Jan Ságl

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* 1942 HUMPOLEC, CZECH REPUBLIC

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jan Ságl was born in Humpolec in 1942. He never studied photography, but in the 1960s he began working as a permanent photographer for the magazines Výtvarná práce and Umění umění. In 1964 he married the artist Zorka Ságlová. Three years later, together with Ivan Jirous, they discovered The Primitives Group and later The Plastic People of the Universe, with whom Ságl collaborated for many years on the artistic rendering of their concerts and at the same time became a pictorial chronicler of their performances and private life, as well as his work. women Zorky. After 1968, Jan Ságl had to retire and started working for Pressfoto. Thanks to that, they will get acquainted with color photography. At the same time, however, he also implements the black-and-white cycles House Inspection and Swallows. He is also increasingly engaged in capturing the landscape, in which he is mainly interested in traces of human activity. In the mid-1980s, he uses Polachrom's technique to capture the familiar surroundings of the Ságlov weekend cottage in Křížov pod Blaníkem. This creates another unique cycle. Since 1982, he has been able to travel abroad again, especially to Paris and Brittany. From these photographs, the book What about Paris? How was she? and the cycle of the Gallery and the Cathedral, which Jan Ságl has been developing to this day, begins. Immediately after 1989, Jan Ságl began working intensively on contracts for world magazines such as National Geographic, Geo, Smithsonian, Gault Millau, Zeit Magazine and The New York Times. However, the interruption of this work means the year 2003, when Ságl's wife Zorka dies. Since then, Jan Ságl has devoted himself mainly to free creation, in which he uses exclusively the possibilities of digital photography. He also systematically works on cycles of photographs dedicated to the landscape with significant human intervention (called the found land-art).

SEPARATE EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2020 Asparagus hops, Gallery 1st floor, Prague
  • 2019 Powerstation of Art, Shanghai
  • 2019 Structure, Herzogskasten Abensberg
  • 2016 Paintings from the Underground, Films 1971-1974, AMU Gallery, Prague
  • 2014 Landscapes, Municipal Gallery Středokluky 10, Leica Gallery Prague
  • 2013 Dance on Double Ice, Benedikt Rejt Gallery in Louny
  • 2012 Landscape, Josef Siblík Museum, Blatná
  • 2010 Zorka Ságlová - Jan Ságl: Landscape, Topičův salon, Prague
  • 2009 Variations and Parallels, 29th Zentiva Salon, Zentiva Office Building, Prague
  • 2009 Luminiscence Photography, Kotelna Karlin Gallery, Prague - Nostress Gallery, Prague
  • 2008 Starénové, National Monuments Institute, Bítov State Castle
  • 2008 Landscapes, Ars Pragensis, Municipal Gallery Beseda, Prague
  • 2007 Starénové, Zlatá husa Gallery, Prague
  • 2007 Starénové, House of Arts of the City of Brno
  • 2005 Together, Vernon Gallery, Prague
  • 2004 Zorka Ságlová and Jan Ságl, Municipal Gallery Beseda, Prague
  • 2001 Art cult, Czech center, Vienna
  • 2001 "So Paris", Chamber of Deputies, Prague
  • 2000 Art Cult, Gallery in the Chapel, Bruntál
  • 2000 Der Blick von Aussen, Städtische Galerie, Leerer Beutel, (s Inge Morath), 2000 Regensburg
  • 1997 Transformations of Prague, Chamber Gallery of the House of Photography of Josef Sudek, Prague
  • 1998 Prague in the trade of its architecture, Czech Center, Berlin
  • 1998 Prague in the middle of its architecture, Gallery of Modern Times, Dresden
  • 1992 Landscape, galleries and cathedrals, Prague House of Photography, Prague
  • 1992 House of Arts of the City of Brno
  • 1990 Coupole Gallery (with Zorka Ságlová), Neu-Isenburg
  • 1987 Colorful World (with Jan Saudek and Miro Švolík), Mariánské Lázně
  • 1987 Monument of National Literature (with Otakar Jiránek), Prague
  • 1987 Junior Club in Chmelnice (with Jaroslav Kořán), Prague
  • 1987 Karel Čapek Bookstore, Prague
  • 1985 ÚKDŽ, Prague
  • 1981 Schröder-Saal des CVJM, Hamburg
  • 1976 Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague
  • 1976 Gallery in the Tower (with Pavel Baňka and Alexander Janovský), Mělník
  • 1969 Václav Špála Gallery (with Jiří Kolář, Bělá Kolářová and Zorka Ságlová), Prague

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2019 Theater of the Revolution, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague
  • 2018 Underground Improvisation, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
  • 2018 Paris beautiful and inspiring, Gallery of Modern Art Hradec Králové
  • 2018 Fateful Moments of Czechoslovakia, Old Town Hall, Prague
  • 2017 CS concept of the 70s, Fait Gallery, Brno
  • 2016 Notes from the Underground, Muzeum sztuki, Lodz
  • 2014 Vivat musica, National Gallery in Prague, Trade Fair Palace, Prague
  • 2012 On mushrooms / for John Cage, Bludný kámen, Opava
  • 2009 Traces of Fire, Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava, House of Arts, Ostrava
  • 2009 Czech photographs of the 20th century, art and exhibition hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn
  • 2008 The Magic of Czech Photography, Museum, Bruntál
  • 2008 New Urbanism, Seine Gallery 51, Paris
  • 2008 The third side of the wall, Moravian Gallery in Brno
  • 2005 Czech Photography of the 20th Century, Museum of Applied Arts in Prague - Gallery of the Capital City of Prague
  • 2004 Landscape in Czech Art of the 17th - 20th Century, National Gallery in Prague, Kinský Palace, Prague
  • 2003 Reality Check, Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague
  • 2003 The source of Czech culture. Art inspired by beer, Mánes, Prague
  • 2002 Divočina, Galerie Klatovy / Klenová
  • 2002 Classic Today, Martin Gropius - Bau, Berlin
  • 2001 Experimental Landscape, North Bohemian Museum in Liberec
  • 2001 The Face of Our Country, Prague Castle, Prague
  • 2000 Transformations of Prague, Old Town Hall, Prague
  • 2000 Prague in the Wandelion, Czech Center, Vienna
  • 1999 My 1948-1989, Moravian Gallery in Brno
  • 1998 Personalities of Contemporary Photography in Bohemia, Benešov Museum of Art near Prague
  • 1997 Week - Three Years of Objectivity, Ambit Gallery, Prague
  • 1997Atelier Maxera, Alberndorf, Austria
  • 1997 Czech Press Photo, Old Town Hall, Prague
  • 1996 Czech Press Photo, Ambit Gallery, Prague
  • 1996 Atelier Maxera, Alberndorf, Austria
  • 1995 Czech Press Photo, Ambit Gallery, Prague
  • 1994 Landscape, New Hall, Prague
  • 1990 Zeitgenössische Tschechoslowakische Fotografie, Museum Ludwig, Köln
  • 1989 Ways of Czechoslovak Photography, GHMP, House at the Stone Bell, Prague
  • 1989 Czechoslovak photography 1945-1989, National Gallery, Kinský Palace, Prague
  • 1989 Contemporary Applied Photography, Gallery D, Prague
  • 1989 Czechoslovak November 1989, Prague and seven other cities in Europe
  • 1988 Landscape and Landscape, Fotochema, Prague
  • 1988 Landscape, Gallery in Újezd, Prague
  • 1988 Moment, Bratislava; Zdar nad Sazavou
  • 1987 Moment, Moravian Gallery, Brno; AJG ceramics collection, Bechyně; Gallery 4, Cheb
  • 1987 Interkamera, Prague
  • 1986 50 years modern color photography 1936-1986, Photokina, Cologne
  • 1986 Selection 3, Photokina, Cologne
  • 1986 Body in Czechoslovak Photography 1900-1986, Museum of the Kroměříž Region, Kroměříž
  • 1986 13th FIAP Colorprint Bienial, Andorra
  • 1985 Gallery D, Prague
  • 1985 27 Contemporary Czechoslovakian Photographers, The Photographers Gallery, London
  • 1985 Doi Photoplaza, Tokyo
  • 1985 National Gallery, Beijing
  • 1984 Czech Fine Art Photography, Gallery D, Prague
  • 1984 Foma Gallery, Prague
  • 1984 The Aspects of Czech Photography, Thackrey and Robertson Gallery, San Francisco
  • 1983 RIP Arles
  • 1982 Current photography, Moravian Gallery in Brno
  • 1981 Gallery in Újezd, Prague
  • 1980 Centrum Gallery, Prague
  • 1979 Interior photography, Kniha Vodičkova ul., Prague
  • 1972 8th Paris Biennale
  • 1970 Youth Exhibition, Prague
  • 1965 Club SČSVU Mánes

REPRESENTED IN COLLECTIONS:

  • Moravian Gallery in Brno
  • National Library, Paris
  • The Polaroid Collection, Lausanne
  • German Photographic Society
  • Museum of Applied Arts in Prague
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Museum of the city of Regensburg
  • Golden Goose Gallery, Prague
  • Museum of Art and Design, Benešov u Prahy
  • Benedikt Rejt Gallery in Louny
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Center Georges Pompidou, Paris