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.
The book was published by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague in collaboration with Arbor Vitae to accompany the exhibition held in the Museum from the 27th of November 2008 to March 15, 2009. The German edition will be issued in collaboration with the Grassi Museum in Spring 2011.
authors of the concept, editor: Jiří Fronek
texts: UPM curators, Vendula Hnídková and Michael Třeštík
graphic design: Štěpán Malovec
edition: Czech, German
format: 28 x 21 cm, hard cover
ISBN: UPM: 978—8071-081—4
ISBN: Arbor vitae: 978—80-87164—12-9
price: 840,- CZK (in the Museum Shop)
The Czech edition is out of stock. For German version see Artěl 1908–1935. Tschechischer Kubismus im Alltag (published 2011)
The volume has beeb on sale in these bookshops in Prague 1:
- K.A.V.K.A., Krocínova ulice 5 (www.kavkaartbooks.com/cs)
- Judith Tower (Club for Old Prague), Mostecká 1.