UNDERLINED… Luboš Drtina: graphic works, illustrations, artists’ books, autonomous art production

25/05/2018 to 26/08/2018
výstavní síň „13“
Petr Jindra
Petr Jindra

Luboš Drtina has significantly influenced applied graphics. His precise and unmistakable book, magazine, and other graphic works sensitively reflect the literal value of the title (as seen in his bibliophile edition, which is mostly poetry), and, at the same time, are based on individual opinions formed by his own free creation and artists’ books. This exhibition not only displays a selected overview of Drtina’s existing work, but also presents his creative works with their polysemous nature of graphic elements, signs and images in applied works, illustrations, artists’ books, and autonomous art production.

Luboš Drtina (born 1963) studied at the Secondary School of Art (1978–1982) and between 1986 and 1987 he organized generational graphic anthologies. He is involved in book design, illustration, poster production, exhibitions, artists’ books, CD design, and free graphic creation. Since 1990 he has created book designs and illustrations for numerous publishing houses (Pražská imaginace, ERM, Eminent, Thyrsus, Paseka, Volvox Globator, Knihcentrum, Nakladatelství Franze Kafky, Mladá fronta, Akropolis, Academia, Argo, and others). He has graphically arranged over 500 book titles. Since 2003 he has published his own bibliophile edition. From 2003 to 2013 he worked as assistant professor at the Type Design and Typography studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where he was also habilitated in 2011. He has received awards for his graphic works in domestic and overseas competitions.

The exhibition is a dramaturgical follow-up on exhibition projects devoted to applied, mostly book graphics prepared by the Gallery of West Bohemia in recent years:


Karel Teige / Zbyněk Baladrán: Asymmetric Harmony (2010)

Time Optimist / Robert V. Novák / books, posters, photographs, diaries, marginals, drawings, scenography… (2013)

Turning Pages. Modern Book Culture in the Czech Fine Arts (2016)