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Anna Zemánková

1908-1986 (CZECHOSLOVAKIA)

ANNA ZEMÁNKOVÁ’S ART PRACTICE ORIGINATED BY CHANCE IN MIDDLE AGE. AS A MEANS TO CHANNEL THE COMPLEXITIES AND CONFLICTS OF DAILY LIVING, THE ARTIST WOULD WORK FROM DAWN EACH DAY, INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF JANÁCˇEK AND BEETHOVEN. ZEMÁNKOVÁ DREW, SHADED AND STITCHED A SPIRITUALIST BOTANY INTO BEING. THE WORKS SOON NUMBERED IN THEIR HUNDREDS, AND ALTHOUGH ZEMÁNKOVÁ ALWAYS DENIED THEIR SPIRITUALIST ORIGIN, THERE WAS CLEARLY A VISUAL RELATIONSHIP TO MEDIUMISTIC DRAWINGS FROM THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. EVENTUALLY ZEMÁNKOVÁ WAS PERSUADED TO SELL, WINNING SUCH ADMIRERS AS CZECH STATESMAN AND PLAYWRIGHT VÁCLAV HAVEL AND AUSTRIAN ARTIST ARNULF RAINER. IN 2011 CURATOR MASSIMILIANO GIONI FEATURED ZEMÁNKOVÁ IN OSTALGIA AT THE NEW MUSEUM IN NEW YORK; AND TWO YEARS LATER AT THE VENICE BIENNALE. SHE WAS MOST RECENTLY INCLUDED IN THE BOTANICAL MIND AT CAMDEN ART CENTRE (2021).

EXHIBITION #7, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (TASMANIA) 2017/8

EXHIBITION #6, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (ROTTERDAM) 2016

IL PALAZZO ENCICLOPEDICO, LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA (VENICE) 2013

EXHIBITION #1.1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING, CHALET SOCIETY (PARIS) 2012/13

OSTALGIA, NEW MUSEUM (NEW YORK) 2011

EXHIBITION #1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (LONDON) 2009/10

INNER WORLDS OUTSIDE, WHITECHAPEL GALLERY (LONDON) 2006

ART UNSOLVED, IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (DUBLIN) 1998

EXOTIC SPECIES: THE ART OF ANNA ZEMÁNKOVÁ, HIGH MUSEUM OF ART (ATLANTA) 1997

COLECTIE ARNULF RAINER MUSEUM DE STADSHOF (ZWOLLE) 1996

SÃO PAULO BIENNALE 1981

OUTSIDERS, HAYWARD GALLERY (LONDON) 1979

CATALOGUE OF EVERYTHING #6, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING 2016

GROUNDWATERS: A CENTURY OF ART BY SELF-TAUGHT & OUTSIDER ARTISTS, CHARLES RUSSEL (PRESTEL) 2011

EVERYTHING #1, THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING (ELECTA) 2010

SELF-TAUGHT AND OUTSIDER ART, ANTHONY PETULLO, (UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESS) 2005

L’ART BRUT, L’ART OUTSIDER ET AU-DELA, JOHN MAIZELS (PHAIDON) 2003

VERNACULAR VISIONARIES, ANNIE CARLANO AND JOHN BEARDSLEY (YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS) 2003

L’ART BRUT TCHEQUE, MARTINE LUSARDY AND ALENA NADVORNIKOVA (HALLE SAINT PIERRE) 2002

ARTISTS OF PURE HEART, ED. BY ANEZKA SIMKOVA (PAVEL KONECNY COLLECTION) 2001

OUTSIDER ART: SPONTANEOUS ALTERNATIVES, COLIN RHODES (THAMES & HUDSON) 2001

ART BRUT ET COMPAGNIE, LAURENT DANCHIN (HALLE SAINT PIERRE) 1995