February 2022 marked the 110th anniversary of the birth of the important Pilsen native Jiří Trnka, whose artistically versatile personality made a lasting impact on the world of art - on illustration, animated film, puppetry, stage and costume design and other fields, which he also managed to connect in one whole while fully respecting their specifics. With his innovative approach, he contributed to the world recognition of domestic art and keeps inspiring his followers, who walk their own distinctive paths.
The Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art proudly follows and honours Trnka´s artistic legacy, especially in the field of illustration and animated film. That is why it has established an international art symposium which, with the permission of the artist´s family, bears the name of Jiří Trnka.
Jiří Trnka International Symposium 2022 will offer a series of exhibitions, lectures and workshops aiming at art students and at the professional and general public. Before that, the new generation of young artists who continue the tradition of Czech illustration will be presented by the faculty at the upcoming international book fair in Bologna, Italy. In the summer, an extensive exhibition of illustrations of folk, ethnic and author´s fairy tales will open at the Great Synagogue in Pilsen, presenting not only student works but above all illustrations created by the symposium guests – important illustrators from the Czech Republic and abroad. The symposium itself will take place at the end of October at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art. It will include the award ceremony of the Jiří Trnka Award for extraordinary artistic and theoretical contribution in the field of illustration and animation.
Jiří Trnka International Symposium 2021
Trnka’s oeuvre in general, and his book Zahrada (“Garden”) in particular, have served as the inspiration for the pilot edition of the international symposium on illustration and animation, which was organized at the Sutnar Faculty in October 2021 and was very well received.
It was the first edition of a symposium for professional artists, theoreticians and students, which will take place on a regular basis in future. Its aim is to commemorate the strong central European tradition in these fields of visual art and to contribute to their development through discussions, lectures, presentations of works created by students and professionals, and through workshops held by visual artists from the Czech Republic and other countries.
The symposium’s comprehensive programme included a series of lectures and presentations by Czech and international artists and theoreticians, exhibitions of works created by visiting artists and students of the Faculty, presentations of student projects as well as visits to places linked with the life and work of Jiří Trnka. The opportunity of direct contact and intensive cooperation with the visiting artists during the workshops is of great benefit to the students.
Jiří Trnka International Symposium 2021 hosted the following illustrators, animators and theoreticians from the Czech Republic, Colombia and Italy:
Eva Bartošová, Veronika Bílková, Eliška Děcká, Fanuel Hanán Díaz (Colombia – online lecture), Vojtěch Domlátil, Renáta Fučíková, Marco Ieie (Italy – presentation and workshop), Kristýna Klaban Gregorová, Marie Kohoutová, Radek Malý, Tereza Marianová, Andrea Sloupová, Tereza Ščerbová, Jan Šrámek, Andrea Tachezy.
The symposium was held under the auspices of the Mayor of the City of Pilsen.
More information about the symposium is available in the press release below.