Vilem Reichmann, Czech, 1908-1991, born and died in Brno.
Vilem Reichmann began photographing in 1930, and beginning in 1947 had thirty independent exhibitions of his work and contributed to at least eighty other shows. "Influenced by the Depression and war years, he developed a Surrealist style modeled on lyrical interpretations of reality through visual metaphors. His postwar work shows the influence of textural abstraction, Pop Art, absurdist humor.
A representative monography written by Antonín Dufek, an erudite specialist in the field of the Czech photography, confirms Reichmann’s fundamental position in the history of the Czech photography, especially its surrealist movement. His work gained an international acknowledgement due to the retrospective exhibitions organized in 1989 and 1990 by the Museum in Bochum (Museum Bochum) and The Museum of Modern Art in Vienna (Museum moderner Kunst). Reichmann comes from the German-Jewish community in Brno. He started to photograph more intensively after the World War II when he becomes a member of ‘Ra’, a surrealist art group. He became famous mainly for his imaginative photographs, based on the poetry of encounters, shape analogies or enlarged details.
Selected Public Collections
The Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic
Museum of Art, Lodz, Poland
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA
Umeleckoprumyslove muzeum v Praze (Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague), Czech Republic
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