Prague: Špálova galerie Praha, 1968. Octavo (21.5 × 15.5 cm). Original printed self-wrappers; 12 pp. Very good.
A catalog of an exhibition of West German art dedicated to the Lidice massacre, a mass execution of the residents of a small Czech village by SS officers in 1942. The 1968 exhibition titled “Homage to Lidice” was held at the Václav Špála Gallery in Prague, curated by the art critic Jindřich Chalupecký (1910–1990). The catalog lists 21 works, with 7 photo-reproductions, of sculpture, paintings, and photography by contemporary German artists such as Joseph Beuys, Gotthard Graubner, Sigmar Polke, Chris Reinecke, and Gerhardt Richter, among others. The ethical focus of this exhibition allowed for presentation of the most avant-garde Western contemporary art behind the iron curtain. Established in 1957, the Václav Špála Gallery greatly flourished in 1965–1970 under the leadership of Chalupecký. During “normalization” in the 70s and 80s, Chalupecký was not allowed to curate or to hold a public posts. In this period he published in samizdat an important work on Marcel Duchamp, and on the influence of Dada and Surrealism in Czech art. He was also published abroad and became a central figure in promoting Czech, Polish and Soviet non-official art in the West. As of June 2020, not in KVK, OCLC.
Book ID: P5992