Anna Zemánková

December 15,2018 to March 16,2019

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„Born 1901. Lives in Prague. Her apparently sweet and docile flower paintings leave a poisonous aftertaste.“
Roger Cardinal (1979)

Anna Zemánková (1908-1986) was a self-taught Czech artist. In the early 1960s, at the age of over fifty, she took up artistic practice for the first time when suffering from depression. It was in the early pre-dawn hours between four and seven o’clock, in silence and solitude, and before devoting herself to domestic duties, when she created her bizarre and mystical herbarium of flowers and plants on paper. Characteristic of her work is a phenomenally complex combination of ink, pastel, perforations, and textile threads, creating a feverish and ominously beautiful botanical world of shapes.

Anna Zemánková received recognition for her art, particularly among fellow artists. although it was difficult to exhibit publicly when Czechoslovakia was under Soviet influence. Works by Anna Zemánková were exhibited the seminal exhibition “Outsiders,” curated by Roger Cardinal and Victor Musgrave,in 1979 at the Hayward Gallery in London. In 1987, a year after her death, the Serpentine Gallery in London showed her work in a group exhibition. Her work is represented in major collections such as the Prinzhorn Collection (Germany), the Collectie De Stadshof (Netherlands), and Jean Dubuffet’s Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne (Switzerland).
Anna Zemánková’s work is represented in major collections such as the Prinzhorn Collection, Heidelberg (Germany), the Collectie De Stadshof (Netherlands), and Jean Dubuffet’s Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne (Switzerland). It has been shown at the Venice Biennale (2013), the Collection de l’Art Brut (2016) and is currently being shown in three museum shows: Extravaganza, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira (Portugal), Flying High: Women Artists of Art Brut at Kunstforum Wien (Austria), and Gewächse der Seele: Floral Fantasies between Symbolism and Outsider Art, Sammlung Prinzhorn, Heidelberg (Germany).

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“Geboren 1901. Lebt in Prag. Ihre scheinbar süßen und sanften Bilder von Blumen hinterlassen einen giftigen Nachgeschmack.”
Roger Kardinal (1979)

Anna Zemánková (1908-1986) war eine autodidaktische tschechische Malerin und Zeichnerin. In den frühen 1960ern, mit über fünfzig Jahren, wendete sie sich erstmals dem künstlerischen Schaffen zu, nachdem sie an einer Depression erkrankte. Obwohl sie gelernte Zahntechnikerin war, widmete sie sich tagsüber, wie damals üblich, den häuslichen Pflichten. Zum künstlerischen Arbeiten blieben ihr die frühen Morgenstunden zwischen vier und sieben Uhr, in denen sie in Stille und Einsamkeit ein bizarres, mystisches Herbarium von Blumen und Pflanzen auf Papier erschuf. Charakteristisch für ihr Werk ist eine Kombination aus Tusche, Pastell, Perforierungen und Textilfäden, mit der sie eine fieberhafte und bedrohlich schöne botanische Welt heraufbeschwört.

Anna Zemánková erhielt Anerkennung für ihre Kunst, vor allem unter Kollegen. Allerdings war es schwierig, öffentlich auszustellen, als die Tschechoslowakei unter sowjetischem Einfluss stand. Werke von Anna Zemánková wurden 1979 in der Hayward Gallery in London in der von Roger Cardinal und Victor Musgrave kuratierten wegweisenden Ausstellung “Outsiders” gezeigt. 1987, ein Jahr nach ihrem Tod, zeigte die Serpentine Gallery in London ihre Arbeiten in einer Gruppenausstellung. Ihre Werke sind in bedeutenden Sammlungen wie der Prinzhorn Collection (Deutschland), der Collectie De Stadshof (Niederlande) und Jean Dubuffets Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne (Schweiz) vertreten.
Anna Zemánkovás Werk ist in bedeutenden Sammlungen wie der Prinzhorn Collection, Heidelberg (Deutschland), der Collectie De Stadshof (Niederlande) und Jean Dubuffets Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne (Schweiz) vertreten. Es wurde auf der Biennale in Venedig (2013), der Collection de l’Art Brut (2016) gezeigt und wird derzeit in drei Museumsschauen gezeigt: Extravaganza, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira (Portugal), Flying High: Women Artists of Art Brut am Kunstforum Wien (Österreich) und Gewächse der Seele: Florale Fantasien zwischen Symbolismus und Außenseiterkunst, Sammlung Prinzhorn, Heidelberg (Deutschland).

Anna Zemánková

* 1908 in Olomouc, Austria-Hungary
† 1986 in Mníšek pod Brdy, Czechoslovakia

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

  • 2018

    Weiss Berlin, Berlin, Germany

  • 2017

    The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
    Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 2015

    Twilight Before Dawn: Anna Zemánková, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 2014

    Preview Birdman , Galerie Gugging, Maria Gugging, Austria

  • 2013

    Anna Zemánková: Hortus Deliciarum, Christian Berst Gallery, Paris, France

  • 2012

    Anatomia Metamorphosis, Saarländische Galerie, Berlin, Germany / Hyogo Prefectural Museum, Tokyo, Japan / Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima City, Japan

  • 2011

    Anatomia Metamorphosis, Museum Montanelli, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 2009

    Anatomia Metamorphosis, collection abcd, Paris, France
    Czech Organism, Yukiko Koide Presents, Tokyo, Japan
    By Magical Means—Drawings by Anna Zemánková, Pollock Gallery, Dallas, United States

  • 2008

    Visions Drawn Before Dawn: A Centennial Celebration of Anna Zemánková, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Galerie Havelka, Prague, Czech Republic
    Sardine collée au mur, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2006

    Magical Vision of Eva Dropová and Anna Zemánková, Galerie X, Bratislava, Slovakia
    Flowers of Passion- Anna Zemánková, Galerie Na Palube, Olomouc, Czech Republic

  • 2005

    Anna Zemánková: Plants of dreams, Colon books exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2000

    Gallery Hamer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Galerie Susanne Zander, Köln, Germany

  • 1999

    Drawings by Anna Zemánková, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    L’Art Brut: Anna Zemánková, Curator, Vienna, Austria

  • 1997

    Exotic Species: The Art of Anna Zemánková, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, United States

  • 1993

    The Lark of Exaltation: Mediumistic Drawings by Anna Zemánková, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Bohumil Zemánek and Mrs. Zemánkova, Moravska Galerie, Brno / Václav Spála Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 1990

    Fine Arts Gallery, Cheb, Czechoslovakia

  • 1982

    Fantasy Labyrinth (+C. Markova), Divdlo hudby, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia

  • 1980

    The Imaginative Works of Anna Zemánková, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia

  • 1969

    The Fantastic Works of Anna Zemánková, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 1966

    Anna Zemánková: barevné kresby, Divaldo Na zabrádlí, Prague, Czechoslovakia

  • 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970

    Dny otevřených dveři (Open Door Days), Prague, Czechoslovakia

Group Exhibitions (selected)

  • 2019

    Flying High: Künstlerinnen der Art Brut, Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria

  • 2017

    Bodies Electric: Luboš Plný & Anna Zemánková, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    “resisit”, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 2016

    World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, United States
    Museum of Everything, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Flower Blooms and Other Worlds, Muzeum Umení Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic

  • 2015

    Spirited Women: Drawing Down Fire, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    I Saw the Earth Like a Broken Egg, Christian Berst Art Brut, New York, United States
    Botanical, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan (WI), United States
    Outsider Art, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, The Netherlands
    In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: 30 Years of Cavin-Morris, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 2014

    Freshet: Old Loves, New Directions, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    NYC Metro Show, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 2013

    Palazzo Encyclopedico, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
    Restless II! A Mix, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Museum of Everything, Frieze, London, Great Britain

  • 2012

    Od Tizina po Warhola, Olomouc Art Museum, Czech Republic
    The Museum of Everything, Chalet Society, Paris, France
    Darker Stars: The Roots of Steampunk Art, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 2011

    25 Years of Collecting Self-Taught Artists, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Art Brut and Then Some, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 2008

    New Views, Re-Views, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Art Brut: Collection abcd, Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
    Art Brut in Czech Lands, Olomouc Art Museum, Czech Republic
    Homage to Anna Zemánková, Galerie souboru lidové architektury, Olomouc, Slovakia

  • 2007

    Field Notes, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    INSITA 2007, SNG, Bratislva, Slovakia

  • 2006

    Parallel Visions II, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, United States
    Inner Worlds Outside, Sala de exposiciones de la Foundacion La Caixa, Madrid, Spain / Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom / Irish Museum of Art, Dublin, Ireland
    Male Radosti, Sbirka Dany a Pavla Konecynch Galerie, Jirho Jilka, Sumperk, Czech Republic

  • 2005

    Multiflorous, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, United States
    Important Works by Self-Taught Artists, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Passion and Action, abc d’une collection d’art brut, House of Shiseido, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2004

    Vernacular Visionaries: International Outsider Art in Context, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, United States
    Tsjechische L’art brut tcheque, Musée d’Art Spontané, Brussels, Belgium
    A corps perdu. Abcd, une collection d’art brut, Pavillone des arts, Paris, France
    Syrové umění. Sbírka Jana a Evy Švankmajerových, Moravská galerie v Brné, Klenová, Czech Republic

  • 2003

    Outsider Art: The Inner Worlds of Self-Taught Artists, The Gallery at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Princeton, United States
    Intuitive Design, The Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-taught and Outsider Art, Milwaukee, United States
    L’Art Brut Tchèque, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France
    Insights: Self-taught Artists for the 21st Century, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 2002

    Artists’ Artists: Year Review, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Eight From Europe: A Study Collection, Intuit: The Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, United States

  • 2001

    Une Collection d’Art Brut, ABCD, Paris, France
    Keeping the Faith: Works by Self-Taught Artists, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Prague-Gnosis: Anna Zemankova & Jindrick Vik, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    The Anthony Petullo Collection of Outsider and Visionary Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan (WI), United States

  • 2000

    20th Anniversary Exhibition Featuring Self-Taught Artists for the 21st Century, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Quirky, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, United States
    European Self-Taught Art Brut or Naïve?, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, United States
    Visionary Grace: Works by Self-Taught Artists, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich (CT), United States

  • 1999

    e-scapes: Power of Place, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 1998

    From the Heart to the Hand: New Ancient Ideas by Self-Taught Artists, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    L’Art Brut, The Prague City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 1997

    Summer Group Show, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States
    Het Format, Museum de Stadshof, Zwolle, Netherlands

  • 1996

    Naives, Seers, Lone Wolves & World Savers VIII, Dean Jensen Gallery, Miwaukee, United States
    International Works on Paper, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, United States
    In Pursuit of the Invisible: The Collection of Mickey Cartin, The Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery, The Richmond Art Center, The Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor (CT), United States

  • 1995

    Works on Paper by Outsider Artists, Noyes Museum, Oceanville (NJ), United States
    Pure, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, United States

  • 1994

    Visionary Women, Cavin-Morris, New York, United States
    Driven to Create, the Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught & Outsider Art, Milwaukee Art Museum,
    Milwaukee, United States
    Amulets, Dreams and Voices of the Gods, Cavin-Morris, New York, United States

  • 1987

    Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • In Another World–Outsider Art from Europe and America, Hull, Sheffield, England

  • 1986

    Labyrinth of Fantasy, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia

  • 1979

    Outsiders, Hayward Gallery, London, England

  • 1969

    Fantastic and Naive Painters, Florence, Italy
    21 Naif Czechoslovakian Painters, Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • 1968

    Czechoslovak Naive Art, Brno, Czechoslovakia

  • 1966

    Pictures of the Simple Heart, Rychnov nad Kneznou, Usti nad Labem, Vysoke Myto, Czechoslovakia

Collections

    Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland Dow Jones, New York, United States
    Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, United States
    Museum of American Folk Art, New York, United States
    The Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught & Outsider Art, Milwaukee, United States
    Outsider Archive, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
    The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, London, Great Britain
    Halle St. Pierre, Paris, France Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, United States
    Collection abcd, Paris, France
    Oblastní galerie výtvarného uměni v Litomericich, Litomerice, Czech Republic
    Muzeum umění Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
    Slovenská národná galléria, Bratislava, Slovakia
    L’Aracine, Musee d’Art Moderne de Villeneuve d’Ascq, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
    Musée de la Création Franche, Begles, France
    De Stadshof, Museum voor Naïve Kunst en Outsider Art, Zwolle, The Netherlands
    Sammlung Zander, Bönnigheim, Germany
    Arnulf Rainer Museum, Víden, Austria
    Sbírka Evy a Jana Švankmajerovych, Klenová, Czech Republic
    Sbírka Dany a Pavla Konečnych, Olomouc, Czech Republic