The Monkey King Zdeněk Sklenář

The Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery, Mariánská ulice, Litomyšl

The exhibition runs from June 12, 2010 until July 6, 2010 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A Pilgrimage through China


On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the artist Zdeněk Sklenář


A famous Czech painter, born just 100 years ago, visited China in 1955. He built lifelong friendships with painters Chi Pai-shi, Li Kche-zhan, Wu Cuo-zhen, Fu Pao-she and poet Ai Ch'ing. After his return from China Sklenář decorated the book "Monkey King", a Czech translation of Wu Cheng'en's novel Journey to the West and became a symbol of the book's new look. After fifty years, Sklenář's illustrations were brought alive in an animated and interactive film created by Ondřej Doležal and pixl-e studio, prepared for the EXPO 2010 World Exhibition in Shanghai. Visitors of Smetana's Creative Litomyšl will have an extraordinary opportunity to see the film together with the drawings to a mythical book of ancient Chinese poetry, Songs of Ancient China, in the Zdeněk Sklenář Gallery.


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