28 Apr 2021

Between poetism and surrealism

Marie Toyen et Jindrich Styrsky à Paris 1925-1928
Anna Pravdova
Prag, Czech Republic
The École des modernités

Major figures of Czech surrealism, after 1934, Marie Čermínová known as “Toyen” (1902-1980) and her artist friend Jindřich Štyrský (1899-1942) settled in Paris from 1925 to 1929. They developed their own movement there, “artificialism”, which explores the traces of memories, the journey of memory and the unconscious through an almost abstract painting. This conference will recall the importance of the community of Czech artists in Paris between the two wars.


Anna Pravdová is an art historian and curator of the Modern Art Collection at the National Gallery in Prague. A specialist in Franco-Czech artistic relations, she has coordinated several exhibitions on this subject including Catched up by the night, Czech artists in France 1938-1945 (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Cheb, 2015) and Kupka, Pioneer of abstraction ( Prague National Gallery, 2018). She is currently preparing an exhibition on Toyen co-organized by the National Gallery in Prague, the Kunsthalle in Hamburg and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

Lecture in French

Wednesday 28th of April at 6:30pm (CET - Paris)

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Anna PRAVDOVÁ - Entre le poétisme et le surréalisme

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