Jan Kubíček: Retrospective

Painter Jan Kubíček (1927−2013), along with Zdeněk Sýkora, Karel Malich and Radek Kratina, ranks among the most significant representatives of Czech Constructivism. Kubíčekʼs first retrospective ever, held in the spaces of the Municipal Library of Prague, presents the chronology of his oeuvre, created over a time span of more than fifty years. The small spaces of the Library serve to document the basics of Kubíčekʼs work in photography which holds a special status of seeking aesthetic form to the artist.

Yet another core of the exhibitionʼs concept is the drawings which are not exclusively perceived as sketches and models but form a specific world in the framework of the artistʼs entire oeuvre. The reliefs, sculptures and installations, mostly made of coloured plexiglass, which became unique due to Kubíčekʼs financial situation, are equally important, pointing at the significant phenomenon of the spatial dimension of painting.

The largest part of the exhibition focuses on the systematic stage of Kubíčekʼs development and encompasses the two large halls. It documents it in its entirety – from the early minor realizations related to Informal Art to the final large-dimensional paintings. The exhibition presents works from Czech as well as European collections.