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The Chýnov Vision of František Bílek

The House of František Bílek in Chýnov (photo Tomáš Souček, 2011)

Údolní 133
391 55 Chýnov u Tábora
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opening hours from 1 May till 3 November 2019
Tue-Sun 10 a.m.–12 a.m., 1 p.m.–5 p.m. 

 


the house is closed during the winter season 
from 4 November 2019 to 30 April 2020

 

 

admission
full: 50 CZK
reduced: 30 Kč

 

 

contact
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+420 381 297 230
+420 775 204 388

 

 

exposition
František Bílek’s Chýnov Visions >

 

The building is not barrier-free.
GPS: 49.404258, 14.806606

From 1 May 2011, the Chýnov house of František Bílek includes a new permanent exhibition presenting the remarkable Art Deco and Symbolist oeuvre of the artist, who created a basis for his work in his native Chýnov in the form of an original authorʼs variant of a family house with a studio. 

 

The house, built by Bílek in 1898 of ecru brickwork and bearing contemporary “folk” wooden elements and woodcuts, refers to the traditional Chýnov architecture. The unmistakable character of the house is, however, mainly given by the stucco figural reliefs on the façade, featuring symbolic subjects of Divine protection and human spiritual growth, accompanied by verses from St Johnʼs Gospel, executed in the stucco window reveals. 

 

The majority of works displayed in the new exhibition is directly related to the Chýnov house. They were mostly created by Bílek here in the late 1890s and in the beginning of the first decade of the 20th century, while others became part of the interior during Bílekʼs lifetime. 

 

The representative selection of works in which the artist mainly presents himself as a sculptor includes works referring to the national spiritual tradition of the Czech nation, rooted in this very region. 

 

These include two designs of unrealized monuments – a model of the monumental National Monument for White Mountain (1908), realized on a scale of 1:10 and expressing the rise and fall of the Czech nation, and a design for the Jan Žižka Monument for the Prague Vítkov Memorial (1913), celebrating the era of the Hussite movement.