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Art By Psychiatric Patients in Czechoslovakia

Two publications accompanying exhibitions of the work of psychiatric patients in Czechoslovakia: Produkty a symboly: tvorba pacientů psychiatrické léčebny v Kroměříži [Products and symbols: the creative work of patients of the psychiatric hospital in Kroměříž]. AND: Nepoznatá tvorba: výtvarné projevy z arteterapie a experimentálních psychoz [Unknown art: creative expressions from art therapy and experimental psychoses].

Prague and Kroměříž, 1966 and 1975. Oblong and square octavos (15 × 21.3 and 20 × 20.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; [8] pp. and [12] pp. of black-and-white reproductions with [16] pp. text part. One volume lightly creased; else very good.

Two publications exploring the creative output of the psychologically ill, as well as its role in the treatment of various psychopathologies. The first text accompanied an exhibit at the House of Culture in Kroměříž, Moravia which was organized by P. Hájek, L. Zanáška, E. Hlaváčová and other workers at the Kroměříž Psychiatric Hospital. While no works are reproduced, the pamphlet contains short biographies of the exhibiting artists and a theoretical note by Petr Hájek. The second, more extensive catalog was for an exhibition held at Obecní dům in Prague and organized by the local psychiatric ward in the fall of 1966. The catalog reproduces 18 works by unidentified artists, along with a list of all exhibits. With a theoretical introduction on art therapy and psychiatry by the Czech surrealist painter and graphic artist Václav Zykmund (1914-1984), a member of the Ra Group, and an article by a medical professional on the relationship between "psychopathological creative forms" and modern art. Graphic design by Jaroslav Zelenka.

As of May 2021, neither publication traced via KVK and OCLC.

Book ID: 51305

Price: $450.00