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Ovčáček, Eduard / Anthropometry


singed paper, plaster, board, 53 × 40.5 × 23 cm

This assemblage is one of a number of works in which Eduard Ovčáček used casts made by parts of real human bodies. The figural decontextualization is accompanied by a lettristic surface featuring Ovčáček’s typical technique of letters burned into paper. Hot metal letters were pressed onto translucent silk paper, and the contact between these two opposing principles created an original decollage. The surface of Ovčáček’s works of this type bears numerous stigmata, often accompanied by cuttings from newspapers and (later in his career) linear drawings that add clarity to the composition. Ovčáček glued the singed paper onto plaster casts of a woman’s body; another example of this technique is J. H.’s Right Breast.


(1933, Třinec) One of the most important artists to have come from or worked in this region. His importance lies not only in his works themselves, but also in his other activities. He has been an ambassador, initiator and mediator of unofficial tendencies and events, as well as working tirelessly as a university art teacher in Ostrava. He studied at the Bratislava University of Fine Arts (1957–1963) under Peter Matejka. He became an important figure on the art scene while still a student, and after discussions with the organizers of the “Confrontations” exhibitions in Prague, he organized Confrontations in Bratislava too. He later become a founding (and active) member of the Concretist Club. His work is characterized by a constant striving to find new concepts and materials, experimenting with forms and new horizons. After beginning his career working with informel structures, letters and symbols became a formative element in his art. He became one of the first (and foremost) Czech lettrists and visual poets. He has also deviated from his focused letters to explore figural painting in an idiom close to that of the Czech Grotesque school. Ovčáček is particularly known for his large visual collages, in which he burned brass letters into paper, arranging them in rows, accumulating and overlayering them or creating words, sentences and quotations. He has also left an indelible imprint on Czech serigraphy, becoming a pioneer of serigraphic techniques and expanding their potential by applying geometric and constructivist principles. In recent years he has also left his artistic mark on computer graphics. The seminal importance of his work has been recognized by numerous awards and prizes.
mixed technique, canvas, paper, 140 × 200 cm, purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture

Ovčáček, Eduard / Unpaid account (White)

singed paper, wood, plaster, 40 × 30.5 cm, purchased in 2021 with funding from the Czech Ministry of Culture

Ovčáček, Eduard / J. H.’s Right Breast

acrylic, collage, paper, paper – cellulose, perspex, height 225 cm, purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture

Ovčáček, Eduard / Three anthropometrie

Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

Axentowicz, Theodor / Girl in a fur

Balabán, Daniel / Concrete (Below a Slag-Heap)

Balabán, Daniel / Concrete (Below a Slag-Heap)

Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

Balabán, Daniel / Old Eroticism

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

Bartoš, Břetislav / Wallachian Madonna

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