Vladimír Janoušek

Vladimír  Janoušek

1922 Front Ždírnice u Nová Paky ✚1986 Prague

 

1940

Completes the Trutnov Gymnasium.

1940-1941

Attends a graduate course in Hořice. After the course is abolished, is employed by a construction company in Hostinné.

1941-1942

Studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Brno. Admitted to the studio of prof. Karel Dvořák at the School of Applied Arts in Prague.

1942-1945

Forced labor under German rule. Works in Saxony, Germany.

1945

Fails the entrance exams at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

1945-1949

Studies at the School of Applied Arts in Prague (since 1948 at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design) in the studio of prof. Josef Wagner. His classmates are Miloš Chlupáč, Věra Havlová, Eva Kmentová, Zdeněk Palcr, Alina Szapocznikovová, Olbram Zoubek.

1948

Marries the sculptor Věra Havlová.

1948-1949

Together with his wife he spends two semesters at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia under prof. Ivan Funěva.

1950

Graduates from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Acquires a studio in Malátova Street in Smíchov, where he works until 1956.

1952

Admitted to the II. Regional Center of the Union of Czechoslovak Graphic Artists, Umělecká beseda. Here he meets Václav Bartovský and other artists of the future UB12 Group.

1955-1961

Wins several competitions and executes public commissioins (relief for the House of Fashion in Prague 1955-1956, relief for the Czechoslovak Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Brussels, 1958, Karel Hynek Mácha’s memorial for Doksy, 1961.

1961-1970

Abandons traditional sculptural material and begins working with asbestos-cement, polyvinyl chloride, welding technology, metal plates and bars. The first mobile sculptures are created.

1962

His monograph on Jiří Šetlík was published by Publishing House of Czechoslovak Graphic Artists.

1964

Builds a studio in Košíře, where he works until his death.

1967

Mother passes away. First solo exhibition, Pendulums and other sculptures, takes place in the New Hall in Prague. Participates in the sculpture symposium in Liberec. At the World Exhibition in Montreal his sculpture Mother with a Child is placed in the Czechoslovak Pavilion.

1968-1970

Architectural work realized (paradise courtyard in the reconstructed George Monastery, sculptures with water components for Kajetan terraces and others).

1970

Creates a monumental sculpture Threat of War for the Czechoslovak Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Osaka.
With the advent of Normalization, the group UB 12 began to dissolve and was officially banned in 1970.


Based on biographical data of the members of UB12 up to 1970 in: SLAVICKÁ Milena. UB 12 - Studies, interviews, documents. Prague: Gallery in cooperation with Gema Art a o.s. OSVU, 2006, pp. 306-311

Selected artworks


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