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CHUNCHEON – exhibition of famous Czech photographer Jan Saudek

Chuncheon is the second city in the Republic of Korea which hosts the exhibition of Jan Saudek, one of the most acclaimed Czech photographer world-wide. It runs at Chuncheon Gallery, Okchun-dong 73-2, Chuncheon-si from July 21 to August 1, 2012. Large selection consisting of more than 150 hand-painted, often provocative, photographs, is the first such wide presentation of his art spanning last four decades.

 

Jan Saudek´s hand-painted photographs. which are set in a failry unique kind of a dream-world, often inhabited by nude or semi-nude figures surrounded by bare plaster walls (being an original wall of his partly underground flat, turned studio since the early 1970s) or painted backdrops are a real success all around the world since the 1970s.

There are at least a dozen Czech photographers who became famous in the world in the last century – František Drtikol, author of famous 1920s avant-garde cubist nude photos.  or Josef Sudek known for his poetic, often black and white photographs of Prague made in the mid-20th century, or Josef Koudelka, still active Magnum reporter and photographer, but of all these great artists, only Jan Saudek became a really household name in his home country and abroad. But it was not an easy way as – during the communist times in the 1970s and 1980s – his works were only seen in a clandestine way, as he was not allowed to exhibit and publish. While his first exhibition in the United States was staged already in 1969 it predated his first big shows in the Czech Republic almost by a quarter of a century, when – after a fall of communism – the Czechs could enjoy his works for the first time on the exhibitions – and he really became an extremely popular artist, whose style is easily recognized by every Czech, regardless his interest in photography and art.

More about Jan Saudek could be found on his personal web page www.saudek.com

The exhibition was already held at Insa Art Gallery, Seoul and will travel to Daegu, Busan, Gwangju and Incheon – more details at www.saudek.co.kr