Heroes, Geniuses, Symbols and Muses 25. 4. 2023 – 29. 10. 2023
Curator: Magdalena Juříková
The GHMP is once again presenting a thematic exhibition from its collections as part of the programme for Troja Château.
This time it will be sketches for sculptural purposes and studies for monuments, memorials and statues in public spaces. Our collections contain a large number of these, some of which are very close to the final product – the sculpture.
Others are, at first sight, only the first step in the search for an overall expression. There are also some studies that were never implemented (i.e. no sculpture was made on the basis of them) because they were created for a monument competition, which was either won by one of the competitors, or, as often happens in our country, the patronage of those in power played its role. We have tried to present a number of excellent examples that led to the erection of monuments, decorative sculptures or works with a loose theme, inspired by feminine charms or respect for common craftsmanship, whether familiar from our parks and gardens or from the facades of important buildings. Visitors will encounter works from the period 1880–1980 and many famous names, such as: Bohuslav Schnirch, Josef Václav Myslbek, Ladislav Jan Šaloun, Bohumil Kafka, and Josef Mařatka, as well as the names of artists who were privileged during the socialist period – Jan Hána, Josef Malejovský and Jiří Kryštůfek.