Birth of the Abstract

The cultural event of this autumn is the extensive František Kupka retrospective at the National Gallery’s Waldstein Riding School in Prague. Although the Opočno native resisted being labelled an abstract artist, he nevertheless became a pioneer of the abstract art movement and one of its leading painters. In Soffa 29 we explore how to bring Kupka’s visual thinking into your interior in ways that go beyond hanging his reproductions on the wall.

 František Kupka,  Circulars and Rectilinears , 1937, National Gallery Prague; oil, canvas, 102 × 102 cm

František Kupka, Circulars and Rectilinears, 1937, National Gallery Prague; oil, canvas, 102 × 102 cm

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 František Kupka,  Colour Planes (Winter Reminiscences),  1915–1923, National Gallery Prague; oil, canvas, 180 × 150 cm

František Kupka, Colour Planes (Winter Reminiscences), 1915–1923, National Gallery Prague; oil, canvas, 180 × 150 cm

You can visit the retrospective exhibition of the work of František Kupka 1871–1957 prepared by The National Gallery Prague in collaboration with the French Reunion de musées nationaux – Grand Palais and Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland until 20th January 2019. You can find more details at www.ngprague.cz.

Read more in Soffa 29 dedicated to Plenitude:


partner for the article: National Gallery Prague | text: Hana Janišová | styling: Adéla Kudrnová | photo: National Gallery Prague and company archives