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10 Feb 2018 - 20 Apr 2018

Toyen, Běla Kolářová and Mária Bartuszová @ Tate St Ives

Works by Czech surrealist painter Marie Čermínová (Toyen), artist and photographer Běla Kolářová and Slovak sculptor Mária Bartuszová will be on display at Tate St Ives as part of Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings. The exhibition explores feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art and features works by over 80 artists, including Laura Knight, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell and Winifred Nicholson.

Opening hours:
 Tuesday to Sunday 10.00–16.20

Admission:£10.50, FREE for Tate Members

The exhibition tours to Pallant House, Chichester, 26 May – 16 September and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2 October – 9 December 2018.

This exhibition was made possible with a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant from Art Fund.

More information about the exhibition: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/exhibition/virginia-woolf

Born in Prague in 1902, Marie Čermínová alias Toyen was one of the most prominent Czech surrealists and a member of the renowned Czech avant-garde artist association Devětsil. Wearing men’s clothes and talking about herself as of a man, the ever original and eccentric artist considered herself equal to men and clearly distanced herself from the traditional role of a women in the 1920s society. Art offered Toyen a way to escape from the pressure of society, providing her with a means of self-expression useful for a demonstration of her denouncement of artistic and social hypocrisy. Her attitude to sexuality was most unconventional for that time, her openness and boldness in erotic art unrivalled. Having been introduced to the French surrealist elite by Jiří Štýrský, also a prominent Czech artist and member of The Devětsil, in 1925, she spent most of her life in Paris, and together with Štýrský established a new movement aiming to promote imagination in art, Artificialism.

Born in 1923 in Terezín, Běla Kolářová belonged to the 1960s generation of artists which touched off a new wave of constructivism in Czech art. Although predominantly associated with Jiří Kolář, her husband and a prominent Czech artist, she developed her own distinguished method and technology first in camera-less photography, experimenting with light, pressing small objects into layers of parafin to create an autonomous picture on the sensitive surface of the phootgraphic paper, and later in visual art using familiar objects connected with  the feminine and the domestic such as beads, paper clippers and razors, creating unique assemblages and collages. Běla a Jiří were forced  to emigrate, settling down in Paris where they stayed until 1999. It was only in 1990s when Kolářová begun to be recognized for her art, having it exhibited in various galleries around the Czech Republic.

Born in 1936 in former Czechoslovakia, a Slovak sculptor Mária Bartuszová graduated from Academy of Applied Arts in Prague in 1961. Since 1960s she lived and worked in Košice, Slovakia, where she came with her husband. Bartuszová's oeuvre presents histolic approach to the world, focusing on geometrical and organic elements, and includes among others also technological procedures of 'gravistimulated casting' of plaster in elastic forms, which are also conceptual constructs of her 1960s and 1970s sculptures.' During her lifetime, she had her work exhibited all over the country and has been recently featured in a number of international exhibitions such as Les Promesses du passé in 2010 and the retrospective Maria Bartuszová: Provisional Forms at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2014. Bartuszová's work is in numerous museum collections including Tate, London, Centre du Pompidou in Paris and Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava.

Cover image:
Běla Kolářová: Seekers of Lice I, from the series Make up Drawings, 1976
Acrylic nails, nail varnish and cosmetics on paper

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Běla Kolářová: Seekers of Lice II, from the series Make up Drawings, 1976
Acrylic nails, nail varnish and cosmetics on paper

Toyen (Marie Čermínová): Untitled, 1930-40, Photocollage

Mária Bartuszová: Untitled, 1962-64, Vintage Bronze




Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1TG

From: 10 Feb 2018
To: 20 Apr 2018


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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