Author: Adolf Hoffmeister
Provenance: Europe – Czechoslovakia
Design: Adolf Hoffmeister (Prague 15 August 1902 – July 24, 1973 Ricky) was a Czech writer, journalist, playwright, painter, cartoonist, translator, diplomat, lawyer and explorer. In 1939 he emigrated to Paris, where he was imprisoned for seven months, and after the fall of France went to Morocco. In 1941 he came to New York in the USA, where he worked as a broadcaster and editor of the Voice of America. Home came in 1945. A year later he worked for UNESCO and in 1954 – 1956 he was rector of Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. In 1954 he published his book Postcards from China, which describes the journey of Czech cultural workers throughout the country. In 1920 he became a founder of the Devětsil, a member of Mánes. He was the brilliant cartoonist, a great illustrator, author of the original collages, witty writer, poet, playwright, organizer of international exhibitions and art collector, and thanks to his work belongs to the pre-war personalities that shaped Czech avant-garde.
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