Faces of Expressionism (1905 - 1920) I GASK
Galerie Středočeského kraje, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
15 June – 15 September 2019

author of the exhibition in the Gallery Božidar Jakac: Goran Milovanović and dr. Robert Simonišek
curator of the exhibition in GASK: Adriana Primusová

The exhibition Faces of Expressionism (1905 - 1920) was displayed in 2018 in the Bozidar Jakac Gallery in Kostanjevica na Krki. The international exhibition of works by German, Czech and Slovenian expressionists is the first attempt to place Slovenian expressionism in the Central European milieu. Expressionism, originally a Germanic orientation focusing on spirituality, emotions and the ethical demand for a new man, was partly transmitted to Slovenes through Prague. As the capital of Slovakia, after the First World War, the Art Nouveau Vienna was replaced by the study centre for a young generation of artists (France and Tone Kralj, Veno Pilon, Božidar Jakac), a venue for a rich social life and a starting point for visiting cities such as Dresden and Berlin.

The creations from the turning point and the crisis period of European history reflect the existential split and craving of the modern man. Among the Germans are the works of the socially engaged artist Käthe Kollwitz and members of the pioneer group Most (Die Brücke): Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Max Pechstein. Among the central Czech representatives, the emphasis is on the group Osmerica (Osma), which formed its aesthetics under the influence of Norwegian Edward Munch, German expressionism and Paris incentives: Emil Filla, Antonín Procházka, Bohumil Kubiza ... The starting point for the selection is the gallery of Bozidar Jakac, which collected materials for decades and became the focus of Slovenian expressionism.

The authors of the exhibition, created by the Gallery Božidar Jakac with the Czech Museum GASK (Galerie Středočeského kraje) from Kutna Hora, are Goran Milovanović and dr. Robert Simonišek. The curator of the current exhibition in GASK is Adriana Primusová. In addition to works from the collection of the Gallery Božidar Jakac and GASK, the exhibition also features works by: IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen eV) Stuttgart, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, Modern Galleries, National Museum of Contemporary History, National and the University Library in Zagreb, the Pilon Gallery, the Maribor Art Gallery and private collections.

borrowed works from the UGM Collection:
Fran Stiplovšek: Hasenclever, 1924, woodcut on paper, 40.3 x 24 cm (paper), inv. 1630 / G
Tone Kralj: Hungry, around 1920, wood, 30 x 43.5 x 36 cm, inv. 832 / K
Elsa Kasimir Oeltjen, Self Portrait, 1922, oil on canvas, 63 x 36 cm, inv. 1293 / S
Elsa Kasimir Oeltjen, Knealing Figure, 1921, black chalk on paper, 45.2 x 31.6 cm, UGM 1732 / R
Elsa Kasimir Oeltjen, Fight, black chalk on paper, 31 x 45.2 cm, UGM 1733 / R