In 1972, when the 76-year-old Josef Sudek (1896–1976) visited the Johannes Kepler and Prague exhibition held at the Belvedere (also called Queen Anne’s Summer Palace) in Prague, he was returning to a place he knew well. Set in the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle, the Renaissance-style edifice had enchanted him long before. The exhibition commemorated the reign of the melancholic Emperor Rudolf II, when, around 1600, Prague abounded in prominent European scientists and artists. The astronomical, mathematical and musical instruments on display served to document the Renaissance beliefs about the intrinsic connection of the human soul and the spirit of the Universe. Sudek was fascinated by Mannerist art in all its forms; at the exhibition, he admired not only the objects on view, but also the reflections of the glass showcases that refracted the instruments’ geometric shapes. He incorporated these photographs into his mature series Memories; at the time, he was also working on his Glass Labyrinths and other accomplished photographic cycles.

The exhibition opening is held on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 at 5 p.m.

Galerie Josefa Sudka
Úvoz 24
118 00 Praha 1 
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April — September
Tuesday — Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October — March
Tuesday — Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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