Jiří Kolář (1912-2002): Forms of Visual Poetry - From the Collection of Museum Kampa, Prague
January 26 – March 17
Presented by: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
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This exhibition is dedicated to one of the most remarkable Czech poets and visual artists associated with Modernism, Jiří Kolář (1914-2002). During the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia, Kolář encountered considerable challenges, including a prison sentence for the critical stance towards the system expressed in his poetry. Whether because “images” were less easily censurable than “words” or for other, personal reasons, from about 1959, he focused exclusively on visual arts - especially various experimental forms of collage. Yet most of his mixed-media works remained profoundly concerned with the word/image relationship, and can best be described as “visual” poetry. Curated by Aneta Georgievska-Shine.
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