Exhibition detail


The Golden Era of Czechoslovak Film Poster -VIII. Karel Vaca

(4. 6. 2009 - 31. 7. 2009) —

The eighth sequel of exhibition cycle “Golden Era of Czechoslovak Film Poster” introduced 50 pieces of work by one of the Czech top film poster designers, the author of the cult The Sweet Life- , the painter, designer and scenographer Karel Vaca. The exhibition was opened by Marie Hana Vacova, his wife.
Exhibition curator is Dušan Brozman

Karel Vaca was one of the highly respected Czechoslovak film poster designers. He designed more posters than any other designer – unbeliavable 289 posters! He dedicated to this kind of applied art for no less than thirty years with the first poster made in 1959 and the last in 1988. For a long time he was a member of the Central Film Rental Board of Selection in which he banged the drum for his and his colleagues’ original ideas against censorship of that time (mainly in the 70s and 80s). His posters for the movies The Sweet Life, The Cry, Rogopag. Adelheid are considered iconic pieces of applied graphics.

Born in Prostejov on 21 July, died in Prague on 31 March 1989.Painter, designer, illustrator and scenographer.

Studied at the Rotter School of Advertising Graphics in Prague (1937-1938) and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (1945-1950; Emil Filla). Has exhibited as part of a group since 1941, and independently since the year 1948. Member of the group Trasa (Route; since 1959). Over the years 1959-1989 created two hundred-eighty-nine film posters . Award winning film posters: second prize in 1964 at the IFF Karlovy Vary (The Sweet Life- and Accused); 1977 special prize from The Hollywood Reporter (The White Odyssey); 1980 Grand Prix of the IFF in Chicago (National Class Category Up to 785 ccm- ); 1982 third prize of The Hollywood Reporter (Don´t Call Me Major); 1984 Silver Medal of the IFF in Chicago (For 200 Grand, You Get Nothing Now); 1988 Honourable mention „The Best Poster of the Year“ )The Great Film Robbery).