Josef Václav Škoda (1901–1949) was an important interwar sculptor with close ties to Hradec Králové and the city’s surroundings. His works for the public space helped to shape an important era in the city’s history thanks to which Hradec Králové came to be called the “salon of the republic”.
His art also contributed to “building” the identity of the Czechoslovak Republic, which after its founding in 1918 needed to find its own distinctive artistic language and symbols that would distinguish it from the defunct Austria-Hungary. Hradec Králové and the nearby surroundings are home to more than ten
works by Škoda, including monuments to historical figures and politicians active at the time, allegorical sculptures, and sculptural decorations of architecture. Important examples of Škoda’s oeuvre are the monuments commemorating the two world wars that he designed for Piletice, Blešno, Svinary, and Pouchov. The exhibition aims to highlight the significance of Škoda’s sculptural work, which helped to cultivate public space in Hradec Králové.
Set out in the footsteps of bronze and stone to discover thirteen works of art in the public space of Hradec Králové. The map has been produced to go with the exhibition Traces of Bronze and Stone: Josef Václav Škoda, held by the Gallery of Modern Art in Hradec Králové. It will guide you to thirteen locations associated with Škoda’s work in the city and its surroundings, including monuments, memorials, and allegorical sculpture groups. Clicking on a selected item displays photographs of the work’s current state, along with dates and a description.
The text was written by Jan Florentýn Báchor; the photographs are by Miroslav Podhrázský.
In the front: Josef Václav Škoda, CONFLUENCE OF THE ELBE AND ORLICE RIVERS (undated); in the back: Josef Václav Škoda, STUDY FOR CONFLUENCE OF THE ELBE AND ORLICE RIVERS (undated)