Combining enthusiasm for the radically new world view of cubist art with a desire to establish an autonomous aesthetic as well as political presence, the Czech cubists produced not only powerful visionary work, but also went beyond theory to practice. Czech Cubism: Architecture and Design, 1910–1925 brings together the work of a group of Czech artists, architects, and designers who—inspired by the cubist canvasses of Picasso, Braque, and others—attempted to extend the aesthetic and philosophical intentions of early twentieth-century avant-garde painting and sculpture to the realization of buildings, monuments, furniture, and applied art.
Conceived by Milena Lamarová, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, and Vladimir Šlapeta, National Technical Museum, Prague. Produced in association with the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein. Adapted by Irena Žantovská Murray, McGill University, with Eve Blau, Adjunct Curator, CCA, and David McFadden, Curator of Decorative Arts, Cooper-Hewitt.