Alena Kučerová is one of the most distinctive and original personalities of the Czech graphic scene. The K-A-V-K-A bookstore, in cooperation with the Pecka Gallery, presented her lesser-known works from the short period of lettrism, as well as several book covers, which differ significantly from the rest of Alena Kučerová's work. She has exhibited in the Czech Republic and around the world.
Representation in collections: Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové, Hradec Králové (Hradec Králové); Kampa Museum - Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, Prague; National Gallery in Prague
Selection of exhibitions: 2007 - Alena Kučerová: Přehled / Summary. Graphics, sheets, objects / Prints, metal plates, objects, Dům U Kamenného zvonu, Prague; 2006-2007 - Alena Kučerová, House of Arts of the City of Brno, Jaroslav Král Gallery + hall, Brno; 2005 - Kaltes Wasser, Czech Center in cooperation with Pecka Gallery, Vienna; 1995 - Other Czech regards… (Blabolilová, Kučerová, Michálek), Musée provincial Félicien Rops, Namur, Belgium; 1990 - Alena Kučerová: Graphics - sheets. GHMP, Old Town Hall, Prague; 1969 - Alena Kučerová - graphics, Museum Folkwang, graphic cabinet, Essen; 1968 - Alena Kučerová (with Jiří Kolář and Jiří John), Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (6.9.-20.10 .; 21 works, 2 sheets); 1965 - Gallery on Charles Square
Awards: 1997 Vladimír Boudník Award, Inter-Kontakt-Grafik Foundation; 1968 International Youth Biennial Award, Bratislava; 1967 Biella International Prize for Lines; 1967 Prize of the Union of Czechoslovak Writers; 1965 Biennale des Jeunes Paris, mention d'honneur
Graphic artist and artist Alena Kučerová has been one of the most prominent figures in Czech art since the 1960s. Between 1955 and 1959 she graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the studio of Antonín Strnadel.
The basic features of Alena Kučerová's distinctive graphic work are economy and sobriety in the choice of means of expression and in some periods of experimentation with graphic methods. From etchings and drypoints from the end of the 1950s, it moves to perforating the matrix, which in the 1980s complements the new technology of the relief plate. The basic building block of her graphic work is structure and point. Almost traditional, classical drawings of landscapes or figures acquire a unique expression through point fragmentation and discover traditional themes as completely new.
The matrix often remains a separate artifact next to the imprint. However, it is not the process that is important for Kučerová, but the result, which is a new image of a known reality, whether a landscape or a figural event. Geometric, abstract elements in her work rather complement the main line of landscape and figural motifs. In 1996, Alena Kučerová left Prague, finished her graphic design and continued to work on wooden boards with ornaments made of metal nails.
Thanks to the method of perforation, personal themes go through a "retention" of the character, the author gets rid of direct handwriting and rewrites her private experiences, her world into a raster of a rational material structure. The author has been awarded many times at international graphic biennials for her monumentality of experimental expression and emotional intensity.
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