COLLECTION / 1900-1945 / Europe and Unites States of America / Czech Avant-Garde

300 publications.

In 1918, due to the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the First World War, Czechs, Slovaks and Rusyns joined forces to form the First Czechoslovak Republic. The state enjoyed stability across its borders for 20 years, from 1938, until conflicts with neighbouring countries resulted in a new period of border restructuring and, finally, the annexation of a large part of the territory to Hitler’s Germany.

These two decades of relative stability created a climate conducive to the assimilation, exploration and development of avant-garde movements in the country. Thus, the Czech avant-garde began to acquire its own characteristics, which took shape through extensive production of publications, in which graphic design, typography and design in general became its hallmarks.

Archivo Lafuente brings together a collection of over 300 books and magazines that are key to the context of the aforementioned avant-garde in the Interwar period. The collection of publications spans a period starting in 1915 until the Second World War, including works by artists of such calibre as Karel Capek, Otakar Mrkicka, Vitezlav Nezval, Ladislav Sutnar and Karel Teige, among others.



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