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Exhibition Opening: Kafka & Co. by Jiří Slíva

On September 3, at 6 pm, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic launched the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014–Franz Kafka with a special exhibition KAFKA & CO. by Czech cartoonist Jiří Slíva. The exhibition features humorous drawing, lithographs, and etchings inspired by Kafka and others.

Kafka and Co. by Jiří Slíva

“I would like to ease slightly the long-term dark conception of Franz Kafka as
(or mainly as) the messenger of desperation, futility, alienation…” ~ Jiří Slíva

The Embassy of the Czech Republic launched the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014–Franz Kafka with a special exhibition KAFKA & CO. by Czech cartoonist Jiří Slíva on Wednesday, September 3, at 6 pm. The exhibition features humorous drawing, lithographs, and etchings inspired by Kafka and others. Slíva has been featured in over 150 publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. His work concentrates mainly on cartoon and illustration. Slíva is one of the believers that “Kafka had fun for us,” exemplified through Kafka’s realism, humor, and irony. Delve into the humor of Kafka and this award-winning artist at the Embassy of the Czech Republic.


Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

On View:      
The exhibition will be on view from September 3–October 31.    
Please email czech_events@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment to see the exhibition.   

About the Artist:   
Jiří Slíva was born in Pilsen, Czech Republic in July 4, 1947, and currently resides in Prague. After completing his studies in economics, he spent eight years working as a teacher. Since 1979, he has worked as a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and graphic artist. Slíva’s first drawing was published in 1972 in the publication Mladá fronta. He has published over 15 of his own books of cartoons in Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States, and the Czech Republic. Furthermore, his drawings have appeared in more than 150 books and in many Czech and foreign newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Die Welt, Die Zeit, to name a few. For his creativity and talent, he has won many awards at cartoon festivals and has had solo exhibitions in Marienbad, Bratislava, Zurich, Moscow, Budapest, Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rome, Havana, Milan, Paris, New York, Tel Aviv, among others. For additional information, please visit  www.cartoongallery.eu/englishversion/gallery/czech-republic/jiri-sliva/

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About the Mutual Inspirations Festival:
The Mutual Inspirations Festival (MIF) is an annual initiative spearheaded by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, focusing on the mutual inspirations between Czech and American cultures and featuring each year an extraordinary Czech personality who has greatly influenced and inspired others through his or her work. Now in its fifth year, the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014 celebrates one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, Prague-born Franz Kafka. His works transcend time and even foreshadow the future. To Kafka, writing was his passion, his very essence: “All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.” This year marks the 90th anniversary of his passing. For more information about the festival, please visit www.mutualinspirations.org