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Gallery on the ground floor of the New Town Hall

Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m
between 12 and 1 p.m. a 30-minute lunch break

full 50 CZK
reduced by 20 CZK
family 100 CZK


Zbyněk Benýšek (*1949)

(painter, poet, novelist, screenwriter and editor)

Born in Olomouc, spent his childhood in Prostějov, 1964-1968 studied at the Secondary School of Arts and Industry in Brno, 1968-1970 at Palacký University in Olomouc. In 1971 he moved to Prague, where he worked occassionally worked as a construction worker, freelance musician, prop maker and designer at the Barrandov Film Studio.

After the signing of Charter 77, he became a furnace stoker and night watchman. At the beginning of the 1980s, as part of the Ministry of Interior Akce Asanace program, he went into exile in Vienna, where he founded, and for ten years edited the art magazine Paternoster. He collaborated with a number of Austrian, German and Czech publishers.

In 1990 he returned to Prague. He collaborated with the editorial staff of the magazine Central Europe, with the Czech Radio – Prix Bohemia Radio. He wrote scripts for Czech Television – Múzérie, Ateliéry. His artworks – Prague Triptych – were part of the European Union‘s international project Overcoming Dictatorships – The Encounter of Poets, Artists and Writers (Hannah-Arendt-Institut in Dresden).

His extensive literary output includes six collections of poetry, two novels and a number of short stories, translated into several languages. In 1992-1998 he was a member of the art association Nové sdružení pražských malířů. He has held around 30 solo exhibitions of paintings and drawings. Initially, his paintings were based on the New Figuration and Imaginative Realism, but later on more fantasque elements appeared, as well as digital work.





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