"My Cup of Kafka..."

19. 2. 2018 Overview news

“My Cup of Kafka…” Drawings,  Prints and Paintings by Jiří Slíva

An exhibition of works by the well-known Prague-based graphic artist and illustrator Jiří Slíva opens on 22 February, 2018 at the Jewish Museum’s Robert Guttmann Gallery to mark the artist's 71st birthday. It features a number of drawings, colour lithographs, etchings, pastels and oil paintings on the artist’s favourite themes – Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, the Golem, Jewish customs/symbols, and biblical motifs – as well as other material inspired by the works of Jewish writers. Jiří Slíva has been preoccupied with Jewish humour and illustrating the works of Franz Kafka for many years. In December 2017, the Franz Kafka Publishing House published My Cup of Kafka, a book featuring Slíva’s main artworks inspired by the great writer. A selection of these works is on display at the exhibition. Also on view is a range of Slíva’s illustrations from books by the Czech-Israeli writer Ruth Bondy, which are dedicated to the language, names and special idioms of Czech Jews. Slíva’s exhibited work also includes depictions of café society and scenes from everyday life, which are marked by absurd humour and a love of jazz, wine and dancing. Slíva’s first drawing was published in 1972. Since 1979, he has devoted his time to cartooning, graphic art, illustration and painting. His drawings have appeared in over 150 books, numerous Czech newspapers and international journals.

 

Robert Guttmann Gallery
U Staré školy 3, Prague 1
Open daily, except Saturdays and other Jewish holidays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (summer time) and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (winter time)
Admission: regular CZK 40, reduced CZK 20, children under 6 free of charge
You can also visit the gallery as part of a museum tour.

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