František Kupka – Man and Earth (Mongolian rendition - herder-style case)
库普卡 – 人与地球

With its scope and meaning, the singular series entitled Man and Earth is the work of one of the most important visual artists of the twentieth century – František Kupka. 

This extraordinary publication was produced in a special print run of 333 copies to accompany the eponymous exhibition held at the National Gallery of China in Beijing from 26 July to 23 August 2005. It contains the reproduced cycle of 105 ink drawings entitled Man and Earth in which František Kupka depicts the history of humanity and its culture at the start of the twentieth century to accompany Élisée Reclus’s book L’Homme et la terre. The way in which the chapters are numbered matches the sequence used in the French original published between 1905 and 1908.

The graphic rendering by the leading Chinese artist Shen Shaojun interlinks the globally admired, traditional Chinese art of the Ming Dynasty with Western culture as represented by the Czech Kupka.

Preface:  Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic; Pavel Dostál, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic; Vítězslav Grepl, Czech Ambassador to China; Feng Yuan, General Director of the National Gallery of China.
František Kupka’s Biography:  Anna Pravdová
František Kupka – Man and Earth: Ludmila Vachtová
Nine copies are stored in wooden cases made according to a design by Professor Ariunbold from the Mongolian State University for Culture and Arts in Ulaanbaatar. The cases were made for the exhibition of Kupka's works in Mongolia, which was held from 26 to 30 September 2006 in honour of the historical first visit of the Czech Republic’s president to Mongolia during the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the country’s establishment. It is made from wood, camel hide, bones, semi-precious stones, and wrought silver.

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