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Maximum Imaginativeness: Modern Czech Book Design, 1900-1950

decoration28 Sept. 2015|18 Dec. 2015

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library holds some of the finest examples of modern Czech book design and illustration. The highlights of this collection will be shown in this exhibition. On display will be books and journals published from the turn of the 19th century to the late 1940s, with examples ranging from the book beautiful (bibliophile) movement whose aesthetic principles were advanced by graphic artists like Zdenka Braunerová and František Kupka to works by avant-garde artists and writers centered around the literary association Devětsil, including Karel Teige, Vítězslav Nezval, Jaroslav Seifert, and Toyen. Also covered will be the various movements associated with this period, such as Symbolism, Decadence, Cubism, Constructivism, Poetism, and Surrealism.

(Picture: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)


28 Sept. 2015|18 Dec. 2015
University of Toronto, 120 St. George Street
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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