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Jiří Kolář


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Jiří Kolář (Protivín, 1914 – Prague, 2002) was one of the most important postwar poets-visual artists in Central Europe. A member of the avant-garde Group 42 (disbanded in 1948) in Czechoslovakia, most of his major texts were composed in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1952, he was arrested, jailed, and branded an "enemy of the state" by the Communist regime when police discovered the manuscript to his influential prose/poetry collection Prometheus's Liver (which was partly inspired by Ladislav Klíma's writings). Kolář is, however, more well-known abroad for his collage innovations, including his famous series Weekly 1968. Having developed a technique for combining fragments of texts and images from a variety of sources as a way to portray the destruction and fragmentation of the world around him, by the 1970s his work was being exhibited throughout Europe. He signed Charter 77 and thereby aligned himself with those in direct opposition to Czechoslovakia's Communist regime, and this ultimately resulted in his forced exile. He lived in Paris from 1980, but frequently visited Prague after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, spending his final few years in the city.


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