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Zbyněk Sekal

Zbyněk Sekal

Born July 12 1923, Prague
Lived in Prague (1923 – 1952)
Lived in Bratislava (1953 – 1958)
Lived in Prague (1958 – 1968)
Lived in Berlin (1969)
Lived in Vienna (1970 – 1998)
Died February 24 1998, Vienna

One of the most interesting Czech artists of the 1950s and 1960s. In spite of being closely linked to European cultural tradition, philosophy and literature, he did not align himself with any particular movement, tendency or group and remained strongly independent throughout his career. From 1970 he lived in Vienna, where his work went through further remarkable developments. He approached the worked material with an awareness of physical existence, deliberation and rigour. The strong background of thought reflected the artist’s life experiences, as well as his considerations and translations of literary works which concerned him.


sculpture, drawing, painting, graphics, collage, object, assemblage, books cover design

1934

studied at a high school and trade college

1940

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1941

17th November arrested for his activity in an illegal communist youth group, imprisoned at Pankrác and Terezín, from 6. 2. 1942 to 5. 5. 1945 at the Mauthausen concentration camp


1946

Not Without Her
Not Without Her (drawing)
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Untitled (Mill)
Untitled (Mill) (drawing)


1947

in Paris for the first time

1950


1951

worked as an editor in the Publishing House of Political Literature (later named Svoboda)

1954

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1957

Dead Head
Dead Head (sculpture)

Was member of May 57

1958

Big Bird (drawing)


1959

travelled to Moscow and Leningrad
Dwelling
Dwelling (sculpture)
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1960

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1961

the first solo exhibition (Gallery at Karlovo Square in Prague)
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1963

Dreyfuss
Dreyfuss (sculpture)
Beehive
Beehive (sculpture)


1964

Gmunden Ceramics Symposium (public program, Gmunden)

1965

Gmunden Ceramics Symposium (public program, Gmunden)
Zbyněk Sekal (solo exhibition, Prague)
Zbyněk Sekal: Sculptures - Reliefs. 1948–1965 (solo exhibition, Brno)

1966

Everyman
Everyman (painting)

International Sculptural Symposium (public program, Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland)

1967

International Sculpture Symposium (public program, Vyšné Ružbachy)

1969

on 13th September left for West Berlin using a scholarship from DAAD, the stay resulted in his final decision to emigrate

1970

created a large sculptural relief in the house of David Hansemann in Düsseldorf from September 1970 lived in Vienna till the end of his life


1973

Painter's Week in Eisenstadt (public program, Eisenstadt )

1974

became a member of the Wiener Secession

1977

created a stone altar, ambon and tabernacle in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lustenau, Vorarlberg, Austria

1980

Received grant from Stedelijk Museum


1985

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1989

first journey to Japan

1991

Zbyněk Sekal (solo exhibition, Salzburg)


1993


1994

became seriously ill


2002

Zbyněk Sekal (solo exhibition, Krems)


2014

Sekal and Japan (solo exhibition, Plzeň)

2015

on the 19th February the National Gallery in Prague opened a reconstruction of Sekal's last studio in Vienna as part of its permanent exhibition of modern and contemporary art
Sekal Studio (solo exhibition, Prague)
Zbyněk Sekal | Things Are Moving Forward Slowly (solo exhibition, Olomouc)

2017


2018

Zbyněk Sekal 95 (solo exhibition, Mikulov)

2019

Culmination / The Apex of Czech Fine Art (group exhibition, Prague)

Muzeum umění Olomouc 2011-2016