Vlasta Vostřebalová Fischerová: Between Social Art and Magical Realism

The exhibition is devoted to the hitherto unjustly omitted paintings and drawings by one of the most distinctive female representatives of Czech inter-war art, Vlasta Vostřebalová Fischerová (1898−1963). She developed on the epic drama following the lines of the proletarian art mainly represented by the Czech poet Jiří Wolker and, employing much fantasy and bizarre poetry, captured human estrangement and the most strenuous life situations.

She focused on people living on the margin: her drawings and paintings are inhabited by drunkards, beggars, old men and widowers, but also female house servants, labourers, prostitutes, murderers and suicides and children of the periphery. They fuse commonplace subjects with fanciful poetry and pungent grotesque, while the social appeal of many of her works is, on the other side, often counterbalanced by intimacy on the verge of introversion.

The exhibition also focuses on the hitherto unresearched activities of Vostřebalová Fischerová in the field of architecture, and presents the artistʼs extensive correspondence in the form of audio recordings.