Every year, the Ladislav Sutnar Gallery reminds us of the importance of Czech-American relations within the Liberation Festival Pilsen events.

This year, on April 12 at 6 p.m., an international student exhibition will be officially opened in honor of the work and legacy of Pilsen native Ladislav Sutnar.

The exhibition Shapes: Venus, which is the fourth sequel of the project called Shapes, will present new works by students of art schools from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria and the United States. In 2022, they responded to the project call and participated in the reflection of Sutnar’s famous paintings of Venus, which were created in the 1960s and 1970s. years of the 20th century. The aim of the project was to motivate students to explore the details of these Sutnar paintings – the starting materials and the author’s inspiration, his photographs, features and drawings, working methods, geometry, color scale, painting technique, the intended celebration of youth, the paintings’ pursuit of perfection. Students also respond to these aspects from the theoretical perspectives of art history, social history, feminism, gender identity and its representation, media studies or psychology.

The painting, illustration and graphic design studios of the Pilsen Faculty of Design and Art, Ladislav Sutnar, will exhibit their works next to typographic designs created under the guidance of Steven Heller from the New York School of Visual Art, photographic works by students of Chicago’s Columbia College, designs created at the Department of Applied Arts at the Haute École Louvain en Hainaut in Mons, Belgium or artistic experiments with augmented reality, which were created as part of a workshop led by Daniel Huber from the University of Arts in Linz, Austria.

The publication Shapes: Venus, discourse, photography, drawings unearthed, published in a limited edition and containing rare materials from the archive of Ladislav Sutnar, critical texts by historians Tomáš Vlček and Ladislav Zikmund-Lender and curator and editor Jan Van Woensel, will also be on display.

source of information and photos: https://info.zcu.cz/