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.
The book has been published by Museu Valencià de la il-lustració i de la Modernitat-MuVIM in collaboration with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, to accompany the exhibition of the same name held in MuVIM, Valencia from March 4th to May 2nd, 2010.
exhibition concept: Jiří Fronek
texts: Helena Brožková, Jiří Fronek, Konstantina Hlaváčková, Daniela Karasová, Helena Koenigsmarková, Marie Míčová, Petra Matějovičová, Jiří Nimrichter, Michal Stříbrný, Eva Uchalová, Lucie Vlčková
graphic design: Štěpán Malovec
format: 27.5 x 20.5 cm, soft cover
Information on price, selling and distribution in Spain: www.muvim.es)