Leading Czech painter Michael Rittstein’s (born 1949) Sports Epic is possibly one of the most important works of art to explore the world of sports on both the Czech as well as the international level. This cycle – a visual drama consisting of 27 pieces depicting the yearning for perfection in art, sport and life – was first exhibited at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This book explores the circumstances under which it was created and offers a close-up look inside the soul of each individual painting.
Czech Photography of the 20th Century, published simultaneously in Czech and English versions, is the first book to present the main trends, figures, and works of Czech photography from the beginning to the end of the last century to such a large extent. Its 517 plates include not only the most important, well-known photographs and photomontages, but also works that have long been forgotten or are published for the first time. The book is arranged in seventeen chapters, supplemented with chronologies of the most important events in twentieth-century Czech photography and history.