27 Feb-27 Apr 2008. The PAC hosts an anthology by Jan Saudek, emblematic protagonist of the history of photography, displaying over 80 original black and white photographs and later hand-coloured pictures.
In his long career the Czech artist has been an author, a movie-director, a make-up artist as well as a scenery designer but his main interest has always been people. Saudek is lucid, impulsive, exaggerated, obsessed by time, aging and loss of beauty. In his works he digs into human minds. His subjects are ironic, humorous and sometimes kitsch, but always sanguine. His nudes express a grotesque and intriguing eroticism.
Born in Prague in 1935 Saudek, who is self taught, dreamt of becoming a photographer from adolescence. He first started work as a printer and during the first two decades of the Communist regime he was forced to work underground. However in the early 1980s, after he had gained recognition in the west, he was finally given a permit to work as an artist.