A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM: EDGAR ALLAN POE AND ART IN THE CZECH LANDS

6 March 2020 - 22 November 2020

A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM: EDGAR ALLAN POE AND ART IN THE CZECH LANDS / SEN VE SNU: EDGAR ALLAN POE A UMĚNÍ V ČESKÝCH ZEMÍCH

Place Prague, Veletržní palác / Trade Fair Palace, Dukelských hrdinů 47, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer National Gallery Prague
More info http://www.ngprague.cz

This exhibition is devoted to reflections of the oeuvre of Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) in Czech art and the phenomenon of horror and fear in general. Poe's work continues to attract readers, and his short stories and poems inspire not only writers but also artists, film makers and musicians.

Artists took significant interest in Poe's literary oeuvre only after the writer's untimely death. This was mainly thanks to the poet Charles Baudelaire who translated Poe's works to French. As early as in the second half of the 19th century, prominent artists such as Edouard Manet, Odilon Redon, James Ensor and Gustave Doré created remarkable artworks inspired by Poe. Although the first Czech translations of Poe's woks date to the 1850s, artworks inspired by them only appeared several decades later, at the turn on the 20th century. Poe's poems and short stories inspired František Kupka and soon after him, Josef Váchal, Jan Konůpek and František Kobliha. Alfred Kubin, a German artist born in Bohemia, made illustrations for the German translation of Poe's collected stories. Later on, Alén Diviš and František Tichý created further Poe-inspired artworks. Poe was a source of inspiration for Jan Švankmajer and more recently, František Štorm and Jaroslav Róna.