Galerie moderního umění
v Hradci Králové

GMU Edition

The GMU edition is a publishing platform that not only ensures its own production, but also the promotion and distribution of the published titles. Our publishing scheme mirrors the gallery exhibitions. As of 2019, GMU focuses to publish quality titles such as monographs, study texts, educational texts, proceedings for professionals, or translations of notable works. Our publications are distributed across the Czech Republic, and therefore you can buy them not only in our e-shop, but they are also available at bookstores.

GMU publications in 2020

In 2020, Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové collaborated with Jindřich Chalupecký Society and BiggBoss Books to publish a book by Matyáš Chochola called Scent of Success. Scent of Success is an artistic experiment utilizing the lettrism technique, where words and images are intuitively arranged to form new compositions and free units. The book also contains Chochola’s gestic word art creations. People who helped create the book include Alexander Puškin, who contributed raw animal drawings and whole-page surreal visions. Ondřej Šorm is responsible for graphic design, while Petra Nováková is the book editor. The book was made possible by funds provided by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

New permanent exhibitions were accompanied by two comprehensive catalogues, authored by the exhibition curators. The Last Fifty Years, written by Tomáš Pospiszyl, a leading Czech art scholar, presents a range of topics covering various art forms, approaches and trends, omitting the traditional chronological point of view. Instead, it emphasizes diversity of art language of a large group of male and female artists, including the young generation. The Last Century – Twenty Artists is another catalogue that drops the traditional chronological point of view. Instead, this publication chooses to present works of 20 distinctive artists. It is written by Petra Příkazká, who is s GMU Curator. It includes texts by Kateřina Křížkovská and Judita Kožíšková. Both catalogues were made possible by funds provided by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Anna Štysová was the graphic designer of both catalogues.

In 2020, GMU Edition published a few leaflets to accompany its temporary exhibitions that includes texts by our curators. Cindy Kutíková and Jiří Mocek were the graphic designers of the leaflets:

  • Matyáš Chochola | Dějiny lidstva, Petra Příkazská
  • Nekousavě kousati | Dar Vladimíra Preclíka Královéhradeckému kraji, Kateřina Křížkovská
  • Petra Malinová | Z úcty k hlíně, Anna Zemanová
  • Dalibor Bača | Za kulisou, Rado Ištok
  • Dalibor Bača | Behind the Scenes, Rado Ištok
  • Petr Stanický | Jiný prostor, Anna Zemanová
  • Jiří Hilmar | Nalézat ztracenou rovnováhu, Ilona Víchová

Two more leaflets were published in 2019. About the Building included a text by Ladislav Zikmund-Lender, an architecture historian. The leaflets focus on the history of the building. The second one, called Stations of the Cross in the 21st Century is a guide to a collection of sculptures, installed outdoors between villages Stanovice and Žireč near Kuks. The guide was written by Kateřina Křížkovská.

GMU publications in 2019

2019 saw publication of a large volume dedicated to the life of Josef Doubrava, Bishop of Hradec Králové. The book explains that the bishop was a lover of art. He worked closely with František Urban, whom he commissioned to paint the interiors of a church in Grunta (Kolín District). The book includes texts authored by Tereza Cachová, Marcel Fišer, Judita Kožíšková, Kateřina Křížkovská, Radek Norbert Martinek, Lucie Podhrázská Dušková, Petra Příkazská and Zuzana Vávrová. Publishing of the book was made possible by financial support od Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Hradec Králové City Council.

Two more exhibition catalogues were published in 2019: Jiří Načeradský & Lubormír Typlt: A Cross Section is an exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with exhibition of the same name held at GMU. It contains an essay written by Petr Vaňous, who was the exhibition curator. The essay covers life and work of Jiří Načeradský and his pupil Lubomír Typlt, a contemporary artist. Another catalogue that the gallery published in 2019 is called Landscape Hidden Inside the World – Pictures of the Orlické Mountains. The catalogue includes text written by the exhibition curator Klára Zářecká and Vlastimil Tokoš, art theorist. The catalogue lists authors who were active in the geographical region of the Orlické Mountains over the period spanning from early 19th century to present. The catalogue also served as a guide for the exhibition, each chapter corresponding to a part of the exhibition.