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Like Frida Khalo half a century before her, Anna Zemankova has abandoned herself in creation while she is bedridden and depressed, a result of the amputation of her legs. Condemned to the silent contemplation of the rising day, an astonishing vegetation slowly grew in her: at dawn, this family mother, in a trance, picked strange flowers in thought, that she later made bloom on paper. These plants, lush and fertile, are present today in the most prestigious collections and were even highly praised at the international pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2013.

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

Anna Zemánková was born in 1908 in Olomouc, Moravia, then a province of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. While still a child she showed a great fondness for drawing; her father, however, had no sympathy for her predisposition and she became a dental technician.

In 1933, she married an army officer and stopped working to devote herself to her family. The couple had three sons, the older of whom died at the age of four, and later, a daughter. A loving mother, she spent all her time taking care of her family. After World War Two, the family moved to Prague. In 1950 she began to suffer from depression, and because of diabetes, had to have both legs amputated.

She was over 50 when – perhaps in a return to her childhood dreams – she began painting daily, working every day from four to seven in the morning to sketch spontaneous drawings inspired by plants. It was in these early hours that she felt she could capture magnetic forces. When she set about drawing, she had no idea of the final shape the work would take, saying, “It all works by itself … there is no need to think.”

Her strikingly detailed works with a compelling rhythm of spirals, arabesques and geometric shapes make Zemánková a major figure in art brut. They are to be found in the most prestigious art brut collections and Zemánková is to be duly honoured at the international pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2013.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1970
11.81 x 16.54 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1970
17.72 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1970
33.86 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1970
33.46 x 23.62 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1960
7.87 x 5.91 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1960
34.65 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1960
3.94 x 2.76 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1960
3.94 x 3.15 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1960
3.94 x 2.76 in
Exhibitions
Ojo electrico
Casa Encendida, Madrid. September 24, 2019.
Flora & Fauna brut
Gugging Gallery. From May 15 to August 30, 2019.
Extravaganza
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.
beyond
on the edge of the visible and the invisible, at the gallery. From March 7 to April 13, 2019.
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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.
PreTENse
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.
Anatomia Metamorphosis
Muzeum Montanelli, Praha. From June 15 to September 30, 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.
Exhibition view of *Anna Zemankova : hortus delicarum*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2013. - © christian berst art brut, 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
Press review
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.
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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.
Collections
LaM, musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut de Lille Métropole
France
Antoine de Galbert collection
France
collection de l’Art brut
Switzerland
abcd collection
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
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Arnulf Rainer collection
Austria
Intuit, The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
United States
Dr. Guislain Museum
Belgium
Anthony Petullo Collection
United States
Dammann collection
Switzerland
Olomouc Museum of Art
Czech Republic
Anna Zemankova

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