Year of publication: 2015
Publisher: The National Gallery in Prague
Language version: czech/english
Number of pages: 124
Number of reproductions: 85
Stanislav Kolíbal (*1925) is one of the most prominent figures of Czech and European art in the last fifty and more years. The catalogue accompanying this unusually conceived retrospective exhibition from the position of the drawing as a sovereign work of art concentrates in eight sections on the drawing cycles that originated (and are still originating) from 1968 up to the present. It begins with the White Drawings of 1968–1976, then the Illusion and Fiction cycle from 1977-1979 thematises the illusion of time and space. Various forms of work with geometry, the purpose of which is to seek order, concordance and connections, are presented in the Berlin Drawings from 1988, which opened up space for further cycles of drawings, watercolours and reliefs and became a point of departure for objects or installations. Published for the first time is a collection of small sketches, preliminary studies, drawing concepts and initial ideas. The autobiographical essay emphasises the social and personal aspects of Kolíbal’s work and his artistic orientation.