It is our greatest pleasure to invite you to the Lovelies from the Files. Sudek and Sculpture exhibition. It will be opened from June 23, 2020 in the House of Photography, Prague City Gallery. The exhibition is the final outcome of the Sudek Project and it is accompanied by an extensive, generously illustrated scholarly publication. There is much to look forward to, including a rich accompanying program and a podcast!
The SUDEK PROJECT wishes you all the best in 2020! This year will see the project enter its final phase. The current team will work together for the next twelve months, and the project will culminate in the final exhibition at the Prague City Gallery that will be accompanied by a publication. Also, we will make the rest of our archive accessible on this website throughout the year, so there is still much to look forward to!
We cordially invite you to the Galerie Pod radnicí in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic, where we present two of our exhibitions, Sudek: Paintings and Reflections and In the Studio. They are open to viewing from 7–13 November, 2019 at Sychrova 16, Ústí nad Orlicí. Martin Pavlis from the Sudek Project team organized these events in collaboration with the Galerie Pod radnicí and the PPF Art curator Lucie Mlynářová.
On Tuesday, 22 October 2019, we are holding the third workshop organized under the auspices of the Sudek Project, this time under the guidance of conservator Kateřina Doležalová from the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The program will focus on the question of storing photographic negatives, also in institutions which might not possess adequate storing spaces. For more information, click HERE.
The photographs of art works by Josef Sudek were presented by Hana Buddeus in September 2019 as part of the second installment of the international workshop Confrontations / Sessions in East European Art History. The workshop was organized by Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes from University College London and is made possible by the kind support of the Getty Foundation.
When Sudek was using the panoramic 10 × 30 cm format, he needed absolute darkness for inputting the film into the camera. He had a custom-made bag fashioned for just this purpose. As we know from the recollections of Jan Strimpl and Jaroslav Kysela, Sudek would sometimes look very funny doing this – he looked like a big cocoon, or like a bear who unintentionally scared passers-by from the bushes. We are very grateful to Jan Strimpl who procured one of these bags for the collection of the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Thank you! Photo © Adéla Kremplová, model: František Hlaváč.
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition Sudek: Paintings and Reflections (Sudek: Obrazy a odrazy), which will take place on Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 6 pm at the gallery space of the photographer’s former studio (Ateliér Josefa Sudka, Újezd No. 30, Prague 1). The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Sudek Project and curated by Martin Pavlis, one of the project’s team members. The exhibition will be on display until 29 August 2019. The Facebook event is HERE. We are looking forward to seeing you!
The last published text of the late Vojtěch Lahoda, who died in March of 2019, was focused on Josef Sudek. The chapter “Josef Sudek – The Poet with a Camera / Josef Sudek – Básník s fotoaparátem” is part of a major and richly illustrated publication entitled Czech and Slovak Photo Publications, 1918–1989 / České a slovenské fotografické publikace, 1918–1989 (2018), prepared by the editor and collector of photographic books Manfred Heiting, in collaboration with the Steidl publishing house.
In the most recent issue of the journal Umění/Art (2018/5), published by the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, you can read an article by Hana Buddeus entitled Storing and/or Sharing: the Negative in the Commercial Work of Josef Sudek (published in English). The study focuses on the (unfortunately often neglected) phenomenon of the photographic negative, drawing specifically on Sudek’s examples.
Between May 22–24, 2019, the Croatian State Archives will be hosting a conference on conservation entitled Capturing the Past: A Symposium on Photograph Conservation. The Sudek Project will be represented by Kateřina Doležalová who will contribute her lecture entitled "The Sudek Collection From a Conservator's Point of View."