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Anna Zemánková is a well-established figure in art brut, so much so that she was honoured in 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennale before an important group of her works just joined the collections of the Centre Pompidou. In the early 1960s this Moravian artist began to produce a body of work for which her humble background had not prepared her, and which responded in a striking way to injunctions from the innermost depths. « I grow flowers that don’t grow anywhere else » she used to say.

Second part of a monograph presented in 2013, hortus deliciarum #2 brings together a series of productions with striking details, fleshy flowers and fruits, filled with heady juices, gorged with the impulse of a woman who, relying on the unresolved mystery, simply says “I live”.

Anna Zemánková (1908-1986) is a well-established figure in art brut, so much so that she was honoured in 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennale. In the early 1960s this Moravian began to produce a body of work for which her humble background had not prepared her, and which responded in a striking way 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 from the paper. Stitching them back together, embroidering them, pruning them, embossing them. Sometimes going so far as to suture them with satin tassels and ribbons, sometimes studding the heavens with thousands of pinpricks.

An entire system of white magic in the service of a hortus deliciarum from which she hoped, perhaps, to make the ointments, balms and potions that would cure her depression and float her being. Though her legs were amputated and she was condemned to the silent contemplation of daybreak, this germination was slowly growing inside her. ‘‘I grow flowers that don’t grow anywhere else,’’ she used to say. But from what herbarium of the abysses did these rootless, soil-less plants, these blooms – sometimes imaginary, sometimes organic – spring? To what plant kingdom do they belong? How are they to be classified? Moreover, like the work of the painter Séraphine de Senlis, are they still flowers? Are they not already fruit? Fleshy, filled with heady juices, gorged with the impulse of a woman who, giving herself over to an unresolved mystery, simply says, ‘‘I live’’.
Most of the works we have the pleasure of presenting are unveiled for the first time, and are among the most remarkable of her creation.

Exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *anna zemánková : hortus deliciarum #2*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemankova untitled, 1975
17.72 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemankova untitled, 1975
17.32 x 24.41 in
Anna Zemankova untitled, 1980
17.72 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemankova untitled, 1960
23.23 x 33.07 in
Anna Zemankova untitled, 1965
34.65 x 24.41 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Anna Zemankova untitled, 1970
17.72 x 24.41 in
Artist
Anna Zemankova
anna zemankova - © christian berst — art brut

Anna Zemánková is a well-established figure in art brut, so much so that she was honoured in 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennale before an important group of her works joined the collections of the Centre Pompidou. In the early 1960s this humble Moravian began to produce a body of work for which her humble background had not prepared her, and which responded in a striking way to injunctions from the innermost depths. « I grow flowers that don’t grow anywhere else » she used to say.

Catalog
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.

Press review
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.
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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, Lacritique.org. 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.
Video
Anna Zemankova hortus deliciarum 2
Anna Zemánková

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