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Kaja Saudek – King of Czech Comics
June 30, 2011   
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Kaja Saudek, twin brother of the famous Czech photographer Jan Saudek, has been variously described as a black sheep in artistic circles, a gatecrasher in academia, and a kitschmeister among culture vultures.

The Galeria Nizio is now hosting a retrospective exhibition that features dozens of the works of this artist, now lionized as the father of Czechoslovak, and later Czech, comics.

Saudek, born in 1935, started drawing in childhood but communist censorship was such that publishing them was out of the question. It was not until the late 1960s, when Czechoslovakia was engaged in a short-lived flirtation with freedom, that his first comics were published. Saudek’s distinctive style and exceptional talent caught the attention of screenwriters and directors, and his artistic input was sought on several famous films.

In 1966, he was invited by director and screenwriter Milos Macourek to work on Who Wants to Kill Jessie? Saudek designed the posters, all the promotional materials, and fictional comics for the film. The success of the film allowed him to start creating illustrations and strips for many newspapers and periodicals as an freelancer.

Three years ago, Kaja Saudek’s Muriel and the Angels was voted the best comic of all time by a panel comprising 60 comics experts.

Open until July, 10
Galeria Nizio, 3/4 In¿ynierska St.
Tue.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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