František Kupka

Born in 1871 - Czech Republic

BIOGRAPHY

František Kupka (September 23, 1871, Opocno, Eastern Bohemia – June 24, 1957, Puteaux, France), also known as Frank Kupka or François Kupka, was a Czech painter and graphic artist.

He was a pioneer and co-founder of the early phases of the abstract art movement and Orphic cubism (Orphism), with Vassili Kandinsky, Gino Severini, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevitch et Robert Delaunay. Kupka's abstract works arose from a base of realism, but later evolved into pure abstract art.

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EXHIBITIONS

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2012
Ma Galerie - Galerie le Minotaure, Paris
Frantisek Kupka - Modrá - Galerie výtvarného um?ní v Ostrav?, Dum umeni, Ostrava
2010
František Kupka - ?ty?i p?íb?hy bílé a ?erné - Galerie výtvarného um?ní v Ostrav?, Dum umeni, Ostrava
František Kupka. Obras de la Colección del Centre Pompidou - Museo Picasso Málaga, Málaga
2009
Frantisek Kupka - Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
2008
František Kupka - Milan Dobes Museum, Bratislava
Frantisek Kupka - Galerie moderního um?ní v Hradci Králové / Gallery of Modern Art, Hradec Králové
Vier Geschichten Über Weiss und Schwarz - Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
2005
Kupka, Le Cantique des cantiques - Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, Paris
Poj?te si hrát s panem malí?em Františkem Kupkou - Galerie výtvarného um?ní v Ostrav?, Nová sí?, Ostrava
2004
Kupka Kupk? - Výstava z díla Františka Kupky - Severo?eská galerie výtvarného um?ní, Litom??ice
František Kupka - Die Sammlung des Musée National d’Art Moderne - LWL - Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Münster
Frantisek Kupka - Musée Fabre, Montpellier
2003
KUPKA - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), Strasbourg
Frantisek Kupka - La collection du Centre Pompidou - Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne
František Kupka - Eine Retrospektive - Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
2002
Frank Kupka - Galerie Louis Carré & Cie, Paris
2001
Frantisek Kupka and Otto Gutfreund in the Jan and Meda Mladek Collection - Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest
Frantisek Kupka - Pori Taidemuseo / Pori Art Museum, Pori
1999
Kupka - Waldes: The Artist and His Collector - Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
1998
Frantisek Kupka ou La naissance de l'abstraction - Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels
Kupka. Localización de móviles gráficos 1912-1913 - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
1997
Painting The Universe - Frantisek Kupka - Pioneer Of Abstraction - Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
1994
Frantisek Kupka - Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
1992
Frank Kupka - Vier Geschichten über Weiß und Schwarz, Sammlung Etzold - Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
1987
Frank Kupka - Vier Geschichten über Weiß und Schwarz, Holzschnitte (1926) aus der Sammlung Etzold - Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
1981
Frank Kupka - Galerie Gmurzynska - Köln, Cologne
1976
Franz Kupka - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
1967
Frank Kupka 1871-1957 - Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
1961
Frank Kupka - Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich


GROUP

2015
The Building of a State: The Representation of Czechoslovakia in Art, Architecture and Design - National Gallery Prague - Veletržní Palace, Prague
Flirting with Strangers - 21er Haus, Vienna
Artists And Prophets. Schiele, Hundertwasser, Kupka, Beuys And Others - National Gallery Prague - Veletržní Palace, Prague
Les Avant- Gardes Tcheques A Paris - Galerie Le Minotaure, Paris
Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Les Clefs d'une passion - Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Modern and post-war art / Contemporary art / Photography - Galerie Pecka, Prague
Modern and post-war art / Contemporary art / Photography - galerie 5. patro, Prague
Künstler Und Propheten. Eine Geheime Geschichte Der Moderne 1872-1972 - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
2014
Important sales - Galerie Kodl, Prague
Špála, ?apek, Filla, Kupka. - Regional Gallery of Fine Arts - Zlin, Zlín
Freundliche Übernahme. Künstler zeigen ihre Sammlung - MARTa Herford, Herford
Friendly Takeover - MARTa Herford, Herford
Formes simples - Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
Arshile Gorky and the Collection - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
2013
Modernités Plurielles 1905-1970 - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Unbekannte Moderne - Aus Tschechien und Mitteleuropa - Zeit Kunst Niederösterreich - Landesgalerie Für Zeitgenössische Kunst, St. Pölten
Dekadenz - Positionen des österreichischen Symbolismus - Belvedere, Vienna
New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
Un été au bord de l'eau - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen
Umelecké poklady.Secesia. - City Gallery of Bratislava / Galéria mesta Bratislavy, Bratislava
2012
Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Dans l'oeil du spectateur - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Vogelmen Diaries - Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg
Nap?í? krajinou - Galerie výtvarného um?ní v Ostrav?, Dum umeni, Ostrava
Sélection D'oeuvres Sur Papier Xixème Et Xxème Siècles - Jane Roberts Fine Arts, Paris
Masters of the Poster: Posters of the Belle Époque from the Collection of Museum of West Bohemia - Museum of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Pilsen
2011
Dance Your Life - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
An Exhibition of European Art 1850-2010 - Waterhouse & Dodd, London
Masterpieces Of The 20th Century From The Collection Of The Valencia Institute Of Modern Art (ivam) - Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscow
Obras maestras de la pintura en la Colección del IVAM. Pasado, presente y futuro - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
50 Meisterwerke. Das Kunstmuseum Bochum zu Gast in Heilbronn - Kunsthalle Vogelmann, Heilbronn
Wassily Kandinsky, František Kupka, and Arnold Schönberg - Museum Kampa - The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, Prague
L’abstraction en Europe : le choix d’un collectionneur allemand - Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul
Circa 1900: Decorative Arts at the Turn of the Century - MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
Abstrakter Raum - Formationen der Klassischen Moderne - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
DYNAMIK! Kubismus / Futurismus / KINETISMUS - Belvedere, Vienna
2010
Chagall, Kupka, deux visions du Cantique des Cantiques - Musée Marc Chagall, Nice
On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Konstruktiv! - Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf
Parallel Remix - Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York City, NY
The Moderns - Revolutions in Art and Science 1890-1935 - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
Le Rêve - Der Traum - Motiv und Metapher - Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum
2009
Nackte und Akte - Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum
Tanz der Farben - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Futurismo. Avanguardia-Avanguardie - Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
La Sombra - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Darwin - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
2008
Financial crisis ...from our stock - Jiri Svestka Prague, Prague
Cosmos: en busca de los orígenes. De Kupka a Kubrick - TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Le Futurisme à Paris, Une avant-garde explosive - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Mehransichtigkeiten - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
Motivation - Work - Implement - Jiri Svestka Prague, Prague
Exoticisms in 20th-century Art in Bohemia and Moravia / Exotismy ve výtvarném um?ní XX. století v ?echách a na - The East Bohemian Gallery / Východo?eská galerie, Pardubice
Traces du Sacré - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
Exoticisms in 20th-century Art in Bohemia and Moravia / Exotismy ve výtvarném um?ní XX. století v ?echách a na - Galerie výtvarného um?ní v Hodonín?, Hodonín
Liebe. Love. Paare - Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm
2007
Exoticisms in 20th-century Art in Bohemia and Moravia - Czech Museum of Fine Arts - Ceské muzeum vytvarných umeni v Praze, Prague
?eské výtvarné um?ni 19. století ve sbírkách Galerie moderního um?ní - Galerie moderního um?ní v Hradci Králové / Gallery of Modern Art, Hradec Králové
Liebe. Love. Paare - Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg
Schilders van de Ziel. Symbolisme in Frankrijk - Singer Laren, Laren
Eye-Music: Kandinsky, Klee and all that Jazz - University of East Anglia, Norwich
regard 03 : Surprise concrète - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Il Futuro del Futurismo - GAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
Eye-Music - Klee, Kandinsky and all that Jazz - Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex
František Kupka - Piet Mondrian - Museum Kampa - The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, Prague
Lo[s] Cinético[s] - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
2006
Czech volunteers in France during World War - František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund - Museum Kampa - The Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation, Prague
...von Linie und Frabe ... Von Kubismus bis Dadaismus - Galerie Stolz Berlin, Berlin
Review - 25 Jahre Österreichische Ludwig Stiftung - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , Vienna
Ligne Couleur Espace - Galerie Natalie Seroussi, Paris
New Heroes - Jiri Svestka Prague, Prague
Cubist art from the Triton Foundation - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
Kresba 19. století ve sbírce Z?G v Plzni - Zapadoceska galerie, Pilsen
2005
?eské um?ní 19. století ze sbírky - Galerie výtvarného um?ní v Ostrav?, Dum umeni, Ostrava
Dreams in the Abstract: Paintings 1933 - 2005 - Tobey Fine Arts, New York City, NY
The Pleasure of Your Company: Private View Cards and Invitations from the Collec - Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Le chant rythmique de l'esprit, arts de l'Islam et abstraction géométrique - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
BIG BANG - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
The Fascination with the Mechanical - von Bartha Collection, Basel
Von Spitzweg bis Baselitz - Streifzüge durch die Sammlung Würth - Museum Würth, Künzelsau
Visual Music - MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Action Painting. Arte americana 1940 - 1970: dal disegno all'opera - Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena
Modern in Europe - Featuring Selections from the Collection of Gladys and Sam Ru - Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Sons & Lumières: Une histoire du son dans l'art du XXe siècle - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
František Kupka & August Macke - Der Rhythmus der Farbe - Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
Arte y utopía - La acción restringida - Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
33 protagonist of avant-garde movements - Milan Dobes Museum, Bratislava
Support - Die Neue Galerie als Sammlung - 1950 - Heute - Neue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Accrochage aus den Beständen der Galerie - Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
Look Light / Ejhle sv?tlo - Prague Castle Riding School, Prague
2003
Look light/Ejhle svetlo - Moravska Galerie / Moravian Gallery, Brno
From Picasso to Pollock - Classics of Modern Art - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
A Century of Painting - From Renior to Rothko - Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas, NV
HIMMELSCHWER - Transformationen der Schwerkraft - Minoriten Kultur, Graz
Himmelsschwer - Transformationen der Schwerkraft - Landesmuseum Joanneum / Volkskunde, Graz
Musical analogies - Kandinski and his Contemporaries - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
2002
Wilderness - Nature, Soul, Language - Galerie Klatovy / Klenová GKK, Klenová
Graphische Sammlung II - Akrobaten, Harlekine Und Amazonen - Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst
2001
Works of Frantisek Kupka and Otto Gutfreund from the Collection of Jan and Meda - Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, Budapest
Oeuvres sur papier - Galerie Denise René - Espace Marais, Paris
Collector Ji?í Kolá? - National Gallery Prague - Veletržní Palace, Prague
Masterpieces and Master Collectors - Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Ornament und Abstraktion - Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
2000
L'école de Paris, 1904-1929 - La part de l'Autre - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
Actual Infinity / Aktuální nekone?no - Billek VIlla, Prague
Wings of Glory - Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
Živly - Czech Museum of Fine Arts - Ceské muzeum vytvarných umeni v Praze, Prague
Art concret - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
From Cubism to Minimalism - A selection of Works by World Leading Artists - Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
The End of the World? - National Gallery Prague - Kinský Palace, Prague
Farbe > Licht - Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
Cosmos - From Goya to De Chirico from Friedrich to Kiefer - Palazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice
1999
Les Peintres de l'âme. Le Symbolisme idéaliste en France. - Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels
Kurt Schwitters y el espiritu de la utopía - Fundación Juan March, Madrid
1998
Abstraction - Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
1997
Czech Imaginative Art - Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
Frantisek Kupka und Otto Gutfreund. Zwei Wegbereiter der Moderne. - Haus der Kunst München, Munich
1996
Krajina duše. Ceské výtvarné umenie na prelome 19. a 20. storocia - East - Slovakian Gallery Kosice, Kosice
1995
46th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
1994
Europa, Europa - Das Jahrhundert der Avantgarde in Mittel- und Osteuropa - Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
1992
The Non-Objective World - Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
1991
Painting in the Prism: Friends of Sonia and Robert Delaunay - Galerie Gmurzynska - Köln, Cologne
Kunst Des 20. Jahrhunderts Aus Der Tschechoslowakei - Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst
Obras maestras de la colección Guggenheim. De Picasso a Pollock - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
1989
Expression In Czech Visual Arts - The East Bohemian Gallery / Východo?eská galerie, Pardubice
60 Meisterwerke aus der Solomon R. Gugenheim Foundation - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1986
The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Expressionisten - Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Pioneers of Abstract Art from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection - Galerie Gmurzynska - Köln, Cologne
1985
Contrasts of Form: Geometric Abstract Art 1910-1980 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1984
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Indianapolis, IN
1983
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - New Orleans Museum of Art NOMA, New Orleans, LA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
1982
Filla, Gutfreund, Kupka - Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1981
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
1980
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
1979
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1978
A Treasury of Modern Drawing: The Joan and Lester Avnet Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1977
Tendenzen der 20er Jahre - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1976
Modern Masters - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
Geometric Abstract Art from the Lillian H. Florsheim Foundation - The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1974
Gods, Heroes and Shepherds - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Seurat to Matisse: Drawing in France - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1973
Art Deco - Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418, Chicago, IL
Works on Paper - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1971
Ways of Looking - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1969
Biennale Nürnberg 1969 - Konstruktive Kunst : Elemente und Prinzipien - Biennale Nürnberg, Nuremberg
1967
Drawings: Recent Acquisitions - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1966
Von Impressionismus zum Bauhaus - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
1964
Tschechische und Slowakische Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts - Residenzschloss/ Georgenbau, Dresden
Tschechische und Slowakische Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts - Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1962
Accrochage - Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich
1961
Paintings from the Arensberg and Gallatin Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
1960
Modern Master Drawings, Watercolors, And Collages - Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Indianapolis, IN
1958
Europäische Graphik der Gegenwart - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
1957
IV Bienal Do Museu De Arte Moderna De São Paulo - Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
The Sphere of Mondrian - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
1955
documenta 1 - Documenta, Kassel
1951
I Bienal de São Paulo 1951 - Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
1948
Tendances de l’art abstrait - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris
1937
Cubism and Abstract Art - GRAM - Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Cubism and Abstract Art - The RISD Museum - University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
Cubism and Abstract Art - The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Cubism and Abstract Art - The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
1936
Cubism and Abstract Art - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Cubism and Abstract Art - Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Cubism and Abstract Art - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Cubism and Abstract Art - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

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