Anna Zemánková (1908–86) was a Czech artist well known in art brut circles. There have been many prestigious gallery shows of her art including the Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York and the Galerie Christian Berst in Paris. Her artworks have been displayed in art fairs such as Frieze Masters, London and The Outsider Art Fair in New York and Paris, as well as the pinnacle of the contemporary art calendar, the Venice Biennale. Anna’s work features in many prominent collections such as: Collection De L’Art Brut, Lausanne, ABCD Collection, Paris, Museum of Everything, LaM and the Centre Pompidou.

Her works cannot be simply categorised as art brut or mediumistic. They are magical, mystical, other-worldly and visionary treasures created by a self-taught genius.

This glorious publication (English version) was published by KANT and ABCD in Prague, 2017 with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. It is edited by Anežka Šimková and Terezie Zemánková.

ISBN: 978-800-7437-231-5 and 978-80-906842-0-1

“This extraordinary new publication presents a representative selection of Zemánková’s drawings, collages, objects and assemblages, accompanied by texts written by experts and researchers including Roger Cardinal, Eva Kotátková, Terezie Zemánková, Manuel Anceau, Pascale Jeanneret and Bruno Decharme. These are not staid scholarly essays; each contributor tries in their own way to understand the inherent mystery of Zemánková’s art. Readers are invited to join them on a journey through Zemánková’s visionary work.”

This publication in three separate editions (Czech/English/French) contains over 250 colour plates, specialized articles and unpublished photographs of Anna Zemánková. It can be purchased from several sources including the publisher KANT Books and the Collection De L’Art Brut

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