Albin Polasek: Destiny Fulfilled

October 26, 2021 to December 5, 2021

In celebration of the museum’s 60th anniversary in 2021, this exhibition will delve into the work and legacy of internationally renowned Czech American sculptor Albin Polasek (1879-1965). Rarely seen paintings, sculpture, and ephemera from the museum’s archives will illustrate the creative process of a master sculptor from conception to execution. Polasek won the Prix de Rome competition in 1910, was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1927, and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004.

Impressions of Life: Joza Uprka

December 14, 2021 to April 10, 2022

Introducing the exuberant art of Joža Uprka (1861-1940). Visitors will be swept up into the charming rural scenes in which he documented the vanishing customs and costumes of the Czech and Slovak people at the turn of the 19th Century.

This heritage is shared with our Museum founder, Albin Polasek, who, like Uprka, was also from the Moravian region, in what is now the Czech Republic. Fall in love with this vibrant colorist story, the details of the ethnic embroideries, the pageantry of holidays, and sincerity in which Joža Uprka recorded and depicted the everyday culture of his people. Part ethnographer, part Impressionist Master and Modernist painter, Uprka’s prolific body of work has been displayed internationally earning him recognition as one the finest painters of his time, and a star of the Czech Republic. He was close friends with elite artists of the period including Alfons Mucha and is a contemporary and fellow countryman of Albin Polasek. His oeuvre includes watercolors, oils, posters, etchings, and drawings, come from the George T. Drost collection of Chicago, IL. We invite you to bask in the glorious hues and brushstrokes of a master artist while learning about an interesting and festive culture.