Ladislav Postupa

Born in 1929 - Czech Republic


Ladislav Postupa is a Czech artist born in 1929, he died in 2016.

He was an important avant garde photographer after the war. He was a heir of the tradition of surrealist photography, and followed the same line as artists like Emila Medkova, Wiskovsky, Funke and Vilem Reichmann. A designer by profession, his pieces are often the result of a research that is at the boundary between photography and design.

He is interested in found objects, he transform them in visual messages through his imagination. The composition and the tones of his work are clear and often contain items depicting a hint of sarcasm.

His work has been exhibited in more than thirty private exhibitions and more than twenty group exhibitions in Czech Republic and abroad. The old socialist system of the country has not given a lot of opportunities for the artist to present his work in the international scene but he has been part of several important collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the European House of Photography in Paris and the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago.

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Solo exhibitions:
2009: Liberec, Regional Gallery
2009: Nessim Gallery, Budapest
2009: Galerie Maurer, MüNchen
2004: Jindrichov Hradec, Natinal Museum of Photography
1999: Prague, Czech Center of Photography
1999: Náchod, Stat Gallery of Fine Arts
1999: Jablonec nad Nisou, Town Gallery
1997: Turnov, District Museum
1996: Prague, Gallery Paideia
1994: Prague, Gallery DAP
1993: Prague, Gallery Union of Czech Photographs,
1993: Liberec, Regional Gallery
1990: Rumburk, city Museum
1988: Varnsdorf, Municipal Museum
1988: Louny, Gallery of the Arts of Benedikt Rejt
1979 : Liberec, Northbohemian Museum, cabinet of Photography
1970 : Liberec, Northbohemian Museum, cabinet of Photography
1968 : Karlovy Vary, Regional Gallery of Arts
1967 : Louny, Gallery of Arts of Benedikt Rejt

Sole exhibitions in abroad:
1999: Zittau, Gallery Kunstlade
1988: Leipzig, Nikolikirche, Kunstdiest
1987 : Meissen, Frauenkirche, Kunstdiest
1987 : Dresden, Altmarkt, Kuntdienst

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