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It was in the early 1960s that this Moravian woman began producing a body of work for which her humble background had not prepared her and which responded strikingly to injunctions from the innermost depths. Thus, at a time when the demons of the night were still competing with the seminal iridescence of dawn, she would gather strange flowers in her mind before drawing them forth on paper. ‘‘I grow flowers that don’t grow anywhere else,’’ she used to say. Anna Zemánková is already an established figure in the art brut, so much so that in 2013 she was honored at the 55th Venice Biennale before an important group of her works joined the collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2020.

anna zemankova - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1908 — 1986
Country Czech Republic

Born in 1908 in Olomouc, Moravia, Anna showed a keen interest in drawing from an early age, but her father did not understand her: she became a dental assistant.

In 1933, she married an officer, stopped working, and devoted herself fully to her home. The couple had three sons—the first of whom died at the age of 4—and, later, a daughter. Her role as a loving mother keeps her fully occupied. After the Second World War, the family moved to Prague, in 1950, after which, Anna fell into depression and, because of her diabetes, had both her legs amputated. At over 50—perhaps rekindling her childhood dream—Anna began to produce daily spontaneous drawings of vegetal inspiration between 4 am and 7 am, a moment she feels she captures magnetic forces.

At the beginning of the artwork, she is unaware of its final form: “Everything works by itself,” “[…] no need to think.” This vegetation without roots or humus, these blooms sometimes mental, sometimes organic, from which abyssal herbarium do they spring forth? To which realm do they belong? Yet, akin to the works of Séraphine de Senlis, are they still flowers? Are they not already fruits? Fleshy with the haunting juices, gorged with the impulse of a woman who, giving herself over to an unresolved mystery, simply says, “I live.”

These strikingly detailed works, driven by a singular rhythm of spirals, arabesques, and geometric shapes, have made Anna a major figure in the art brut movement. Her work is represented in the most prestigious collections, culminating in the international pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

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untitled, 1960
23.23 x 33.07 in
The film about Lenin - Nadejda Kroupskaïa, 1960
23.23 x 33.07 in
untitled, 1975
34.65 x 24.41 in
untitled, 1960
23.23 x 33.07 in
untitled, 1967
24.41 x 34.65 in
untitled, 1970
24.41 x 34.65 in
untitled, 1975
17.72 x 24.41 in
untitled, 1980
35.04 x 27.56 in
untitled, 1975
17.32 x 24.41 in
Anna Zemánková hortus deliciarum #2
Anna Zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2 - © christian berst — art brut

Texts : Terezie Zemánková and Manuel Anceau
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Anna Zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2, from June, 17 to July 18, 2021.

little venice
aloïse corbaz madge gill leopold strobl anna zemánková, main gallery. From May 18 to June 15, 2024.
celestial epics
art brut in the Decharme collection, Villa Médicis. From March 1 to May 19, 2024.
art brut masterpieces from 1940 to 2020
artgenève 2024, palexpo B23. From January 25 to 28, 2024.
Daniela Mikulášková, Anna Zemánková – Sentenze
OFF/FORMAT gallery. From November 8 to December 13, 2023.
anna zemánková
paris+ par art basel, stand E28, Grand Palais Éphémère. From October 20 to 22, 2023.
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My inner harmonies
untitled gallery - Zborovska 64, Prague. From March 23 to April 26, 2023.
Culturas Paralelas:
works from the treger saint silvestre collection, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal. From February 17 to April 22, 2023.
Rituals for a new world, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. From February 15 to May 7, 2023.
the butterfly dream, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève. From January 25 to June 11, 2023.
treasures. From December 8 to January 22, 2022.
fragilités :
with Luboš Plný and Anna Zemánková, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague. From October 20, 2022 to January 8, 2023.
The earth has music for those who listen :
with works by Anna Zemánková, Sapling Gallery Limited, Londres. From September 14 to October 15, 2022.
2022, Palexpo, Geneva. From March 3 to 6, 2022.
Anna Zemánková,
Curator: Lukas Hofmann, FUTURA, Prague. From December 7, 2021 to January 16, 2022.
Anna Zemánková :
hortus deliciarum #2, at the gallery. From June 17 to July 18, 2021.
Become native again
curator : Julie Crenn, Centre d'art contemporain, Lacoux. From May 29 to October 31, 2021.
#47, cancelled. From October 21 to 25, 2020.
ladies brut
Galerie Gugging. From September 17 to November 8, 2020.
Ojo electrico
Casa Encendida, Madrid. September 24, 2019.
Flora & Fauna brut
Gugging Gallery. From May 15 to August 30, 2019.
Treger Saint-Silvestre Collection, Centro de Arte Oliva, Portugal. From April 13 to September 15, 2019.
drawing now 2019
Carreau du Temple. From March 27 to 30, 2019.
on the edge of the visible and the invisible, at the gallery. From March 7 to April 13, 2019.
Flying High
Women Artists of Art Brut, Kunstforum, Vienne. From February 15 to June 23, 2019.
Leben in art brut
coll. Hannah Rieger, Bildraum, Vienna. From July 14 to August 16, 2018.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
Anna Zemánková
retrospective , la Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. From June 9 to November 26, 2017.
Drawing Now 2017
Le Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 23 to 26, 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies, Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal. From January 1 to February 26, 2017.
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. From March 5 to May 22, 2016.
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
I Saw the Earth Like a Broken Egg
at the Gallery in New York City. From July 22 to September 6, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
The Wall
Antoine de Galbert Collection , la Maison rouge, Paris. From June 14 to September 21, 2014.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
anna zemankova
hortus deliciarum, at the gallery. From May 31 to July 20, 2013.
il palazzo enciclopedico, Venice Bienale #55
curator Massimiliano Gioni, Arsenale. From May 29 to July 28, 2013.
Art Brut. Anatomia Metamorphosis
Kobe, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art. From February 4 to March 25, 2012.
Anatomia Metamorphosis
Muzeum Montanelli, Praha. From June 15 to September 30, 2011.
New Museum, New York. From February 10 to June 7, 2011.
beyond the boundaries season 2010
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 16 to October 16, 2010.
Inner Worlds Outside
Fundacion La Caixa, Madrid ; Whitechapel gallery, London ; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. From January 18 to December 30, 2006.
e-scapes: power of place
Cavin-Morris gallery, New York. From September 30 to November 30, 1999.
Art Spirite, Mediumnique, Visionnaire
Messages D’Outre-Monde, La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris. From September 13, 1999 to February 27, 2000.
Anna Zemánková - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemánková - © christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © christian berst — art brut
view of the exhibition *fragilities*, Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague, 2022 - © © Galerie Rudolfinum, photo : Martin Polàk, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *Anna Zemánková*, curator: Lukas Hofmann, FUTURA, Prague, 2021-2022 - © © Jan Kolský, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *the beyond : on the edge of the visible and the invisible*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: elena groud, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut*, curators: ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, austria, 2019. - © kunstforum, photo: nilo klotz, christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemánková - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemánková - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemánková - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemánková - © christian berst — art brut
Press review
Anna Zemankova and Julian Göthe
Simone Molinari, Frieze. May 15, 2024.
Venice Diary Day 1: A First Look Inside the Biennale’s “Foreigners Everywhere” Main Exhibition
Emily Watlington, Artnews. April 19, 2024.
La foire ArtGenève inaugure une année d’incertitudes pour le marché et de surprises pour les amateurs
Béatrice De Rochebouët, Le Figaro. January 30, 2024.
Artgenève 2024, une édition haute en couleurs
Caroline D’Esneval, The Gaze Of A Parisienne. January 29, 2024.
Paris+ fait rayonner la capitale française : des stands sold out
Armelle Malvoisin, Beaux Arts Magazine. November 24, 2023.
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Paris+ par art basel, vu pour vous : anna zemánková
Emmanuelle Lequeux, Beaux Arts Magazine. October 31, 2023.
Le 10 migliori gallerie della super fiera Paris+ a Parigi
Massimiliano Tonelli, Artribune. October 25, 2023.
Paris+ par Art Basel 2023: tutte le grandi vendite dalla fiera più sexy dell’anno
Davide Landoni, ArtsLife. October 24, 2023.
Mit aller Macht: Der zweite Aufritt der Kunstmesse Paris+
Alexandra Wach, Taggespiegel. October 24, 2023.
Art contemporain : à la foire Paris+, les affaires continuent
Sabine Gignoux, La Croix. October 24, 2023.
Paris+ par Art Basel au Grand Palais Éphémère
Olivier De Rincquesen, BFM TV. October 24, 2023.
Paris+ by Art Basel+ Money+ Art : Anna Zemánková
Hélène Jourdan-Gassin, Chez Lola Gassin. October 23, 2023.
6 Standout Booths at Paris+ par Art Basel
Paul Laster, Galerie Magazine. October 21, 2023.
Paris+ par Art Basel l’art envers et contre tout
Valérie Duponchelle, Béatrice De Rochebouët, Le Figaro. October 21, 2023.
Anna Zemánková à Paris + par Art Basel 2023 : Ce week-end, la foire à la pointe de l’art contemporain à Paris
Hanyu Noriko, Ovni Navi. October 20, 2023.
13 superbes stands de paris+ qui méritent de braver la foule - Christian Berst : l’herbier magique d’Anna Zemánková
Maïlys Celeux-Lanval, Inès Boittiaux, Joséphine Bindé, Florelle Guillaume, Beaux Arts Magazine. October 19, 2023.
Nos 9 stands favoris de Paris+ par Art Basel : fleurs magiques - Anna Zemánková
Alison Moss, Stéphanie Pioda, Julie Chaizemartin, Jade Pillaudin, Le Quotidien De L’Art. October 18, 2023.
french galleries, turning a spotlight on female artists: anna zemánková at Paris+ by art basel
Anne-Cécile Sanchez, Le Journal Des Arts. October 6, 2023.
Paris+ par Art Basel dans la continuité
Anne-Cécile Sanchez, Le Journal Des Arts. September 29, 2023.
À Lafayette Anticipations, l’œuvre d’art devient rituel mystique et transe collective
Matthieu Jacquet, Numéro. February 17, 2023.
La galerie Art brut Praha expose « ce que le cerveau humain est capable de faire »
Anaïs Raimbault, Radio Prague International. October 29, 2022.
rêver l’obscur
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. February 23, 2022.
Diaporama sur l’exposition Anna Zemankova
Joël Riff, Chronique Curiosité. September 7, 2021.
Anna Zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2
Katia Barillot, Le Marais Mood - Instagram. July 20, 2021.
Anna Zemánková - Hortus Deliciarum #2
La Rédaction, Télérama. July 4, 2021.
Exposition. Le jardin des délices
Pauline Sommelet, Point De Vue. June 30, 2021.
Galerie Christian Berst. Anna Zemánková, Hortus Delicarum #2
La Rédaction, ELLE Décoration. June 24, 2021.
La flore poétique d’Anna Zemánková
Philippe Godin, La Diagonale De L’art. June 22, 2021.
FLOWER POWER - Hortus Deliciarum #2 Anna Zemànkovà Galerie Christian Berst
Claire Margat, June 21, 2021.
Hortus Deliciarum #2
La Rédaction, Parisart. June 19, 2021.
Agenda des vernissages de la semaine du 17 juin
La Rédaction, Toute La Culture.. June 17, 2021.
Anna Zemánková - Hortus Deliciarum #2
La Rédaction, Arts Magazine. June 14, 2021.
les réprouvées de l’art brut déferlent à vienne
Clémentine Mercier, Libération Next. March 12, 2019.
quand l’art brut redessine l’art contemporain
Isabelle Danto, Revue Esprit. September 15, 2018.
anna zemánková ou la vie impossible.
Philippe Godin, La Diagonale De L’art. June 15, 2017.
Exhibiting art brut
Christian Berst Propos Recueillis Par Claire Margat, Artpress 2. August 23, 2013.
Les fleurs délices d’Anna Zemankova
Dominique Poiret, Libération. July 17, 2013.
Anna Zemankova Hortus deliciarum
Philippe Godin, ParisArt. June 28, 2013.
Anna Zemankova
La Gazette De Drouot. June 21, 2013.
Anna Zemankova
Bénédicte Phillipe, Télérama Sortir. June 19, 2013.
Anna Zemankova galerie christian berst
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. June 10, 2013.
La flore d'Anna
Philippe Lespinasse, Siné Mensuel. June 3, 2013.
anna zemánková, l’artiste qui « inventait des fleurs qui ne poussent nulle part »
Anna Kubišta, Radio Praha. May 31, 2013.
La folie de l'art brut
Roxana Azimi, Le Monde. May 14, 2013.
Le “mort-vivant” Anna Zemankova
Stéphane Corréard, Arts Magazine. May 6, 2013.
mea culpa + mea felicita
Philippe Ducat, Oh Cet Echo. November 14, 2012.
Une rentrée hors-les-normes
Télérama Sortir. September 29, 2010.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
United States
collection Laurent et Alice Nebot
collection karma liess
collection Jean-Claude Volot
collection Marc Le Pitre
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collection Didier et Sabine Skrobala
collection Marion Lambert
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
collection de l’Art brut
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Antoine Frérot collection
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Antoine de Galbert collection
Piet Meyer collection
Amr Shaker collection
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
Hervé Lancelin collection
Arnulf Rainer collection
Intuit, The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
United States
Dr. Guislain Museum
Anthony Petullo Collection
United States
Dammann collection
Olomouc Museum of Art
Czech Republic
Anna Zemankova hortus deliciarum 2
rêver l’obscur, Julie Crenn
artgenève 2022
anna zemánková à paris+ par art basel 2023
paris+ par art basel, solo show anna zemánková stand E28, grand palais éphémère (paris) du 18 au 22[…]
Anna Zemánková

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