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Jun 16, 2011 6:30 PM - Sep 15, 2011

Home Art

Exhibition of Czech folk design from 1950s to 1980s. Exhibition opening: Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8:30pm

The Czech Center New York will present a selection of the most interesting artifacts from the Home Art collection which are on loan from Domácí umění o.s. in Prague, Czech Republic.

Around 250 objects can be seen from June 16 till September 15, 2011.

Home Art is a phenomenon that arose in the second half of the 20th century incommunist Czechoslovakia. Home Art was made by people with no art education and with ambition not reaching beyond the intent of creating a piece of art simply for their and their family’s joy. These artifacts decorated the interiors of Communist era housing projects, countryside cottages, offices and workrooms, pubs and military dormitories. Artistry, craftsmanship, and a peculiar design inspiration is much in evidence as one tours this collection which serves as a kind of document of the personal and widely felt response to the social and economic constraints of that era.

Home Art, especially at the turn of the 1950s and 1960s, complemented the “atomic style”, for which the name “Brussels style“ is used in Czechoslovakia after the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, where Czech designs won 27 gold medals.

While bursts of Czech Home Art activity can be seen in the mid 1970s and the beginning
of the 1980s, the 1960s was the time when it reached its peak.  By the fall of the communist regime in 1989, this modern folklore has more or less disappeared.

What these Home Art pieces may lack in formal aesthetic import they more than make up for in sheer creativity and whimsy, and it is in this light as artifacts that they are best appreciated as they  represent important historical and social evidence belonging to a bygone era.

Domácí umění o. s.
More information: www.domaciumeni.cz


Czech Center gratefully acknowledges Barton Quillen and the Prague Kolektiv for the loan of authentic historic period furniture and home artifacts.
Prague Kolektiv is the only enterprise in North America specializing in original Czech furniture, lighting, and decorative objects that represent the designs of the pre-war Czech avant-garde and mid-century social realism.



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From: Jun 16, 2011 6:30 PM
To: Sep 15, 2011


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