Stanislav Kolíbal

Former Uncertain Anticipated: Czech and Slovak Pavilion at 58th Venice Biennal (2019)

This is the first comprehensive English-language publication on influential Czech artist, Stanislav Kolíbal (b. 1925).

“His work is counted among the fundamentals of modern Czech art. Since the 1950s, Stanislav Kolíbal has been one of the most notable personalities on the Czech art scene. He was a leading figure in the group ‘UB 12’, which played an important role in the 1960s. His language is geometry, his predominant theme the relation of illusion and reality.” — TATE website

This book approaches Kolíbal’s work along two parallel paths. In the first part, all in black-and-white, the artist’s biographical and personal experiences are linked with their historical context and correlated with key works produced during the same period.

The second part of the catalogue, which is illustrated with numerous colour images, illuminates important artistic developmental steps and the artist’s central work groups.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Stanislav Kolíbal: Former Uncertain Anticipated in the Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (11 May – 24 November 2019), commissioned by Adam Budak, National Gallery Prague.

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