Vladimír Janoušek

Vladimír  Janoušek

1922 Front Ždírnice u Nová Paky ✚1986 Prague



Completes the Trutnov Gymnasium.


Attends a graduate course in Hořice. After the course is abolished, is employed by a construction company in Hostinné.


Studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Brno. Admitted to the studio of prof. Karel Dvořák at the School of Applied Arts in Prague.


Forced labor under German rule. Works in Saxony, Germany.


Fails the entrance exams at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.


Studies at the School of Applied Arts in Prague (since 1948 at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design) in the studio of prof. Josef Wagner. His classmates are Miloš Chlupáč, Věra Havlová, Eva Kmentová, Zdeněk Palcr, Alina Szapocznikovová, Olbram Zoubek.


Marries the sculptor Věra Havlová.


Together with his wife he spends two semesters at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia under prof. Ivan Funěva.


Graduates from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Acquires a studio in Malátova Street in Smíchov, where he works until 1956.


Admitted to the II. Regional Center of the Union of Czechoslovak Graphic Artists, Umělecká beseda. Here he meets Václav Bartovský and other artists of the future UB12 Group.


Wins several competitions and executes public commissioins (relief for the House of Fashion in Prague 1955-1956, relief for the Czechoslovak Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Brussels, 1958, Karel Hynek Mácha’s memorial for Doksy, 1961.


Abandons traditional sculptural material and begins working with asbestos-cement, polyvinyl chloride, welding technology, metal plates and bars. The first mobile sculptures are created.


His monograph on Jiří Šetlík was published by Publishing House of Czechoslovak Graphic Artists.


Builds a studio in Košíře, where he works until his death.


Mother passes away. First solo exhibition, Pendulums and other sculptures, takes place in the New Hall in Prague. Participates in the sculpture symposium in Liberec. At the World Exhibition in Montreal his sculpture Mother with a Child is placed in the Czechoslovak Pavilion.


Architectural work realized (paradise courtyard in the reconstructed George Monastery, sculptures with water components for Kajetan terraces and others).


Creates a monumental sculpture Threat of War for the Czechoslovak Pavilion at the World Exhibition in Osaka.
With the advent of Normalization, the group UB 12 began to dissolve and was officially banned in 1970.

Based on biographical data of the members of UB12 up to 1970 in: SLAVICKÁ Milena. UB 12 - Studies, interviews, documents. Prague: Gallery in cooperation with Gema Art a o.s. OSVU, 2006, pp. 306-311

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