The very first book about sports in Czech art of the 20th and 21st centuries reveals a surprising fact. A long list of Czech artists have addressed the subject of sports to varying degrees—painters, sculptors, and printmakers as diverse as Miloš Jiránek, Jan Preisler, Emil Filla, Kamil Lhoták, Jiří Kolář, Theodor Pištěk, Michael Rittstein, Jiří Sozanský, and Františka Skála. Divided into twelve chapters, the book showcases the fundamental methods and techniques used by artists in an attempt to faithfully depict athletes’ dynamic movement and the atmosphere at sporting events. We also encounter legendary Czech athletes such as runner Emil Zátopek, ice hockey player Ivan Hlinka, and soccer player Josef Masopust, whose accomplishments are celebrated in public sculptures. As the title suggests, the book is sure to be popular among sports and art fans alike.
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.