Vlastislav Hofman (1884–1964), architect, town planner, designer, printmaker, painter, theoretician and stage designer, made his mark on Czech modern art in the first half of the 20th century as a member of the avant-garde Group of Fine Artists, where Hofman, Josef Gočár, Pavel Janák and Josef Chochol were the most prominent practitioners of Czech Cubist architecture. From the start Hofman was a radical, multitalented and extraordinarily inventive artist, and his idiosyncratic architectural visions and designs for furniture and applied art revealed a bold, innovative spirit.
However, the expressiveness of Hofman’s talent and his openness to new ideas soon led him to leave the more orthodox Group of Fine Artists and make his own way, guided by his intellect and abilities. Alongside his work in architecture and town planning, Hofman produced paintings, prints and drawings, and he became a member of The Stubborn and subsequently the Art Society. In the early 1920s Hofman began working on stage design, where he soon gained an international reputation, winning many awards. He always sought to express his ideas and emotions in a way that was original, powerful and economical, winning him acclaim in the art world.
The project is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
Main curator: Mahulena Nešlehov
Other curators: Petr Gába, Věra Velemanová
Exhibition Concept: Mahulena Nešlehová
Texts to the exhibition: Mahulena Nešlehová
Architectural design: Tomáš Svoboda
Graphic design: Robert V. Novák
Realisation: GVUO Team
Promotion: Kateřina Mertha, Jana Šrubařová, Kateřina Šuláková
Educational Programmes: Marcela Pelikánová, Jana Sedláková
Translation: Adrian Dean