Čestmír Kafka

Jihlava 1922 – Prague 1988

Painter, draughtsman. He studied at Škola umění Zlín (1940–1943). During his studies he joined the avant-garde circle around Václav Chad (Schmidtová, Cap, Hudeček). 1942 he spent on forced labour in Styria, after returning to Zlín he started to throw up hundreds of drawings with brutal, surrealist, straight-primitive and openly sexual content (later published under the title The Residences). After war he studied at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Many years of his post-war carreer he could not exhibit caused of political reasons. His work intuitively tends to minimalism, lyrical abstraction, anti-aesthetics in manner of arte povera and conceptualism. Late work was influenced by zen and cultural scepticism of Jakob Burckhardt. His work can be found in National Gallery, Prague, Prague City Gallery, Anne and Jacques Baruch Collection, Chicago, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museum Bochum, Bochum and many private collections.

Literature: Karel Miler, Čestmír Kafka: Obrazy, kresby, koláže, asambláže 1943–1988. [exhibition catalogue], National Gallery, Prague, Prague 1994.


Untitled
Inventory number: r0057
Size: 362 × 248 mm
Material: paper, ink
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: 1943
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album


War Collage
Inventory number: r0058
Size: 400 × 290 mm
Material: paper, ink, newsprint paper, tempera
Period: WWII
Country of origin: Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia
Year made: January 1944
Status: available
Remark: Drawing is part of the School of Arts Zlín Album


Monotype
Inventory number: r0059
Size: 106 × 85 mm
Material: paper, monotype
Period: post-war
Country of origin: Czechoslovakia
Year made: 1962
Status: unavailable


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