František Kupka: A Legionnaire and A Patriot
Museum Kampa, U Sovových mlýnů 2, Praha 1 - Malá Strana, 118 00
- Sat 6. 10. 2018 – Sun 27. 1. 2019
František Kupka and His Work for the Republic
The exhibition presents an important, yet almost unmentioned aspect of the Kupka's oeuvre, which unveils his attempts to create a new visual style for the First Czechoslovak Republic.
Franišek Kupka is one of the artists, who served as volunteers in WW1; he was one of the Czechoslovakian legionaries. He created drafts of legionary flags, banners and medals; he captured details showcasing everyday life of legionaries. In these works, we can find figurative elements as well as some elements resembling the new techniques and genres which he had employed in his works before WW1. After 1918, he drafted a new flag, or participate in several competitions, however he was not successful and these attempts were not understood so he returned to France in 1918.
The aim of the exhibition is to present all of the aspects concerning Kupka's oeuvre in 1914-1920 – drawings, drafts and realisations as well as some Kupka's personal belongings of that time.