The book devoted to Czech Cubism guides readers through the individual thematic sections of the exhibition on display in the House at the Black Madonna – Prague’s first building in the Cubist style. The key themes – including “The Group of Fine Artists”, “The Cubist interior and furniture design” and “The oblique plane and the crystal”, to name a few – explore relationships between the fine arts, architecture and interior design.
The essays are complemented by reproductions illustrating furniture, ceramics, glass and metal objects, ornamental tapestry patterns, posters and prints from the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno and the National Museum. The integration of the fine and applied arts in the Cubist period is documented through paintings and sculptures on loan from the National Gallery in Prague, the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen and a private collection. The foremost figures of Czech Cubism, among them Josef Gočár, Vlastislav Hofman, Pavel Janák, Otto Gutfreund, Emil Filla, Josef Čapek, Bohumil Kubišta, Václav Špála and others, are briefly introduced in “Profiles of artists and theoreticians”. The “Timeline” presents the main events of the second decade of the 20th century that formed a backdrop to the artistic milieu of the Cubists, their fans and their critics.