with photographs by lesser known and sometimes even totally forgotten photographers. Czech Posters between the Wars: 1918–1938)
Illustrated posters in the Czech Lands, as in all of Europe, began in the mid-19th century, thanks to advances in printing technology, in particular lithography. The latter half of the 1890s, up until 1900, marked the peak of "postermania" in the Czech Lands, and in Central Europe as a whole. The twenty years between World Wars I and II may be viewed as the poster’s second golden age. The posters in this catalogue present various aspects of life in interwar Prague, the capital city and natural center of the new, confident state. Some of them are by well-known artists; the others, however, are the work of little-known names.
The catalogue was issued by the Museum in cooperation with the Czech Center New York to accompany the exhibition in the Czech Center New York, May – June, 2001. Daniel a Ignác Preisslerové – barokní malíři skla a porcelánu)
The Czech language book with English a German summaries presents an exceptional body of works decorated with a specific type of painting on glass and porcelain. Usually, these works have mainly been attributed to Ignaz Preissler (1676–1741), but most recently his father Daniel (1636–1733) has also been recognized. Both artists were active in the town of Kunštát (Kronstadt) in eastern Bohemia. The publication includes a catalogue of the objects housed in museums and private collections in the Czech Republic, together with reproductions of outstanding pieces kept in foreign collections. This is the first book to offer a comprehensive look at the noteworthy (and at times controversially interpreted) collection. DESING - PROFILES - KEY FIGURES)
New Edition Series
of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
and the Arbor Vitae publishing house Družstevní práce: Sutnar - Sudek)
Schönste Bücher aus alles Welt – Stiftung Buchkunst Frankfurt am Main
The book examines the famous era of Družstevní práce, a period when Ladislav Sutnar, one of the founders of modern typography and a versatile art designer, was engaged as the publishing house's art director and Josef Sudek as its advertisement photographer. Fabric of Fashion)
The publication on contemporary textile design and fashion from the Great Britain was issued in cooperation with the British Council to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, February – April, 2002. 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.
Etapy života a fotografického díla (The Stages of Life and Photographic Work)
/ Secese – Art deco – Abstrakce / 1, 2 (Art Nouveau – Art Deco – Abstraction / 1, 2)
The Honorably Mention - Awards for The Best Photography Books Published in Eastern Europe in 2013-2014.
The text of this two-volume monograph on the photographic work of František Drtikol was written by the art historian Anna Fárová (1928–2010). The book is the most comprehensive survey of the essential aspects of Drtikol’s oeuvre. The picture material was drawn mainly from the holdings of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague that houses the world’s largest collection of Drtikol’s photographs, and from several outstanding private collections. Most photographs were printed true to size owing to the format of the book and the use of the Heidelberg frequency-modulated Satin Screening method.
This book was published by the Svět publishing house in collaboration with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. František Drtikol: Photographs 1901–1914)
The exhibition catalogue reveals an unknown side of one of the best known Czech photographers. Portraits, ladscapes and scenes from the old town of Prague represent the artist´s early period, marked by the close connections between photography and symbolism. By highlighting the period between 1901 and 1914, when photography went hand in hand with painting, it wishes to display the work of a photographer who can be regarded as a pronounced pictorialist.
The publication was issued by the Kant publishing house in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and Neumann Foundation, Gingins (Switzerland), to accompany the exhibition held at the Neumann Foundation in 1999 and in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, March – June, 2000. František Drtikol: Photographs from the Years 1918–1935)
The publication was issued to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, March – June, 2004. From Neuwelt to the Whole World / 300 Years of Harrach Glass)
The Harrach Glassworks in Neuwelt (Nový Svět) in the Krkonoše Mountains ranks among the most accomplished companies that have had a determining influence on the world renown of Czech glassmaking. The first authoritative monograph on this oldest existing glassworks in Bohemia summarizes the findings of the decade-plus archival research and classification of glass collections in Czech and foreign museums. The volume features essays and selected examples of the Harrach glassworks’ output, accompanied by a rich body of illustrations. The book provides a detailed history of Harrach glass, starting with products fashioned in the Baroque style, through its highly varied output in the Biedermeier and Historicism styles, followed by distinctive Art Nouveau forms, and the glassworks’ attempts to adapt its products to the Art Deco and Functionalist styles, all the way to innovative approaches to glass design after 1945, and ending with contemporary glass. Gallery and Museum Education 2)
Art and Culture in School Context/Learning from Art
Educational programs of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
and the Galerie Rudolfinum in 2012 and 2013
The book introduces a set of educational programs realized at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (UPM) and the Galerie Rudolfinum (GR) in 2012 and the first half of 2013. It builds on the previous volume titled One’s Own Path to Art: Educational programmes of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and Galerie Rudolfinum in 2011. The educational programs were created as part of the pedagogical action research carried out by a team of specialists from the Department of Art Education of the Pedagogical Faculty, Charles University in Prague and are herein framed by essays on the theoretical background of and current trends in the area of gallery and museum education. Also included are reflections from a wider group of research participants.
Individual chapters focus on and elaborate pedagogical approaches to educational programming designed for specific exhibitions. Educational programs comprised eight projects carried out at the museum, the gallery and at schools participating in the research project. Glamour. Women's Formal and Evening Wear 1950–2010)
The book presents a selection of formal clothing of Czech and foreign provenance, made from 1950 up to the present. The introductory text to its picture supplement examines the overall evolution of formal and evening wear after World War II abroad. It also discusses the specific situation in the field in Czechoslovakia, with an emphasis on fashion clothes created by top Czech designers over the past two decades. Glass and Light - 150 Years of the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Kamenický Šenov)
The publication was prepared in collaboration with the Secondary Schoold of Glassmaking in Kamenický Šenov to accompany the exhibition held in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, 15. 6. – 17. 9. 2006, and in the Design Centre of the Czech Republic, Prague, 15. 6. – 16. 8. 2006. Glass Link Stockholm – Praha)
The publication is featuring the most remarkable works of Swedish art glass of the 20th century from such renowned glassoworks as Orrefors and Kosta, as well as unique art glass objects created in the studios of noted Swedish glass artists. Sweden and the Czech lands have been linked through a long-lasting tradition of collaboration and mutual inspiration in the fields of applied and studio art glass. The book also centres on documenting various joint trends in the manufacture of glass during the 20th century. In Search of Glass/Hledání skla)
In recent years a new strong generation of professional glass artists has emerged almost imperceptibly, which in an original way develops the famous tradition of Czech artistic glass. The exhibition to an unprecedented extent features works of 25 youngest representatives of glass art with their creative quest for a new artistic expression and technological possibilities of this sublime material. The exhibition, which takes place within the 2011 Prague Glass Festival, actively responds to the space of the permanent display of the Museum of Decorative Arts – it revives it and provides the exhibited works with unexpected connections. 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. Jindřich Štyrský. On the Needles of These Days. Fotografie 1934–1935)
In the 1920s, Jindřich Štyrský (1899–1942) was one of the foremost members of the avant-garde art union Devětsil. For several years, he lived in Paris with the artist Toyen. After returning to Prague, he worked for the Liberated Theatre and published the Erotic Revue and Edition 69. In 1934, together with a number of his friends, he co-founded the Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia. His photographic series A Man with Blinkers, Frog Man (both 1934) and A Paris Afternoon (1935) capture what are seemingly banal themes from everyday life. Many of the pictures show old, damaged, decaying items. “For him... reality becomes a tormenting and cruel phantom...” (Karel Teige). Josef Sudek: Prag panoramique / Prague Panoramic)
Panoramic image became Josef Sudek’s natural means of capturing the world around him. It is this particular facet of his artistic legacy that is viewed today as his most impressive one. In 1959, they were published in Praha panoramatická (Prague Panoramas, Prague 1959), which is as one of the landmarks of world photography. Originally, the author had intended to create a large cycle of images capturing especially the city’s periphery, the slums on the edge of town. Although he was intrigued by “regal Prague“ with its innumerable historical places and monuments, in his heart he was drawn to the outskirts of the metropolis, where rows of derelict houses inhabited by workers, as well as factory courtyards, meshed with the dust-ridden countryside. Ladislav Sutnar v textech (Mental Vitamins))
Published by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and Kant 2011.
editor: Iva Knobloch
texts: Iva Knobloch, Ladislav Sutnar
edition: Czech, original texts by L. Sutnar in English
English translation: Kateřina Pietrasová
graphic design: Radim Peško
format: 31 x 20 cm, soft cover
price: 690,- CZK
Order (cash on delivery): email@example.com
The volume is on sale in the K.A.V.K.A. bookshop, Krocínova ulice 5, Prague 1 (www.kavkaartbooks.com/cs).
Ladislav Sutnar: Americké Venuše / US Venus)
The Czech-American designer Ladislav Sutnar [1897—1976] created many internationally-acclaimed design icons. At the age of 65, he delved into painting. The book traces Sutnar’s artwork produced in the United States and the unique artistic career of Sutnar as a painter. Sutnar called these works Venus and exhibited them under the label Joy-Art. In this art manifesto, he formulated his concept of art for the 21st century – as vigorous, humanistic and joyful. His geometric figures rendered in contrasting colours reflect American painting of the time, namely Pop Art. Ladislav Sutnar: Praha–New York–Design in Action)
The publication was issued by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague in cooperation with the Argo publishing house to accompany the exhibition held at the Prague Castle, June – September, 2003. Landscape / Image / Photography)
The landscape, the crossing-point between man and nature, has been a key theme in visual culture since the start of the 19the century. Its image becomes the projection area for the esthetic, philosophical and ideological reference and metaphor of the human relationships to the world. Landscape painting, whose boom characterizes the development of creative art in the 19th century, brings to the world of images the ever more urgent real landscape, but at the same time, it constitutes the rigid stereotypes with image clichés. The clichés are at first primarily accepted even by landscape photography, which complements this scheme with the material perfection of technical depiction. For landscape painting, photography becomes not only a helpful and amply-utilized aid, but mainly a relevant counterpart that reminds of the very task of artistic depiction. Thanks to photography, landscape painting emancipates from the dictate of being bound to topography and discovers its own new schemes.
The publication illustrates this development of the confrontation of the representative works of essential authors of Czech landscape photography and landscape painting of the 19the century and beginning of the 20th century: Jindřich Eckert, Antonín Mánes, František Drtikol, Jakub Schikaneder, Karel Maria Chotek, Antonín Slavíček and others. Masterpieces of Glass from the Collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague)
The publication includes more then 200 objects of European glassmaking from antiquity to the interwar period.
Published by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague in collaboration with Shanghai Youxiang Art Exhibitions and Exchange Developmnet Co., Ltd. to accompany the exhibition held in the Hunan Provincial Museum, Changsha (20 June – 14 September, 2014), Inner Mongolia Museum, Hohhot (26 September – 14 December, 2014), Beijing Art Museum (6 January – 15 March, 2015), Henan Museum, Zhengzhou (27 March – 14 June, 2015), and Liaoning Provincial Museum, Shenyang (7 July – 7 October, 2015). Matchbox)
Abounding in Matchbox models, this booklet documents a pastime that was enjoyed by several generations of children and adults. Lesney Products, a British manufacturing company, produced miniature models of cars from the late 1940s. What made its products unique were their matchbox size, model/box combination and low price. The Matchbox 1–75 series was soon followed by further product lines that innovated and varied the vehicles’ designs (Superfasts, Major Packs, King Size) and, last but not least, the vintage Models of Yesteryear range made as adults’ collectibles. During the sixties and seventies in Czechoslovakia Matchbox models came as a revelation. They were admired for their extraordinary precision that copied the originals, as well as for their functionality, bright colours and durable materials. These were qualities lacking in other toys and even in many real cars produced in the Eastern Bloc. During the era of Real Socialism, the magical label “Made in England” came to be a symbol of the unattainable West. Matchbox models were not only a popular iconic children’s toy, but also became an adults’ collectible. Metalmorphoses: Tradition and Innovation in British Silver and Metalwork)
It follows the history of silversmithing and metalwork in Britain from the 19th century´s attempt to combat the decline in the quality of silverware. It comprises for example some of the most radical designs by Christopehr Dresser for simple, functional, electroplated vessels made by Dixon and Sons. They have endured due to the modernity of their shapes as well as the visionary conviction of their designer that a good quality product shoud be affordable. Metamorphosis of Fibre: Personalities of Czech Lace during the Second Half of the 20th Century)
The conception of lace began to radically change in the late 1950´s. It completely departed from its traditional function and became a three-dimensional monumental piece. The innovative, artistically independent approach towards lace, connected with perfect knowledge of clasic techniques, had encouraged a rich creation of three generations of female artists. Their contribution to the development in the world has been proven many times by the receipt of awards at international exhibitions - the firs award at Expo in Brussels 1958, later Expo in Montreal 1967 and to a number of awards form the International Lace Biennial in Brussels. Now the artists are being sought a new approach to lace only with difficulties. Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague – Guide)
A Guide to the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Decorative Arts called "The Stories of Materials" beginning with The Story of Fibre: the textiles and fashion hall, and continues with Time Machines: the clocks and watches hall, The Fire Arts: the glass and ceramics hall, Print and Picture: the hall of graphic design and photography, and The Treasury: the hall of metals and various other materials. There is also information about branches of the Museum, its permanent exhibitions in Prague and elsewhere, and exhibitions in chateaux. Museum shop closed as of January 11, 2015) Návraty paměti)
Deponáty židovského majetku v Uměleckoprůmyslovém museu v Praze
(Memories Returned: Jewish property at the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague)
The publication “Memories Returned” traces the history of deposits in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, which had originally belonged to persons whose identity has been revealed.
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. Neoclassicism and Biedermeier from the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein)
The catalogue explores art treasures of the Neoclassical and Biedermeier eras from the rich collections of Hans-Adam II, the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein. Superb portrait, landscape and genre paintings by noted Viennese artists — Heinrich Füger, Friedrich von Amerling, Peter Fendi and Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller — attest to the role of the Princely Family as a leading patron, commissioner and collector of the arts. More than 300 works are included — paintings, sculpture, unique collections of Viennese hand-painted porcelain, architectural plans and furniture. The publication also focuses on the former Liechtenstein estates in Moravia. Vedute, water-colour paintings of interiors and furniture, especially from the Liechtensteins’ country seats at Valtice and Lednice, provide an in-depth look at the lifestyle of this aristocratic family.
The book was published by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and the Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna, to accompany the exhibition held in the Waldstein Riding Hall in Prague, May 6 — October 17, 2010.
Never before Seen in Prague)
The publication was issued by the Municipal House in Prague in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts to accompany the exhibition held in the Municipal House, September 2005 – January 2006. 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. Outside and Inside. Man-Made Fibres and Clothing from the Mid-Twentieth)
The book examines fashion and clothing as the outcome of a long process founded on scientific and practical disciplines of human activity, crowned by the fashion designer’s creative ideas. It explores materials made from man-made fibres, whose production was stimulated by the rapid development of the textile, clothing and chemical industries after World War II. Man-made fibre manufacturing is discussed in context with technological and industrial progress, social relations, environment protection and other fields, including health care and medicine. The subject is richly illustrated with images of garments from the museum’s collections and unique microphotos of fibres.
This book has been published by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague in collaboration with Arbor vitae publishers to accompany the exhibition held in the Museum from October 2, 2014 to January 11, 2015. P. Rada! Paráda!)
Pravoslav Rada: Art Ceramics -
The booklet presents examples of the playful and highly original work of Pravoslav Rada – a classic of Czech ceramic art. It also includes a card game illustrating selected sculptures of animals and mythical and human figures that brought the artist fame. Besides photographs from the family archive, the publication features reproductions of images of Rada’s sculptures installed in public spaces, many of which he created in collaboration with his wife Jindřiška. Rada’s work is endowed with wit, humorous exaggeration and irony, as well as a certain detachment and pensive wisdom. Padova: The City and Its Museums)
The publication was issued to accompany the exhibition prepared by Villaggio Globale Int., Mogliano Veneto and Musei Civici di Padova held in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, November 1999 – February 2000. Prague art nouveau, métamorphoses d´un style)
The catalogue was issued by Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon.to accompany the exhibition held on the occasion of Europalia 98 in Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruselles, October 1998 – January 1999. Prague Fashion Houses, 1900–48)
In carefully researched articles and splendid photographs, this publication charts out the history of the most important Prague fashion houses, including those of Hanna Podolská, Oldřich Rosenbaum, Arnoštka Roubíčková, and František Bárta, to illustrate and explain the development of the Czech fashion industry from about 1900 to 1948. It traces the development of tailoring and dressmaking, their change from a craft to an applied art, the expansion of international fashion, and the transformation of tailors and dressmakers into artists and merchants. The publication also relates the extraordinary lives of the owners of these fashion houses against the background of historic events. Přírůstky sbírek Uměleckoprůmyslového musea v Praze v letech 1992–2002 (Museum of Decorative Arts in)
The publication was issued to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, December 2003 – February 2004. Schloss Klösterle an der Eger: Führer durch die Porzellanaustellung aus der Sammlung des Kunstgewerb)
Klášterec n. Ohří Chateau – guide to the permanent exhibition of porcelain from the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. It presents to the readers development of porcelain in the Bohemian Lands, including examples of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Shapes and Spaces: The Collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague)
The publication was issued by the Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Lisboa in the cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague to accompany the exhibition in the Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, Lisboa, Autumn 2005. Sheila Hicks: Minimes)
Sheila Hicks is one of the leading personalities in the history of art who have significantly influenced the field’s development in the second half of the twentieth century. The uniqueness of her works does not consist merely in a free and inventive relationship to traditional textile techniques. In addition to works of often monumental dimensions or purely conceptual character, Sheila Hicks has always pursued experimental weaving of small objects – “minimes” – on a small portable loom. Signum Design: Czech Design 1980–1999)
The publication was issued to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, June – October, 1999. Spanish Art Handicraft from 1550 to 1650)
The publication was issued to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, June – October 1997. The History of Modern Furniture Design)
The richly illustrated monograph tells the story of modern furniture produced from the first half of the 19th century – the Biedermeier period – to the late 20th century. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the modern history of furniture in the Czech lands against the backdrop of significant developments in the field worldwide, including one-of-a-kind designer furniture. Particular attention is devoted to the most distinguished artists-designers, as well as the fates of furniture manufacturers and institutions. The volume examines the art-historical aspects of furniture manufacturing, sources of inspiration, types of materials and technological aspects. Profiles of eminent Czech and international furniture designers form an important part of the publication. The book also serves as a catalogue accompanying the permanent exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century furniture intended for study purposes, housed in the chateau in Kamenice nad Lipou in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. The Language of Fibers – The Moravian Tapestry Manufactory in Valašské Meziříčí 1898–1938)
The publication offers a new look at the beginnings of production in the Moravian Tapestry Manufactory, one that contextualizes the age, artistic trends and cultural relations of the early twentieth century. The names of the architects and designers discussed in the book (Jan Kotěra, Dušan Jurkovič, Hanuš Schweiger, among others) suggest that this is not merely a historical account of and isolated tapestry establishment, but rather an enriching insight into Czech textile art created between 1898 and 1938. The Nude in Czech Photography)
The publication was issued by the Kant publishing house in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague to accompany the exhibition held at the Prague Castle, December 2000 – February 2001. The Poster in Europe / Europe in Posters)
The majority of posters date from the turn of the 20th century, when the decorative style known as Sezession in Vienna, Art Nouveau in Paris and Western Europe, and Jugendstil in Germany was at the height of popularity. The works reproduced were created not only in such cultural centres as Paris and Vienna, but also in various cities throughout Belgium, Germany and Italy. The second part is devoted to modernist art produced in the 1920s and early 1930s in France, Holland, Germany and Hungary. Thematically, the publication includes exhibition announcements, entertainment advertisements, tourist flyers and ads for newly emerging products of “mass consumption“, as well as for somewhat curious objects. The Radiance of Stillness and Motion: Bohemian Glass from the Collection of the Museum of Decorative)
Glass production began in Bohemia (an area corresponding roughly to the Czech Republic today) in the thirteenth century. Bohemian crystal developed in the latter half of the seventeenth century. Its shapes, which suggested carved rock crystal, became highly popular, even dislodging Venetian glass from its once-dominant position. In the early nineteenth century, research on ways to add colors and painted decorations led to the development of increasingly colorful glass. In contemporary glass art, Bohemian glass is the world leader in glass sculpture. This book includes about 170 examples from 600 years of Bohemian glass from the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Treasures of Egypt: Textiles from the Czech and Moravian Collections)
The publication was issued to accompany the exhibition held under the auspices of UNESCO at the Prague Castle, April – August, 2000. Tschechische Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts)
The German language book of Vladimír Birgus and Jan Mlčoch examines the individual movements and tendencies in photography throughout the 20th century. These include early-century styles (Pictorialism, documentary and reportage photography), modern photographic trends of the twenties, Surrealist experimentation and Poetism, postwar reportage and documentary photography, art photography and its various offshoots (The Happening, Land Art, Conceptual Art and Body Art), to staged and portrait photography of the late 20th century. Almost two hundred photographers have been selected, among them Josef Sudek, František Drtikol, Jaromír Funke, Jaroslav Rössler, Karel Hájek, Václav Jírů, Vilém Reichmann, Jan Reich, Jan Saudek, Josef Koudelka, and others. The reproductions of images lent from Czech and foreign collections offer a complex overview of 20th-century photography in the Bohemian lands. Two Phenomena of European Glass: Venetian and Bohemian Glass)
Glassmaking is an age-old craft that spread from the ancient empires of the Middle East via Greece and the Roman Empire to the West. However, only two places on the map of Europe mastered the secret of glass manufacture, grasping its every detail and enhancing it to unprecedented heights of beauty admired to this day: Venice, Italy, or, more precisely, the Island of Murano, and Bohemia in Central Europe. Two heirs of the ancient techniques that both locations developed in the modern times with the decorative principles of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Una ventana en Praga. Josef Sudek. Fotografías de los aňos cincuenta (A Window in Prague. Josef Sude)
The Spanish-language exhibition catalogue features photographs of Prague created by Josef Sudek in the 1950s, particularly his "Night" images. The nightscapes are accompanied by panoramas of the historical centre, glimpses of the city’s everyday life, shots taken from the artist’s studio, and still-life photographs. A folding leaflet with a foreword to the exhibition and a list of exhibits is appended to the catalogue. Une rose pour Josef Sudek)
The catalogue was issued to accompany the exhibition held on the occasion of Europalia 98 in Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi (Belgium), October – December, 1998. Vidrio Español del Museo de Artes Decorativas in Praga)
The catalogue was issued by the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio and Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte (Spain) in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague to accompany the exhibition in the Real Fábrica de Cristales de la Grancha, May 2002 – January 2003. Vital Art Nouveau 1900)
from the Collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
The publication is devoted to key works of the Czech and European Art Nouveau style from the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. It examines decorative art of the Art Nouveau period as part of the ground-breaking modernization and emancipation trends of the Fin de siècle that brought changes in interior and fashion design, introduced new forms and styles in glass and ceramics, and gave rise to a modern visual language in advertising. Art Nouveau art sought inspiration in biology and social reform theories, life philosophies and studies of occult sciences. All these components made up a remarkably vital art movement that invigorated 20th-century avant-garde art. Vojtěch Preissig)
The first book from the library edition Design – Profiles – Key Figures
The work of Vojtěch Preissig (1873–1944), one of the most accomplished Czech graphic artists of the first half of the 20th century, encompasses a broad range of fields and types of graphic design and decorative art, beginning with occasional prints (posters, invitation cards, announcements, New Year cards, bookplates), followed by book and magazine illustrations, ornamental designs and patterns (universal vignettes, decorative borders, flyleafs), all the way to typography. Against the backdrop of Preissig’s extraordinary life marked by turning points in history, the book describes the artist’s most important creative stages that brought him specific assignments, offered various opportunities and determined his artistic orientation: namely, his art studies in Paris, his own studio’s art projects, move to the United States, involvement in the First Resistance Movement, teaching career at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, graphic work for US printing and publishing companies, collaboration with the State Printing House in Prague, return to Czechoslovakia and engagement in the Second Resistance Movement. Vojtěch Preissig: For the Republic!)
Vojtěch Preissig, a prominent Czech artist of the early 20th century, devoted his art and craftsmanship in graphic design to courageous service to his nation. He designed number of posters, brochures, leaflets, prints, designs and printing plates during the first and second resistance. The core of the collection consists of a number of legionary recruitment posters, exceptional in the world in terms of their artistic qualities, impressiveness and sophisticated expression. Preissig made in his workplace at Wentworth Institute in Boston also posters for the American army and other printed materials as well as designs of the Czechoslovak flag.