Transformer Milan Langer

February 15 –  May 26, 2019

The exhibition and the monograph which is currently being prepared should reveal the breadth of the creative activities of Milan Langer (1944 - 2017), a thus-far underappreciated star and enfant terrible of visual art, all in one. We will discover his work starting with his early performance art from the late 60s, through his visual series, image poems and happenings all the way to the video-film Afterlife, completed in November of 2017. For a long time, his trademarks were paintings made using stencils and silk screen printing, which he began using more frequently after his arrival to Hradec Králové in 1975. Later, he expressed himself through canvas photo prints, objects, poems, and music. He focused most prominently on the moving image and collective, scenic performance art, which always featured a strong visual and musical component.

An important point in Langer’s career was a joint exhibition with Sir Peter Blake in the ambulatory of Prague’s Carolinum in the year 1994, in which Central-European pop-art was juxtaposed with original British pop-art. The two artists were also connected through their extension into the realm of music. Blake is the author of iconic Beatles album covers and Langer designed covers for the bands MAO and I.R.A.

Historian and art theoretician Jan Kříž values Langer’s intellectual approach, which does not shy away from playfulness and which can be considered a type of critical thinking. Langer had, and still has, a significant influence on the art and music scene in Hradec Králové, because he surrounded himself with young artists, with whom he often worked on collectively-authored projects under the name of Brutální Nikita and, later, as Art Division Team Victory Nox.

Bishop Josef Doubrava, art lover and patron

The Bequest of the Hradec Králové Bishop to the City of Hradec Králové

June 21 – September 22nd 2019

The exhibition will present a majority from the collection of paintings left to the city of Hradec Králové in 1919 by the Bishop Josef Doubrava for the planned Municipal Gallery. This generous gift, consisting of almost 100 paintings and works on paper, did not make it into the hands of the Hradec Králové Council until 1936 when it was displayed in the old Town Hall building and, later, moved into the museum, only for it to remain, for political reasons, permanently hidden from the eyes of the public after World War II. After over 70 years, the people of Hradec Králové will have the chance to see this beautiful collection, which contains works by František Ženíšek, Vojtěch Bartoňek, František Urban, Max Švabinský, Luďek Marold, Antonín Slavíček, Jaroslav Panuška and other Czech landscape painters.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a representative publication mapping the life of Josef Doubrava, with an emphasis on his love for art and his collaboration with the painter František Urban on the planning of the church in Grunt (in the Kolín district). Using available sources, the publication will also map the fate of Doubrava’s collection during the dramatic years of 1936-1963. The publication will also contain a list of all the paintings, drawings, and graphics available in the collection of the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové.
Curator: Petra Příkazská
Location: 5th floor, North (Graphics Cabinet + hallway, Studio)