František Skála and Other Works

The exhibition František Skála and Other Works is largely devoted to the artist’s lesser-known book illustrations. In his work to date, Skála has created many illustrations for works ranging from children’s books, to scientific publications, to photographic comic strips and artist’s books, using various art techniques. The form of the exhibition also includes a number of other aspects related to Skála’s sculptures, paintings and performances. Following in this vein, the show is an extraordinary retrospective of Skála’s illustrations, one that also reveals the overlapping areas and diversity of his artistic work.

František Skála, Baba Yaga Bony Legs, 2011

Curator: Zdeněk Freisleben

For the first time ever, František Skála is presenting the lesser-known book illustrations he has created since the early 1980s at a retrospective exhibition entitled And Other Works. After his very successful exhibitions at Galerie Rudolfinum and the Wallenstein Riding School of the National Gallery, we have an opportunity to see another aspect of Skála’s poetic, mysterious work, deeply ingrained in the natural world and always unpretentiously humorous. The form of the exhibition also includes a number of other aspects related to Skála’s sculptures and paintings. Following in this vein, the show reveals the overlapping areas and diversity of his artistic work.

As a child, the artist was significantly influenced by the environment around him, whether by various antiques (in his father’s collection) or by folk music (his mother was a choreographer and the founder of the ensemble Chorea Bohemica). This certainly had an effect on his perception of, and relationship to, various materials and elements of style associated with folk art. All of this indirectly appears in his illustrations, which have an outward reach – whether to his existential experiences related to his stays in nature “in the wild” by the sea, the walking trip he took to Venice in 1993, or his other inspiring travels around the world. Special mention should also be made about Skála’s diaries and his private editions of small books.

František Skála, Baba Yaga Bony Legs, 2011
František Skála, Baba Yaga Bony Legs, 2011
František Skála, Life, 1987
František Skála, Life, 1987
František Skála, Life, 1987
František Skála, Life, 1987
František Skála, Forgotten Crafts, 1984
František Skála, Forgotten Crafts, 1984
František Skála, Baba Yaga Bony Legs, 2011
František Skála, Baba Yaga Bony Legs, 2011
František Skála, Borrowers, 2013
František Skála, Borrowers, 2013
František Skála, Candlestick Castle, 2009
František Skála, Candlestick Castle, 2009
František Skála, The Meeting of Two Worlds from The Giants series, 2013
František Skála, The Meeting of Two Worlds from The Giants series, 2013

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František Skála and Other Works

from: 4. 5. 2021
to: 29. 8. 2021

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Curator: Zdeněk Freisleben
Graphic Design: Vladimír Vimr

In cooperation with the Museum of Czech Literature

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Acknowledgements:
National Gallery Prague; East Bohemian Gallery in Pardubice