Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Czech book covers

These are from a collection of Czech book covers from the 20s and 30s at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Designs by (top to bottom) Stanislav Odvarko, Ladislav Sutnar (2), Jindřich Štyrsky and Karel Teige. Štyrsky and Teige were members of the Devětsil, a Czech avant garde movement that was strongly influenced by DADA, and later joined the Czechoslovak Surrealist Group (the most famous member of the latter being Jan Švankmajer). More on this soon, hopefully, although there doesn't seem to be a great deal of readily available info out there.

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