Karel Klostermann / Czech-german comics symposium

Karel Klostermann / Czech-german comics symposium

Grannary Klenová
3. 9. - 29. 10. 2023

28 August 2023 – 1 September 2023 – symposium

3 September 2023 – 29 October 2023 – exhibition

2 September 2023 / 3pm – opening reception

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Karel Faustin Klostermann (1848–1923), one of the most important representatives of Czech-German rural literature, an author who focused in particular on capturing the Bohemian Forest region in writing. The symposium has thus made it its objective to remember this significant regional figure of cross-border importance. During the symposium, the participating artists will put together comic-book adaptations of selected stories by Klostermann. At the end of the week-long residency, which is being attended by nine artists from the Czech Republic and Germany – Mára Čmára (Marek Kulhavý), Jeff Chi, Kateřina Illnerová, Matěj Kolář, Johana Kubalová, Mathias Meikel, Sophie Nicklas, Anna Portyšová, and Kilian Wilde – the participants will present a large-scale exhibition in the Klenová granary. In November 2023, the exhibition will then be reprised at the Centrum Bavaria Bohemia in Sch?nsee, Germany, followed by another showing at the Czech Center in Munich in February 2024. The symposium and exhibition are organized in collaboration with the Karel Klostermann – Poet of the Bohemian Forest association, which actively nurtures the legacy of this interesting writer on both sides of the border. The project is made possible thanks to financial support from the Czech-German Fund for the Future.

Symposium and exhibition curators: Petra Mazáčová, Michal Lazorčík


Accompanying events in Klenová / Begleitende Programme in Klenová:


31 August 2023 / 9am–noon, 12:30–6pm – open house (chance to see comic-book artists at work + comic-book workshop for children and youth)


31 August 2023/ 2pm – lecture by the chairperson of the Karel Klostermann association


31 August 2023 / 3pm – lecture by leading Czech comic-book theorist Pavel Kořínek


9 September 2023 / 2pm – art workshop on the Karel Klostermann exhibition for the public, led by one of the comic-book authors and an educator at Klenová


16 September 2023 / 3pm and 28 October 2023 / 2pm – guided tour with exhibition curator Michal Lazorčík