Arts and Theatre Institute and National Museum are preparing the biggest exhibition of Czech theatre photography

The exhibition Czech Theatre Photography, which is going to take place in May and June 2018, will map the history of this field from the 1850s till nowadays. The exhibition is part of celebrations of the anniversary of 100 years from the foundation of Czechoslovakia in 2018.

The main topic of the exhibition is to capture theatre action – in traditional theatre and public space. The exhibition is also going to examine other ways of using photographs in theatre – be it part of a production as an integral part of stage design or a graphic element used for promotion.

The aim of the project is to present Czech theatre photography in the whole process of its development from first photographs related to theatre dating back to the 1850s till nowadays. The space of the first hall is dedicated to photographs related to history of Czech theatre photography, the other part of the exhibition space hosts the competition Contemporary Czech Theatre Photography.

Theatre photography has been appreciated for its documentary function in the first place as well as a unique document of theatre history. The intention of the exhibition is to distort this perception of theatre photography, present it as an independent art genre with indisputable aesthetic qualities and contribute to the reception of Czech theatre photography in historic and artistic contexts.

Pavel Landovský: Hodinový hoteliér, Činoherní klub Praha, 1969. Režie: Evald Schorm. Institut umění – Divadelní ústav. Foto: Vilém Sochůrek.

History of Czech theatre photography

The exhibition about history of Czech theatre photography proceeds from funds in many institutions and private collections in the Czech Republic and presents works by most famous photographic studios of the second half of the 19th century as well as the most significant 20th century photographers, such as František Drtikol, Miroslav Hák, Václav Chochola, Josef Koudelka, Jaromír Svoboda, Jaroslav Krejčí and others.

One of the outputs of the exhibition will be a publication in Czech and English, which is a result of a long-term ATI project.

Curators: Anna Hejmová (ATI) and Vojtěch Poláček (National Museum)

Jindřich Mošna, ke čtyřicetiletí jeho umělecké činnosti. 1904. Soukromá sbírka.


Contemporary Czech theatre photography

The competition called Czech Theatre Photography Showcase will present the visitors with production of contemporary professional theatre photographs and students of photography. In autumn 2017, a call will be made public for photographers and the professional jury will assess the photographs sent to the competition in spring 2018.

Categories and topics:

  • Professional photographs (a collection of photographs from a production, actor’s portrait in the role)
  • Photography students (un-commissioned works with a theatre topic)


The exhibition will also host a wide-range accompanying program focused on professionals and the general public with workshops, seminars, lectures, guided tours etc.

         Ivan Arsenjev – Veronika Švábová – Petr Forman: Obludárium, Divadlo bratří Formanů Praha, 2007. Režie: Petr Forman. Institut umění – Divadelní ústav. Foto: Irena Vodáková. Miroslav Bambušek: Do Židů, Mezery o. s. Praha, 2010. Režie: Jiří Pokorný. Institut umění – Divadelní ústav. Foto: Jan Dvořák.

Contact:
Art and Theatre institute
Prague 1, Celetná 17, 110 00
Denisa Šťastná, denisa.stastna@divadlo.cz, 605 412 819
Olga Plchová, olga.plchova@divadlo.cz, 602 962 051

 



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