The end of the Habsburg Monarchy and the rise of an independent Czechoslovak state played a key role in the establishing of international contacts by the Czech avant‑garde. Unlike most of the inter‑war European avant‑garde movements where contacts with their Czech counterparts were rather sparse, communication between Czech and French artists was quite extensive. It could be credited for the most part to Josef Šíma. The exhibition project aims to map Šíma’s work from the early 1930s. The focus of the project is on presenting, in detail and using unique pieces and documents, one of the most remarkable chapters of the Czech avant‑garde art. abroad – the Šíma’s strong influence over the Parisian group Le Grand Jeu.
Moravian Gallery in Brno
Until 24 February 2019