Jiri Anderle

Jiri Anderle

Printing, painting


Born on September 14th 1936 in Pavlikov near Rakovnik

1943 His father dies.
1951–1961 Studies at the Secondary School of Applied Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (painting and printmaking), and on Saturdays and Sundays plays the drums with bands at dances in the Rakovník and Beroun districts.
1961–1969 Works in the Black Theatre of Jiri Srnec. Tours with the company in Europe, Australia, Africa and America.
1962 His work is exhibited for the first time at the Guests of the Hollar Association exhibition, Prague. He first encounters contemporary 20th-century art at museums in Edinburgh and London.
1963 He sees a retrospective of work by Max Ernst in Cologne.

He studies the ethnic art of Australian aborigines and tribes of Oceania in Australian museums. It has a major influeuce on his own work, and he acquires the first objects for his future collection. Marries his first love, Milada, a former fellow student and member of the Black Theatre company, at the Czechoslovak Consulate in Sydney.
He first sees the Biennale di Venezia.

1966 First solo exhibitions at the Liberec Regional Gallery and the Gallery on Charles Square, Prague. Takes part in the CURRENT TRENDS IN CZECH ART exhibition held for the AICA Congress in Prague.
1967 Takes part for the first time in the International Biennial of Prints in Ljubljana. First solo exhibition abroad: Galerie im Centre, Göttingen.
1968 Exhibits for the first time in the USA: Recent Graphics from Prague, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Jan and Meda Mladek Collection).
1969 Starts to work with the Jacques and Anne Baruch Gallery, Chicago, which would subsequently organise Anderle's exhibitions and promote his work throughout the USA. For the first time wins prizes at international print biennials in Cracow and Liege. Participates in an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Dürer organised by the Albrecht Dürer Society in Nüremberg - Albrecht Dürer zu ehren (Albrecht Dlirer Geselschaft Nüremberg). Jacques Ludovicy from Luxemburg introduces the Baukunst Gallery, Cologne, to Jiri Anderle's work. Directed by Irene Gerlind and Gerd Köhrmann, this gallery begins to publish a catalogue of Jiri Anderle's graphic works.
1969–1973 Assistant to professors Jiri Trnka and Zdenek Sklenar at the College of Applied Arts in Prague (Prints and Illustration Studio).
1970 Exhibition of Prints at the Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague (together with Stanislav Kolibal).
1971 Exhibition of Prints Konsthallen, Uppsala (jointly with Jiri John and Adriena Simotova).
1972 A Francis Bacon retrospective in Düsseldorf makes an unexpectedly strong impact on him.
1979 He is deeply impressed by the Pablo Picasso retrospective in Paris.
1980 In the magazine Art News, Harold Joachim (director of the department of prints at the Art Institute of Chicago) calls Anderle's print CRUEL GAME FOR A MAN the most important print of the 1970s: Art News had asked prominent curators and print experts to pick their favourite image of the past decade, Art News (New York - Sept. 1980).
1981 Wins the Grand Prix at the International Biennial of Prints, Ljubljana, for the ILLUSION AND REALITY cycle.
1982 Pictures from the ILLUSION AND REALITY cycle are exhibited at the central pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia, at the thematic exhibition ARTE COME ARTE: PERSISTENZA DELL'OPERA (Art as art: the persistence of the work). Retrospective of prints at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.
1983 Mladinska Knjiga Ljubljana and Edition Baukunst Köln publish a monograph of Anderle's works (texts: J. Kotalik, J. Masin, G. Köhrmann, B. Hrabal).
Participates in the exhibition DESSINS TCHEQUES DU 20E. SIECLE at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
1984 Further presentation of Anderle's works at the central pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia at the thematic exhibition, ARTE ALLO SPECHIO (Art in the Mirror).
1986 Teaches at the Summer Academy in Salzburg.
1990 Collaboration with the Baukunst Gallery in Cologne ends. Work on publishing the catalogue of his prints is continued by the Götz Gallery in Stuttgart. First short trip to New York after an interval of 28 years.
1994 The Munich exhibition, Élan Vital - a selection of 550 pivotal works by Kandinsky, Klee, Miró, Calder and Arp - makes a strong impression on Anderle. He begins the cycle, RETURNS.
1995 Retrospective of prints and drawings at the National Gallery, Prague. The Slovart Press published a major monograph of his works with texts by Jiri Machalicky and Jiri Anderle himself.
1996 Retrospective of paintings at the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle.
1997 Ethnic art in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Naprstek Museum in Prague affects him powerfully and once again has a strong influence on his work (THE PRIMORDIAL cycle), as well as inspiring him to build up his own collection of ethnic art from Africa.
First short trip to Chicago to attend the 30th anniversary of the Jacques and Anne Baruch Gallery.


Jiri Anderle lives and works in Prague, the Czech Republic.