Aleš South Bohemian Gallery’s exhibition presents three surrealistic artworks from the foundation's collection

Jinrich Styrsky - Roots
Jinrich Styrsky - Roots

Aleš South Bohemian Gallery’s exhibition of the season opened on May 15, 2016 at the Hluboká nad Vltavou chateau in South Bohemia. Referencing André Breton's famous quote “Beauty will be convulsive / Surrealism in the Czechoslovakia  1933–1939”, curators Karel Srp, Lenka Bydžovská and Antoník Dufek offer a new interpretation of the development of Surrealism in former Czechoslovakia in its heyday between 1933 and 1939.

The exhibition focuses on Czechoslovakia’s Surrealist Group whose members were artists such as Jindřich Štyrský, Toyen, Karel Teige or Vítězslav Nezval, as well as artists outside this group whose works dealt with surrealism as well. The exhibition reveals surrealism as a complex artistic phenomenon, the impact of which transcended the fine arts with repercussions in photography, literature, film and scenography.

Amongst the artworks presented in “Beauty will be convulsive / Surrealism in the Czechoslovakia 1933–1939” are three masterpieces from the The Pudil Family Foundation’s collection: Toyen’s “Dream”, and Jindrich Styrsky’s “Roots” and “The Ever Present Eye”.

The main part of the exhibition, Surrealism in Czechoslovakia 1933–1939, will be open at Hluboká nad Vltavou castle from 15 May to 2 October 2016. The second part, Parisian Surrealists and Czech Surrealism, will be exhibited in the Wortner House in České Budějovice from 30 June to 2 October 2016.

Jindrich Styrsky - The Ever Present Eye
Jindrich Styrsky - The Ever Present Eye
Toyen - Dream
Toyen - Dream

The Pudil Family Foundation is an open non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of Czech and international modern and contemporary art through the realization of innovative exhibitions, research and educational projects. 

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