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"The Soul of Graffiti: Jan Kaláb" to see in Florida

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens presents fall exhibit, The Soul of Graffiti: Jan Kaláb. The exhibit runs until December 2, 2018 and is being held in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia.


Contemporary Prague artist Jan Kaláb is known internationally for his innovative 3-D graffiti. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1978 at a time when graffiti was a form of protest in Eastern Europe, he made a name for himself in the 1990s as the country was opening itself up to Western influences. Kaláb later became known across Europe as “Cakes” and took his art to New York in 2000, making an impression while painting train cars alongside other well-known graffiti artists. Since 2007 Kaláb has experimented with abstractions on canvas, earning him solo exhibitions in Argentina, Germany, Paris, London, New York, and Miami. The Polasek Museum exhibit include sculptures, 3-D canvases, select new works, and an original installation.

“Kaláb’s style is diametrically opposite to the classic sculptures and painting styles of museum founder Albin Polasek. This exhibit demonstrates just how far art has evolved in the Czech Republic from Polasek’s time in the early 20th century to the present day. We are pleased to host Mr. Kaláb and explore a fresh new voice from the Czech Republic,” said Polasek Museum Curator Rachel Frisby.


About the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens preserves the 200+ piece collection of world-renowned Czech-American sculptor Albin Polasek (1871-1965). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum offers guided tours of Polasek’s home, studio, and sculpture gardens. Thousands of visitors each year come from all over the world to be inspired by Polasek’s story of emigrating to the United States in 1901, becoming a celebrated artist, and continuing to create monumental works of art from his wheelchair after suffering a debilitating stroke at age 70. The museum is also home to the historic 1885 Capen House that was saved from demolition, renovated, and opened to the public in 2015. The Polasek Museum hosts the annual Winter Park Paint Out plein air festival each April.

December 2, 2018 from 2-4pm Jan Kaláb will be present at Winter Park for Meet & Greet.

The exhibition was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

For more information, visit polasek.org.