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Recommended Retrospective Of Czech Artist Zdenek Beran In National Gallery

RECOMMENDED Retrospective of Czech artist Zdenek Beran in National Gallery

26 March 2007, 22:22 - Art
The life retrospective of Zdenek Beran, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (AVU), can be seen in Veletržní palace, part of the National Gallery in Prague until 9 April 2007.

The head chief of the institution – Milan Knizak - himself is the curator of the exhibition, that leads us through the whole life of this exceptional artist, from his first steps to "mature" works - exhibition shows Beran's work from all angles.

Zdenek Beran (born 1937) is one of the most remarkable artists of the Czech art scene. As the student in the studio of professor Vladimir Sychra in late 50s, he joined the group of artists who called themselves the Bums and attended the unofficial Confrontations where the so-called Czech Informel was formed in 1960.

In the method of assemblage (as part of structural abstraction) young Beran used lots of different materials – such as wood, metal, sand, pasteboard, straw, textile, or cotton wool – to create stratified structures, in which one could see nothing more than decomposition or dissolution, or devastating disease.

The works can be described also as living organisms, but in their last phase of dying. The golden age of Beran's work was 60s and 70s, but you can see many interesting later works from example "Disgusting structures" from mid 90s.

The extraordinary object from the Beran's works – The Rehabilitation Ward of Dr. Dr, a part of which is on display at the permanent exhibition of modern art in the Veletržní Palace, was made in 1970–1971.

On Wednesday 4 April at 4pm you can visit the exhibition together with the artist. But for the inspiration now, you can taste the video from the exhibition by clicking on the link below.

WHERE: National Gallery, Veletržní Palace, eastern wing, 1st floor, Dukelských hrdinů 47, Prague 7 | take tram 5, 12, 15 or 17 to stop VELETRZNI

WHEN: until 9 Apr 2007 | open daily except Mondays from 10am to 6pm

MORE INFO: Play the video from the exhibition, National Gallery in Prague