CZECH FINE ART OF THE 20th CENTURY

Since it was founded in 1953, the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové has continued building up a collection of Czech modern art, regularly supplementing it with new acquisitions. From the beginning, careful attention was paid to achieving a balanced representation of all individual art historical periods and trends that influenced the development of Czech art from the turn of the 20th century up to the work of contemporary artists.

The gallery's collection features works by artists associated with the beginnings of Czech modern art (Jan Preisler, Jakub Schikaneder, Antonín Slavíček, Antonín Hudeček, Václav Radimský), Osma [The Eight] and Skupina výtvarných umělců [The Group of Fine Artists] (Emil Filla, Bohumil Kubišta, Antonín Procházka, Josef Čapek, Václav Špála), socially oriented art of the 1920s (Miloslav Holý, Karel Holan, Jan Kotík), landscape artists of the Umělecká beseda arts association (Vojtěch Sedláček, Václav Rabas, Vlastimil Rada), Artificialism, Surrealism and Surrealist-inspired trends of the inter-war period (Jindřich Štyrský, Toyen, Alois Wachsman, Josef Šíma, František Muzika, Skupina 42 [Group 42] (Kamil Lhoták, František Gross, František Hudeček, Jan Kotík, Ladislav Zívr), Skupina Ra [The Ra Group] (Václav Tikal, Josef Istler, Bohdan Lacina), Informel and expressive abstraction (Vladimír Boudník, Mikuláš Medek, Robert Piesen, Jiří Balcar, Vladimír Fuka) and work by contemporary artists. The gallery's collection also includes work by other leading figures of Czech modern art such as Josef Váchal, Jan Zrzavý, František Tichý, Zdeněk Sklenář and Jiří Kolář.

The gallery's collection is thus able to provide viewers with an informative survey of the development of Czech modern art from the turn of the 20th century up to the present. Over 250 selected works of art from the gallery's large collection are on show to the public at the permanent exhibition of Czech 20th-century art.

Works of art from the gallery's collection are also loaned for major exhibitions being held in the Czech Republic and other countries internationally.
 

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