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Oct 24, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019

12 worlds

The Czech Centre Seoul has opened for the sixth time in Korea an exhibition „12 Worlds“. The exhibition curated by a literary and art critic Radim Kopáč is taking place in the newly opened gallery My Art Museum in Seoul till December 15, 2019. It introduces a representative selection of 12 contemporary Czech comics and children’s book illustrators focusing on young and middle-aged authors acclaimed by critics and readers not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. Visitors are having a good opportunity to get acquainted with the works of Czech artists as David Böhm, Pavel Čech, Dan Černý, Lucie Dvořáková, Renáta Fučíková, Vendula Chalánková, Lucie Lomová, Galina Miklínová, Lenka Jasanská, Petr Nikl, Jaromír Plachý and Vhrsti. Each illustrator creates in a very original and absolutely different way an entirely new world full of fantasy, which can be experienced through the exhibition even by the youngest readers.

The project “12 Worlds” has followed on from a successful exhibition “11 Worlds” launched in the City of Prague Museum in 2012. After 5 years the content was updated and a new exhibition was created. The curator is a literary and art critic Radim Kopáč (1976), who published many books about history of culture and literature. In Korea the exhibition has been already launched at the Seoul International Book Fair, in the Dogok Library of Information and Culture, Gyeongui Line Book Street or BRT Gallery in Sejong City.

The high quality of Czech children’s book illustration has been recognized throughout the world thanks to such artists as Zdeněk Miler, Květa Pacovská, Miroslav Šašek, Jiří Trnka, Štěpán Zavřel and Helena Zmatlíková. But how is it today? What does the new generation of illustrators look like? Who is following in the footsteps of world-wide respected artists? Who is earning acclaim both at home and in the international arena? Look at the twelve names selected for the exhibition: each one is connected with an original style confirmed in numerous books praised by critics and readers alike; each work represents a special world of places, characters and events not only in words and pictures, but also in other media such as film, performances, music, theatre and photography. For example successful book “Oddsockeaters” by Galina Miklínová or comics album Anča & Pepík by Lucie Lomová were made into films or Petr Nikl interconnects words, pictures, performances and sounds in his works.

The exhibition represents 12 contemporary Czech illustrators and comics authors of young and middle-age, who focus on literature for children and youth. Selected artists belong to the top-level illustrators appreciated by critics and readers more and more gaining acclaim abroad. Each artist has his unique style, each artist creates his own world. So – welcome inside. To know another world is to possess another soul.

Period: 24.10. – 15.12.2019

Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10:00 – 20:00 (last entrance at 19:00 h)




My Art Museum, 518, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul


From: Oct 24, 2019
To: Dec 15, 2019


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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