Born 1936 / PavlíkovRakovnicko, Czech Republic

1951-1961    Studies at the Secondary School of Applied Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (painting and printmaking), and on Saturdays and Sundays plays the drums with dance bands in the Rakovnik and Beroun districts.

1961-1969    He works in the Black Theatre of Jiri Srnec and travels with the company in Europe, Australia, Africa and America.

1962 His work is exhibited for the first time at the Guests of the Hollar Associatian exhibition, Prague. He first encounters contemporary 20th-century art at museums in Edinburgh and London.

1964 He studies the ethnic art of Australian aborigines and tribes of Oceania in Australian museums. It has a major influence on his own work, and he acquires the first objects for his future collection. He marries his first love, Milada, a former fellow student and member of the Black Theatre company, at the Czechoslovak Consulate in Sydney. He first sees the Biennale di Venezia.

1966 His first solo exhibitions at the Liberec Regional Gallery and the Gallery on Charles Square, Prague. He takes part in the “Current Trends in Czech Art” exhibition held for the AICA Congress in Prague.

1967 Participation at the International Biennial of Prints in Ljubljana. First solo exhibition abroad: Galerie im Centre, Gottingen.

1968 He exhibits for the first time in the USA: Recent Graphics from Prague, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Jan and Meda Mladek Collection).

1969 He starts to work with the Jacques and Anne Baruch Gallery, Chicago, which would subsequently organize Anderle’s exhibitions and promote his work throughout the USA. For the first time, he wins prizes at the international print biennials in Cracow and Liège. He participates in an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Durer organized by the Albrecht Durer Society in Nuremberg. Jacques Ludovicy from Luxemburg introduces Jiri Anderle’s work to the Baukunst Gallery, Cologne. Directed by Irene Gerlind and Gerd Kohrmann, this gallery publishes a catalogue of Jiri Anderle’s graphic works.

1969-1973    Assistant of the professors Jiri Trnka and Zdenek Sklenar at the College of Applied Arts in Prague (Prints and Illustration Studio).

1970  Exhibition of Prints at the Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague (with Stanislav Kalibal).

1971 Exhibition of Prints in Uppsala (with Jiri John and Adriena Simotova).

1972  A Francis Bacon retrospective in Dusseldorf makes an unexpectedly strong impact on him.

1979 He is deeply impressed by the Pablo Picasso retrospective in Paris.

1980  In the magazine Art News, Harold Joachim (director of the department of prints at the Art Institute of Chicago) calls Anderle’s print “Cruel Game for a Man” the most important print of the 1970s: Art News had asked prominent curators and print experts to pick their favorite image of the past decade, Art News (New York – Sept. 1980).

1981 He wins the Grand Prix at the International Biennial of Prints, Ljubljana.

1982 He exhibited at the central pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia, at the thematic exhibition “Arte come arte: Persistenza dell’opera” (Art as art: the persistence of the work). Retrospective of prints at the Natianalmuseum, Stockholm.

1983 Mladinska Knjiga Ljubljana and Edition Baukunst Koln publish a monograph of Anderle’s works (texts: J. Kotalik, J. Masin, G. Kohrmann, B. Hrabal).

1983 He participates in the exhibition “Dessins Tcheques du 20e. siecle” at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

1984 Further presentation of Anderle’s works at the central pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia at the thematic exhibitian, “Arte allo spechio” (Art in the Mirror).

1986 He teaches at the Summer Academy in Salzburg.

1990 Collaboration with the Baukunst Gallery in Cologne ends. Work on publishing the catalogue of his prints is continued by the Gotz Gallery in Stuttgart. First short trip to New York after an interval of 28 years.

1993  Solo exhibition at Epreuve d’Artiste Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

1994 The Munich exhibition, Elan Vital – a selection of 550 pivotal works by Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, Calder and Arp – makes a strong impression on Anderle. He begins the cycle, “Returns”.

1995 Retrospective of prints and drawings at the National Gallery, Prague. The Slovart Press published a major monograph of his works with texts by Jiri Machalicky and Jiri Anderle himself.

1996 Retrospective of paintings at the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle.

1997 Ethnic art in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Naprstek Museum in Prague affects him powerfully and once again has a strong influence on his work (“The Primordial” cycle), as well as inspiring him to build up his own collection of ethnic art from Africa.

1997 First short trip to Chicago to attend the 30th anniversary of the Jacques and Anne Baruch Gallery.

1998 He begins work on the cycles “Close of the Century” and “Close of the Millennium”.

2000 “Close of the Milenium ” exhibition on the occasion of the Monetary Found Meeting and World Bank Group at Prague Congress Centre.

2002 “View Back and Forward ” exhibition in Katowice (Poland). 2003 Opening of a permanent exposition of Andele’s art and collection of traditional African art in villa Pele, Prague 6.

2006 A gallery of Anderle’s early work opened at the local council building in Pavlíkov near Rakovník. Anderle was awarded the State Medal of Merit by the Czech president. Anderle is awarded with “Honorary Citizen” diploma of city of Prague.

2007  Solo exhibition at Epreuve d’Artiste Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

2008 The largest retrospective to date of Anderle’s prints held at the Cincinnati Museum, USA.

2009 The exhibition Batrachomyomachia – work 1959-2009 held at the House of the Stone Bell, City Gallery Prague (30 000 visitors).

2011 Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic awarded Anderle with “Artis Bohemiae Amicis” for propagation the good name of Czech culture.

2013 Trebia European Prize for creative work. There was published a book of memories Love for Love, which Anderle records in Czech Radio for eighteen years.

2014 exhibition of Pellé villa was relocated to a new gallery in his hometown, Pavlíkov.

2016 Anderle is preparing an exhibition on occasion of his eightieth birthday planned for September 2016 in the Municipal House in Prague.

Jiri Anderle lives and works in Prague, the Czech Republic.




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