The National Gallery Prague is preparing a retrospective of the work of František Kupka 1871–1957 in collaboration with the French Reunion de musées nationaux – Grand Palais and Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland.
The exhibition will show Kupka’s entire oeuvre, from his early works of the 1890s to his abstract artworks of the 1950s. Owing to cooperation with the French partner, a unique collection of oil paintings, works on paper, prints and documentary material could be assembled, and will be presented in the Grand Palais in Paris in spring 2018, then in the National Gallery in Prague in autumn 2019 (in an altered form) and then the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki in spring 2019. The Prague exhibition will show artworks from the National Gallery in Prague as well as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.
The chronological exhibition will be divided by theme to allow the viewer to follow the artist’s path from symbolism to abstraction (of which Kupka was an originator). The retrospective will focus on Kupka’s symbolist paintings, first expressionist portraits, the path to abstract art, color verticals, the vocabulary of forms and colors, machinism and geometric abstraction. The many artworks on paper will show Kupka as a satirical draughtsman and brilliant illustrator, an artist interested in philosophy, Greek and Roman art, religion, and science.