Czech Surrealist brought out of hiding

The first solo retrospective of Jindřich Heisler provides a long overdue look at a unique man who created unique art under unique circumstances

Jindřich Heisler: Surrealism under Pressure at Chicago’s Art Institute presents 70 works by the still little-known Czech Surrealist whose work straddles the line between a variety of artistic media. The exhibition also underlines the significant role Prague played as an important outpost of Surrealism, second only to Paris.

Read the full article at Czech Position

Heisler started out as a poet and the show includes what Heisler called materialized poems (realisované
básně) in the photo-poetry collection Z kasemat spánku (From the Strongholds of Sleep) which  puts words and images in a fascinating relation and which arose out of Heisler’s having gone into hiding in 1941 to avoid being sent to a concentration camp.

All stairways are shut. All mouths are
muffled from within.
No grain pecking anymore. The hens have been
choked to death and the fire extinguished.
A half chicken and a wet piece of bread
send their last pellets upward, where a
transparent umbrella of liver skin is
opening up.

Photo – Untitled by Jindřich Heisler, 1944, courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago

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Categories: Literary History

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4 Comments on “Czech Surrealist brought out of hiding”

  1. 23/05/2012 at 1:06 pm #

    EXCELENTE POST, SALUDOS MANON KUBLER

    • 23/05/2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Gracias, Michael

      • 23/05/2012 at 1:32 pm #

        DE VERDAD EXCELENTE, MUY REVELADOR PARA MI QUE EQUIVACADAMENTE ME CREIA UN GENIO EN LA MATERIA……………….GRACIAS A USTED, SALUDOS MANON KUBLER

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