Jiří Kolář exhibition
in MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art
till 27th of January 2013
He was a Czech poet, writer, painter and translator. His work was divided between literary and visual art.
Ten years after his death, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków wants bring closer his activity to the Polish audience.
His first exhibitions were in 1937, and in these exhibitions he displayed his collages. In 1960s he put painting and poetry together but he gradually fully turned to experimenting in visual art. In his work he used a scalpel to cut pictures out of magazines. He produced colors in his collages by gluing on printed papers. His collages were intended to influence the viewer’s outlook on life; to raise the viewer’s level of consciousness. He invented or helped to develop new techniques of collage –
confrontage, froissage, rollage etc.
One of his most popular work is based on the famous Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting Lady with an Ermine.
It is a great opportunity first to see the original work on the Wawel’s Hill and then to confront it
with the Kolář‘s variation.