National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

Jaromir Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde - May 3–August 9, 2009

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NGA Arttalk: Jaromír Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde
Matthew Witkovsky, chair and curator, department of photography, The Art Institute of Chicago
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Image: Jaromir Funke, Untitled (Bridge in Kolin), 1922, gelatin silver print, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 2005.119.1 Jaromír Funke (1896–1945) was one of the foremost photographers of the 1920s and 1930s in Czechoslovakia, a country that stood at the forefront of creative photography during these two decades. In the first extensive presentation of Funke's work outside Europe, some 70 works by the artist and leading contemporaries—including Josef Sudek (1896–1976) and Eugen Wiškovský (1888–1964)—will position his career at the center of an important, if often overlooked, history of modernist photography. Funke defined his personal artistic vision in dialogue with the mainstream amateur movement, as well as national and international avant-garde art—Devĕtsil in Prague, and cubism, surrealism, and the Bauhaus abroad.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation and Marcella and Neil Cohen.