Exhibition detail


KAREL VACA: Film Posters: 100th Anniversary Exhibition

Cineme Světozor, Prague (15. 1. 2020 - 15. 4. 2020) —

He belonged to the most significant Czechoslovak artist who designed the posters. Since 1958 he cooperated with the Central lending office of films in Prague, for which he created more than 300 posters before 1988. He was a long-term member of many poster committees and as an uncompromising defender of an artistic author poster he became the leading personality of the Czechoslovak poster school. He introduced many excellent artists to work on film posters and he gave a chance to succeed in this field to many young and talented artists as well. Together with his schoolmates, Milan Grygar, Zdeněk Ziegler and Karel Teissig he became the absolute top among artists who were designing film posters.

Studied at the Rotter School of Advertising Graphics in Prague (1937-1938) and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (1945-1950; Emil Filla). Has exhibited as part of a group since 1941, and independently since the year 1948. Member of the group Trasa (Route; since 1959). Over the years 1959-1989 created two hundred-eighty-nine film posters.

Award winning film posters: second prize in 1964 at the IFF Karlovy Vary (The Sweet Life- and Accused); 1977 special prize from The Hollywood Reporter (The White Odyssey); 1980 Grand Prix of the IFF in Chicago (National Class Category Up to 785 ccm- ); 1982 third prize of The Hollywood Reporter (Don´t Call Me Major); 1984 Silver Medal of the IFF in Chicago (For 200 Grand, You Get Nothing Now); 1988 Honourable mention „The Best Poster of the Year“ )The Great Film Robbery).

We presented poster art made by Karel Vaca in June 2009 on exhibiton in kino Svetozor.