Zdeněk Pešánek

TypeArtist
Male
Associated person(s)
URLsDocumentation
Wikipedia Czech Wikipedia entry
Institutions/museums list of literature
Institutions/museums Kunsthalle Praha: "Transformace" project with Federico Díaz


Exhibitions
Group exhibition2006 - 2007The Art of LightZKMKarlsruhe
Retrospective1996 - 1997Zdeněk Pešánek 1896/1965National Gallery, Guggenheim Museum, Centre PompidouPrague, New York, ParisCopies of Pešánek's works were created by Federico Díaz
Solo exhibition1996Zdeněk Pešánek – Světelné plastikyCharles Square GalleryPrague
Solo exhibition1996Pocta Zdeňku Pešánkovi (Pavel Opočenský / Stanislav Zippe)Felix Jenewein GalleryKutná Hora
Group exhibition1996 - 1997Jitro kouzelníků (Umění, věda, společnost na přelomu tisíciletí) [Dawn of the Magicians? (Art, Science, Society on the Turn of Milleniums)]National GalleryPrague
Group exhibition1983 - 1984ElectraMusée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de ParisParis
Solo exhibition1969Zdeněk Pešánek – Světelné plastikyBenedikt Rejt GalleryLouny
Group exhibition1956Technology of TomorrowNational Technical MuseumPrague
Group exhibition1939 - 1942Krásné světlo [Beautiful Light]Museum of Decorative ArtsPrague
Group exhibition1937World ExpositionQuai d'OrsaiParis
Solo exhibition1936Zdeněk Pešánek – Světelné plastikyMuseum of Decorative ArtsPrague


Publications
Monograph1941Akademie múzických uměníKinetismusZdeněk Pešánek978-80-7331-232-9Prague 
Monograph1996Narodni GalerieZdeněk Pešánek : 1896 - 1965; Veletržni Palác, [21.11.1996 - 16.2.1997]Pešánek, Zdeněk [ Illustrator/In ] ; Zemánek, Jiří8070351179Prague Národní Galerie v Praze; Národní Galerie v Praze Sbírka Moderního Umění
Monograph1966National GalleryZdeněk Pešánek, 1896-19658070351233Prague National GalleryMit Texten von Jiří Zemánek


1965
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Died

Prague, Czech Republic

1965
1941
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Publications

Prague, Czech Republic
Kinetismus, Zdeněk Pešánek, Akademie múzických umění, 978-80-7331-232-9

1941
1918 - 1923
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Education

Prague, Czech Republik
Sculpture and medal-making at the Academy of Fine Arts with Jan Štursa

1918 - 1923
1914 - 1917
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Education

Hořice, Czech Republic
44/5000 Studied sculpture with Prof. Dr. Kocian

1914 - 1917
1896
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Born

Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

1896
Today, artists of tomorrow draw on paper what we should see hovering in space or what should be projected on the sky.

— F. Kalivoda, 1941 Excerpt from the preface to “Kinetismus”, a book by Zdeněk Pešánek —

A visionary, that's what a creator whose thoughts were ahead of technologies of his time is a posteriori called. Zdeněk Pešánek surely belongs to this category of artists. His light-kinetic sculptures designed for the public space in the 20s and 30s of the previous century were created only at a cost of a complex, tedious and never totally satisfying work. Though to make his multimedia assemblies, Zdeněk Pešánek was using the most innovative elements and materials of the time: celluloid, light bulbs and neons.These imperfect tools were not translucent enough to diffuse light properly, and were too fragile to withstand adverse weather conditions and their life span was therefore limited. Moreover, acoustic reproduction techniques were still in their infancy and didn't allow for permanent addition of sound to objects or its synchronization with movement and light. It's therefore no surprise that none of Pešánek's original light-kinetic sculptures has been preserved in public space until today. (..)

Zdeněk Pešánek as an authorof atypical, hybrid and timeless works of art represents an emblematic reference for a space dedicated to artistic creativity in all its diversity.

Chistelle Havranek

https://www.kunsthallepraha.org/en/blog/transformace-pesanek-diaz (18.01.2020)

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Edisonka photo Edisonka 1926 Zdeněk Pešánek 
Spectrophone photo Spectrophone 1924 Zdeněk Pešánek 
Sto let elektřiny (One Hundred Years of Electricity) photo Sto let elektřiny (One Hundred Years of Electricity) 1932 Zdeněk Pešánek