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Theodor Pištěk, Ecce Homo exhibition

 
photo: Theodor Pištěk, Midget (archiv NG)
 

Theodor Pištěk was a Czech painter, artist, film costume and decoration maker, Oscar winner and winner of the Czech Lion award for long-term artistic contribution to film. 

 
 
Theodor Pištěk was born on 25 October 1932 in Prague and belonged among important and respected artists of the time. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and became a film artist shortly after finishing his studies. He collaborated with director František Vláčil on the Valley of the Bees and Markéta Lazarová films. He later worked intensively with artists such as Miloš Forman. He received the Oscar Academy Award for the costumes in the film Amadeus and gained the French César Award and another Oscar nomination for the costumes from the film Valmont. He collaborated on more than 100 films and is also the author of the uniforms of the Castle Guard. In 1969, he designed the exhibition concept of the Man and His World pavilion for the World Expo in Montreal.

Pištěk’s work has a rather special position in the Czech art scene. He was able to make use of his traditional academic education in a truly unique way within the Czech environment. He personally contributed to the development of the Photo-Realistic Style, which culminated in the United States at the turn of the 1960s and 70s. In comparison with the work of the US photorealists, Pištěk’s smooth and extremely realistic painting often transcended its original meaning. Interestingly, he also represented Czechoslovakia in car races and still loves everything involving cars. The world of cars and various cut or deformed parts of engines and coolers thus make an inseparable part of his artistic work. 

The largest retrospective exhibition of the work of this artist to date called Ecce Homo will take place in the Prague National Gallery from 26 September to 6 January 2013. Its principle theme is “man and civilisation.” The exhibition will present all important stages of Theodor Pištěk’s work. Thus the exhibition will offer legendary photorealistic paintings, abstracting objects from the sixties, drawings from the "Where Will I Live Next Time" cycle as well as installations from recent years. Apart from paintings and drawings, four large spatial installations created directly on the Veletržní palác (Map) premises will be displayed.

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Author: Petra Hubálková
 
Source: Národní galerie
 
Added: 02.11.2012
 
 
 

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