Karel Šlenger (1903 -1981)

Date: 28.10.2005 - 15.01.2006

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery in Prague – Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

in the East wing of the 1st floor of Veletržní Palace,
Dukelských hrdinů 47, 170 00 Praha 7
Concept and curator of the exhibition: Tomáš Vlček
Architectural design: Stanislav Kolíbal
Graphic layout of printed materials: Stanislav Kolíbal
Main media partner: Hospodářské noviny
Partner: Adjust art
Partner of the Education Departments of NG programmes: HVB bank
Media partners: Art&antique, Classic FM, ČRo 3 Vltava, Praguebest

The Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague prepared an exhibition of the life’s works of Karel Šlenger (1903 – 1981). More than 50 drawings and 100 paintings are presented, mostly executed with the use of the artist’s own mixed oil and tempera techniques. For the first time, the National Gallery in Prague thus presents Šlenger’s works as a coherent ensemble, and their relations to the history of 20th-century art is pointed out.

The surprising and characteristic nature of Šlenger’s works was the cause why his name had long been connected with the east Bohemian region only. A change occurred in the course of the past decade when the interest in Šlenger increased in connection with the general concern for non-conformist works and tendencies in Czech modern art. The unusual expression of Šlenger’s paintings attracted attention, yet it did not provide any obvious key to the perception of his oeuvre as a significant contribution to the forming of Czech and European art of the 20th century.

The retrospective display of Šlenger’s works organised by the Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art of the National Gallery in Prague encapsulates the views of the development and importance of this painter in the following thematic and chronological sections.

Exhibition is accompanied by a catalog.
Entrance fee:
full: 80 CZK, reduced: 40 CZK, family: 120 CZK
Opening hours:
daily except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact for journalists:
Marcela Hančilová
Tel./ Fax: 224 301 167, e-mail: hancilova@ngprague.cz

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