Olbram Zoubek - Contemporary Czech Sculpture

Olbram Zoubek (21 April 1926 – 15 June 2017) was a contemporary Czech sculptor and designer. His work was inspired by Swiss-Italian sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
Some of Zoubek's sculptures
2002 Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Prague is the work of Olbram Zoubek and architects Jan Kerel and Zdeněk HolzelThere is an extensive permanent exhibition of his sculptures and art in Litomyšl Castle Vault Gallery.
Zoubek was particularly well known for having taken a death mask of Jan Palach, a Charles University student who burned himself to death in protest over the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. One of his most famous works is his «Memorial to the Victims of Communism» in Prague (done in collaboration with the architects Jan Kerel and Zdeněk Holzel) Wikipedia
«Olbram Zoubek started studying sculpture soon after World War II. He was one of Czechoslovakia’s leading artists until he began to be persecuted by the totalitarian authorities during the period of “Normalization” (following the 1968 invasion by fellow Warsaw pact countries). Being unable to enter public competitions or even exhibit, he turned to restoration work, came to Litomyšl and spent 20 years restoring sgraffiti patterns on the chateau.During this time he was part of the artistic underground that opposed the communist regime. After the fall of communism in 1989, new president Václav Havel was often photographed in his office with one of Zoubek’s sculptures keeping watch over his shoulder.»












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