ISBN: 80-7215-152-5|Published: 2001|Pages: 168
Binding: Softbound|Format: 160 x 180 mm|Graphic design: Pavel Lev, Studio Najbrt
Karel Teige (1900–1951) is known mainly as a theorist of the fine arts and architecture, a columnist, critic, editor, and organizer of events on the Czech arts scene in the 1920s. He was also a leading figure of the avant-garde group Devětsil (1920–32), which included at various times hundreds of important figures in painting, literature, architecture, photography, film, and theater. In 1934 Teige joined the Prague Surrealists, and from that year till his premature death he made nearly four hundred collages. During his life, however, he had few possibilities to make them known and the collages remained his private passion. It is now clear that they constitute a vital part of the history of European Surrealism. The author of the present work, Karel Srp, is an art historian and Curator of the Prague Gallery of Art.