The Gallery of West Bohemia Presents Artistic Rivals Filla and Kubišta
This summer, the Gallery of West Bohemia used its strongest weapons. Through the exhibition "Filla - Kubišta - A Pilsen Disputation”, it highlights the power of synergy and contrast of outstanding creative personalities who then influenced a whole new generation of other artists. The collection of the Gallery of West Bohemia which focuses on art from the second half of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, is considered one of the most important collections in the Czech Republic. Excellent collections of works of art by these two prominent representatives of modernism, Bohumil Kubišta (1884-1918) and Emil Filla (1882 - 1953), are among its greatest gems.
There is no doubt about the fact that thanks to both artists the Czech art scene experienced an extraordinary transformation. However, the exhibition also shows the connections which are not so well-known - especially the fact that both artists have vastly competed for recognition as leading artistic personalities. It is therefore very interesting to watch how and where the mutual rivalry of both artists moved not only their work but also the creations of other artists of their generation (e.g. George Kars, Otto Gutfreund, Josef Čapek, Jan Zrzavý, Václav Špála or Antonín Procházka).
The imaginative graphic concept of the exhibition, which, in each stage of the creations of both authors, attributes specific relationships in artistic communities, draws you directly into the artistic dialogue of these two rivalling personalities - you will become a part of it and you can immediately perceive how this dialogue influenced, changed, and shifted their work. The exhibition "Filla-Kubišta. Pilsen Disputation” can be visited in the Masné krámy Exhibition Hall until September 29, 2019. It is open every day except Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm.