Toyen, Three dancers, 1925.

NGP On Air | Toyen ⁠–⁠ The Dreaming Rebel: Tourism and the Avant-Garde ⁠–⁠ A Guidebook to Paris

Meghan Forbes’ online lecture accompanying the exhibition Toyen: The Dreaming Rebel.

In 1927, Toyen, together with Jindřich Štyrský and the journalist Vincenc Nečas, published a tour guide to Paris. Průvodce Paříží maps out in over 800 pages where Czech visitors should eat their meals and exchange money, but also where to visit artists' ateliers and go to the cinema. Through an exploration of the guide book’s contents, Meghan Forbes will introduce the Paris of the roaring twenties as experienced by and for Czech travelers, and consider in particular the path that Toyen cut through the city, as a rare flâneuse. Mrs. Forbes is a postdoctoral fellow in the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The lecture will be streamed online in English with Czech subtitles and it will be hosted by Jitka Šosová.
The cycle of lectures for the NGP exhibition Toyen: The Dreaming Rebel will focus on Toyen’s paintings, drawing series, and illustrations. Attention will be paid to the artist’s works from the 1920s to her late years. Her life and career will be set in historical and artistic contexts linked to the Surrealist groups in Czechoslovakia and France. Additionally, the painter’s oeuvre will be viewed from the perspective of contemporary art tendencies. The lecture by Meghan Forbes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, delivered in English, will analyse the tourist guidebook to Paris from the 1920s that Toyen published together with her Czech friends living in this bohemian metropolis. In his lecture, delivered in French, Bertrand Schmitt, a director, poet, essayist, and member of the Paris Surrealist Group, will focus on the painter’s contacts with the Paris Surrealists and their mutual inspiration. These lectures will be broadcast with Czech subtitles. The cycle will include further lectures in Czech that will be presented by Barbora Bartůňková, Jaromír Typlt, Michal Novotný, Martina Pachmanová, Anna Pravdová, Anna Smékalová, and Jindřich Toman. The hosts of the cycle will be Markéta Ježková, Jitka Šosová, Alena Štěrbová, and Monika Švec-Sybolová.

Price: free / Duration: approximately 70 min. / Place: FB NGP