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News: Exhibition of czech surrealist posters in Prague
received from Pavel Rajcan and Jiri Kofron, Terry Posters, Prague

Backside of a brochure of the exhibition, with all the posters shown

Dreaming - Czechoslovak film poster inspired by Surrealism from Terry's Socks poster collection
March 3, 2014 - May 20, 2015
Aero, Oko and Svetozor cinemas, Prague, Czech Republic

In the end of 1920’s the Czech culture received a strong impulse from Surrealism. In the time of the Protectorate and Stalinism that followed, surrealists still worked in hiding. In the more liberated 1960’s the Surrealist aesthetics became more popularized and domesticated. The film poster is proof of that.

The mysterious, ambiguous, often even existential symbo- lism of Surrealism refers to aspects which officially had no place in the life of an individual, or a society: dreams, nightmares, jeopardy, death.

Designers of film posters were allowed to work more or less freely with surrealist language within applied arts, with the exception of eroticism which became a victim of censorship.

Surrealism had the strongest impact on the Czech affichiste Josef Vyletal who got influenced by this movement even in his free creation. He is the author of the richest and finest collection of the Czechoslovak film posters inspired by Surrealism.

Karel Teissig and Karel Machalek were also influenced by Surrealist aesthetics, while other notable poster designers Milan Grygar, Karel Vaca, or Zdenek Ziegler got inspired by it only marginally.

Later on, this aesthetics could be traced in film posters by Zdenek Kaplan, Karel Laštovka, Zdenek Palcr and Jirí Svoboda whose works are also a part of the exhibited collection.

The exhibition Dreaming – Czechoslovak Film Poster Inspired by Surrealism will present over 100 posters in 3 Prague cinemas: Aero, Oko and Svetozor.

Karel Teissig, 1978

Karel Machalek, 1969

Karel Teissig, 1965

Josef Vyletal, 1968

Karel Teissig, 1967

Josef Vyletal, 1968

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