Jan Saudek

Born in 1935 - Czech Republic


Jan Saudek, born in Prague on May 13, 1935, is a representative of staged photography and is especially known for his nude photographs. After studies at a school for industrial photography in Prague in 1950-53, Jan Saudek came across the catalog of the photographic exhibit "Family of Man". Impressed by the pictures, he made a decision in 1963 to create his own artistic photographs. Already in the same year, Saudek’s first solo exhibit took place in Prague; further exhibits followed, for example in the USA, Australia, France and Germany.

A central theme in Saudek’s work is relationships – between man and woman, parent and child, particularly also sexual relationships. Some of his nude photos, because of their permissive poses, border on pornography.

In addition, the changes of human beings during all the phases of their lives fascinated him: Saudek often juxtaposes the ideal and flawless mercilessly with the decayed and aged. Thus in his pictures there are often older, plump nudes that do not correspond to conventional ideas of beauty. Jan Saudek sometimes accompanied his models for years – untreated nude series are produced that document the changes of a human being from youth into old age.

In the 1970’s he began to pose his models with props and costumes. A recurring theme in Saudek’s photographs is an old crumbly wall with flaking plaster that often serves as a background and which has turned up in his pictures time and again over the decades. Jan Saudek’s pictures were at first black-and-white; later he also began to color them in pastel colors. In this way, each photograph became an irreplaceable unique specimen. With their colored treatment, the photos are reminiscent of early color photography.

Saudek’s photographs are provocative – the extremely revealing, erotic poses in combination with the subsequent coloration shock many observers, but they can also have a comic and absurd or ironic-kitschy effect. Jan Saudek lives in Prague and also works as a painter. His paintings were exhibited in the Czech Parliament in Prague in 2008.

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Jan Saudek - Best of Saudek - in focus Galerie, Cologne

jan saudek - Pep + No Name Galerie, Basel

The Divine Comedy - Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana

Jan Saudek - Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje
Jan Saudek - PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan

Jan Saudek - Galleria Cà di Frà, Milan
Jan Saudek - Fotografie da una collezione privata - Galleria Cons Arc, Chiasso

Jan Saudek - Krisal Galerie, Geneva

Jan Saudek - Galerie Kyra Maralt, Berlin

Jan Saudek - Photo - Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels

Jan Saudek - Krisal Galerie, Geneva

Jean Saudek - Spectrum Sotos, Zaragoza
Jan Saudek - Victor Barsokevitsch Photographic Centre, Kuopio

Jan Saudek - Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Letter - Galerie 4, Cheb

Jan Saudek - Galerie Oliver Ahlers, Göttingen

Jan Saudek - Le Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse
Inszenierte Fotografie - Galerie David, Bielefeld

Jan Saudek - Beyond Baroque - Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Jan Saudek - Neue Arbeiten 1987-88 - FFI - Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt/Main

Jan Saudek - FFI - Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt/Main

Jan Saudek - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris

Photographs by Jan Saudek - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Icons & Titles - in focus Galerie, Cologne
Identity: Psychological Portraiture - Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
me and my muses - Galerie Steinek, Vienna

Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas - Gallery Millennium, Prague
A meno di non ricorrere a una fotografia - M & D ARTE, Gorgonzola
Collection Freddy Denaës - Ex nugis seria - Le Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse
Various Artists - From Collectors' Archives - Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Fotógrafos da Cena Contemporânea - Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo
Westlich Foto - & Kamrea Auktion - WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna
Un collectionneur ouvre ses tiroirs - le lac gele, Nîmes
Polaroid [Im]Possible - WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna
Fantômes et cauchemars - Espace culturel François Mitterrand, Beauvais
Fantômes et cauchemars - HISTORIAL DE LA GRANDE GUERRE, Peronne
Araki & Saudek - Krisal Galerie, Geneva
Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Nude Visions - 150 Jahre Körperbilder in der Fotografie - WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna
tra pittura e fotografia - sezione contemporanea dal 1960 al 2000 - Museo Ken Damy, Brescia
Nude Visions - 150 Jahre Körperbildung in der Fotografie - Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
Nude Visions. 150 Jahre Körperbilder in der Fotografie - MKG - Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg
From Wall to Wall. - OMC Gallery For Contemporary Art, Huntington Beach, CA
exposed - Aktfotografie des XX. Jahrhunderts - in focus Galerie, Cologne

EX NUGIS SERIA d'Afrique et d'ailleurs... - Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur Marne
Josef Sudek and Czech Photography - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
170 Jahre Fotografie - Kamera und Fotomuseum Leipzig, Leipzig
MESSIAHS - MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen
Tschechische Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts - Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Schöne neue Welt - galerie remixx, Graz
Tragedie Minuscule - Collection du FRAC Basse-Normandie - Galerie le Radar, Bayeux

The Third Side of the Wall - Moravska Galerie / Moravian Gallery, Brno
Biancaneve (e i 7 nani) - Guidi&Schoen - Arte Contemporanea, Genoa
Spiegelbilder des Lebens - Kamera und Fotomuseum Leipzig, Leipzig
Biennale di Alessandria - Shapes of Time - Biennale di Alessandria, Alessandria
INTRO 518 NOW 69 NOW* NOW 180 BONUS Q TRACK! - Karlin Studios, Prague
No cage for me! - Muzeum Umeni Olomouc, Olomouc

Man Ray bis Sigmar Polke. Eine besondere Fotogeschichte. Sammlung Barbara und Horst Hahn - Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Bietigheim-Bissingen
Precious Little Things - OMC Gallery For Contemporary Art, Huntington Beach, CA
Jan Saudek/Josef Sudek - - Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA (closed, 2011)
Jan Saudek und Sara Saudkova - Kamera und Fotomuseum Leipzig, Leipzig

Speaking with Hands - Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscow
Jan Saudek & Sarah Saudkova: "That´s Life" - in focus Galerie, Cologne
Revelation (Uppenbar(a)t) - Kulturhuset Stockholm, Stockholm
La Bellezza - La Permanente Milano, Milan
Flesh II - - Galeria Clave, Murcia (closed)
Without them, count on me - Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia
My Collection - Museo Ken Damy, Brescia

Summer Skin - Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
perdere la testa - Lattuada Studio, Milan
Bilderlust - Galerie Margareta Friesen, Dresden
La Photographie á l'Épreuve - IAC - Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne
"15 Jahre in focus Galerie“, Jubiläumsausstellung mit Fotografen der letzten 15 Jahre - in focus Galerie, Cologne

Aufruhr der Gefühle, Leidenschaften in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie und Videokunst - Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen
Cabinet photographique érotique - Galerie Steinek, Vienna
Aufruhr der Gefühle - Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, Braunschweig
"Aktuelle Positionen zur erotischen Fotografie", Gruppenausstellung - in focus Galerie, Cologne

Corpus Christi _ Christus-Darstellungen in der photographie, 1850-2001 - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
XXX - - Galleria Davide Di Maggio - Berlin, Berlin (closed, 2008)
Seduction - OMC Gallery For Contemporary Art, Dusseldorf
Transphotographiques 2003 - Transphotographiques, Lille

Artists on Show - Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels
Through the Looking Glass - Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Accrochage - Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels

Accrochage - Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels
Sára Saudková and Jan Saudek - Galerie 4, Cheb

10 Jahre in focus Galerie - in focus Galerie, Cologne

Blum, Försterling, Karsten, Saudek: "Erotische Meisterwerke" - in focus Galerie, Cologne
Missing Link. Menschen-Bilder in der Fotografie - Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern
Al di fuori di Pompei - Galerie Kyra Maralt, Berlin

Ficciones íntimas - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona

Double vie, Double vue - Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris

Figure/Form: The Nude in 20th Century Photography - Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Sin - Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

In the time - Galerie 4, Cheb
The body in the Czechoslovak photography 1900 – 1986 / T?lo v ?eskoslovenské fotografii 1900-1986 - Muzeum Kromerizska, Kromenz

Aktuální fotografie ze sbírek Moravské galerie v Brn? - Moravska Galerie, Brno

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