Opening of the exhibition: “The North Pole Expedition / Illustrations by Julius Payer”
Opening of the exhibition “The North Pole Expedition / Illustrations by Julius Payer”
An exhibition of book illustrations and copies of paintings by Julius Payer (1841–1915), the greatest Arctic explorer from the Czech lands and the most famous painter of the polar landscapes in general. In 1876, his travelogue “Austro-Hungarian Expedition to the North Pole in 1872-74, together with a sketch of the second German expedition to the North Pole in 1869-70 and a polar expedition in 1871” was published in Vienna. A substantial part of the book was published in 1969 in a Czech translation by Jaroslav Hošek and fifty years later in a new edition entitled “Expedition to the North Pole” (Dauphin 2019). The exhibition of Payer’s illustrations is based on this book. To emphasize Payer’s artistic genius, the introductory panel is a reproduction of one of the four canvases of the so-called Franklin polar cycle. The painting “Starvation Cove” depicts the tragic end of Sir John Franklin’s polar expedition of 1845.
Video presentations (loops on the monitors):
- “Southern Bering Sea Animals” (2019)
The photographic video presentation of the Czech-American Stanislav Chládek is the result of several years’ observing the fauna during his sea kayak expeditions to the Aleutian Islands, the south border of Bering Sea. In 2016, the author also visited Katmai National Park in Alaska, where he mainly photographed grizzly bears catching salmon. In 2015, he spent a week on the deserted Round Island, Bristol Bay in Bering Sea watching walruses, sea lions and seabirds.
- “The Arctic” (2019)
Bjørn Anders Nymoen’s film captures the Arctic landscape, glaciers and wilderness. The author also composed a specific film soundtrack, in which real outdoor recordings from Svalbard play an important role. B. A. Nymoen is a well-known photographer who has been working in the Arctic for three decades. His photographs are published in magazines such as National Geographic. He has also made movies for the world’s largest television companies.
- “Made in Nature” (2017)
The documentary by Jaroslav Fragner Gallery was created as part of the Artscape Norway project. With the help of photography, documentary and video art, this international project presents the artistic aspects of works of art and small architecture that have become part of the Norwegian landscape and public space. (Director: Jan Strejcovský; Camera: Filip Mašek; Dramaturgy: Kristýna Strejcovská and David Böhm; Producers: Dan Merta and Jan Alex Jindrák)
(all until 31/1/2021)