Current Exhibition

Exhibition now open!

28 September-18 December

Maximum Imaginativeness: Modern Czech Book Design, 1900-1950

Frontispiece of Komedye masopustní The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library holds some of the finest examples of modern Czech book design and illustration. This exhibition will feature a display of books and journals published from the turn of the nineteenth century to the late 1940s, with examples ranging from the book beautiful (bibliophile) movement whose aesthetic principles were advanced by graphic artists Zdenka Braunerová, Vojtěch Preissig, František Kupka, and František Kobliha, to works by avant-garde artists and writers centered around the literary association Devětsil, including Karel Teige, Vítězslav Nezval, Jaroslav Seifert, and Toyen. Also covered will be the various movements associated with this period, such as Symbolism, Decadence, Cubism, Constructivism, Poetism, and Surrealism. The exhibition will focus on the development of book design in twentieth-century Czechoslovakia, primarily in Prague, and illustrate the developments in machine type, graphic design, book covers and binding, photomontage, and collage.

This exhibition is curated by Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Head, Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre. Please click on the video below (or visit our YouTube page) for an introduction and overview of the exhibition, narrated by the curator.

Also available is a self-guided audio tour that can be downloaded or streamed from a mobile device. The tour can be found by clicking here.

Please join us at 6:00 pm on Thursday November 5 when Ksenya will be conducting a free tour of the exhibition. There's no need to register - simply meet inside the Fisher a few minutes before 6 pm.

Catalogue ISBN: 978-0-7727-6116-3 (paperback) | 120 pages | $25.00 | Ref #: 7072.