14 03 2011

I have just become aware of this Czech group, the Devetsil.  Because of the Iron Curtain they remained almost  unknown in the west. I see this work as primitive. Simple and straightforward. They are the kind of collages that everyone thinks they can do. And maybe they are right.

“The first manifesto of Devětsil urged new artists to look deeper into ordinary objects for poetic quality. Skyscrapers, airplanes, mimes, and poster lettering were the new arts. Inspired by the Berlin Dadaists, Seifert claimed “art is dead.” Following him, Teige remarked, “the most beautiful paintings in existence today are the ones which were not painted by anyone.”