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Vlastislav Hofman papers and drawings, 1904-1984 (bulk 1904-1954).

Hofman, Vlastislav, 1884-1964.

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  • Title:
    Vlastislav Hofman papers and drawings, 1904-1984 (bulk 1904-1954).
  • Author/Creator: Hofman, Vlastislav, 1884-1964.
  • Creation Date: 1904-1984 (bulk 1904-1954).
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Czech architect and designer, especially known for his designs for the theater, associated with avant-garde movements in Prague in the early 20th century.
  • Arrangement: Organized in 5 series: Series I. Published articles and typescripts, ca. 1911-1944; Series II. Correspondence, ca. 1904-1963; Series III. Printed matter and curricula vitae materials; Series IV. Photo archive, ca. 1907-1954; Series V. Oversized original works, exhibition posters and diplomas, ca. 1909-1984.
  • Physical Desc.: 4 linear ft. (5 boxes, 7 binders, 2 oversize boxes, 1 double oversized flat file, 1 tube)..
  • Summary: The collection contains material from several stages in Hofman's career and includes published articles, letters and postcards, catalogs, awards, curricula vitae, and material relating to conferences and exhibitions. The photo archive contains biographical photographs and photographs of set designs for the theater, costume designs for film and theater, realized sets and performances, decorative arts designs, and paintings. The collection also includes original architectural drawings and decorative arts designs.
    Hofman's views on contemporary trends in art and the theater are represented in a large number of articles published in several well-known avant-garde Czech periodicals, primarily of the 1910s and 1920s. An extensive collection of letters and postcards (ca. 360 items), many from prominent figures in the Czech avant-garde movement, provides a glimpse of the Czech intellectual debate surrounding art in the first decades of the 20th century. Correspondence includes 65 letters (1916-1918) from the writer Jan Bartoš, 2 letters from the poet Stanislav Neumann, 14 letters from Josef and Karel Čapek to Hofman recounting their observations of French art and culture. Other letters and postcards include 10 from the artist Pavel Janák, and 2 from the painter Bohumil Kubišta. Miroslav Ponc sent Hofman two original scores, dated 1961, 1962. Three postcards were sent from Paris by Otakar Kubín to Josef Čapek (ca. 1913). Several letters from Lee Simonson document Hofman's participation in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1934. Printed material and correspondence regarding exhibitions and Hofman's participation in the 4th Volta Conference, an international theater conference in Rome in 1934, attest to the international recognition Hofman received, primarily for his work in the decorative arts and the theater. Among the ca. 25 items relating to the conference, which was led by Pirandello, are photographs of the conferees and a signed photographic portrait of Pirandello. In addition to reviews, 7 posters (dating from ca. 1951-1984) document exhibitions of Hofman's designs.
    Hofman has been credited with an enormous contribution to Czech theater, in a career which spanned over forty years. His involvement in the theater is documented in this collection with several volumes of photographs of sets, costumes and production designs. One volume is devoted to costume designs for the 1951 film "Ana proletářka." Photographs also document Hofman's work in the decorative arts, including realized furniture projects and ceramic designs representative of his Cubo-expressionism. Original drawings for architectural sketches, entries for design competitions, and projects in the decorative arts are from the early years of Hofman's career. The photo archive also contains images of Hofman, his family and friends, including some well-known Czech artists and writers.
  • Language: Czech
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
    Exhibition catalogs
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936 -- Portraits Art, Czech -- 20th century Book design -- Czechoslovakia Theaters -- Czechoslovakia Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery Costume design -- Czechoslovakia Decorative arts -- Czechoslovakia Theater -- Congresses
  • Contributors: Bartoš, Jan, 1893-1946. Čapek, Josef, 1887-1945. Čapek, Karel, 1890-1938. Janák, Pavel, 1882-1956. Neumann, S. K. (Stanislav Kostka), 1875-1947. Kubín, Otakar, 1883-1969. Kubišta, Bohumil, 1884-1918. Simonson, Lee, 1888-1967. Ponc, Miroslav, 1902-1976.
  • Collection: Vlastislav Hofman Collection
  • Collection Note: Vlastislav Hofman Collection
  • ID/Accession Number: 91-A34
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 77815672
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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