Who:  The Ohio State University at Lima
Metaphor and Irony 2
  Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2005
Stage 2
Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

For Immediate Release

September 19, 2005

Contact:  Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Metaphor and Irony 2 spotlights Czech theatre design

Metaphor and Irony 2 will finish its yearlong tour of the United States when it opens at The Ohio State University at Lima during Once Upon a Sunday on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, in Stage 2 of the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts.


Stunning examples of contemporary Czech theatre design will be spotlighted by the exhibit, which will run through Oct. 7 at the campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays. Joseph Brandesky, professor of Theatre at Ohio State Lima and co-curator of Metaphor and Irony 2, will give gallery talks from 1-2 p.m. and 2 -3 p.m., Sept. 27 and 28. All events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required for the gallery talks as space is limited. Call the Box Office at (419) 995-8382.

Metaphor and Irony 2 showcases original costumes and puppets, models, scene and costume design renderings, and production photos, according to Brandesky. The exhibition, he says, will feature works by Frantisek Tröster, considered one of the most influential mid-20th century Czech theatre designers, and Jaroslav Malina, a frequent guest artist at Ohio State Lima.

“Our goal is to acquaint Americans with the quality and variety of Czech scene design,” says Brandesky. “(The Czech Republic) is a meeting point of cultural influences from around the world, and as such is a breeding ground for great art and great artists.”

The works of architect František Tröster, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2004, are some of the greatest manifestations of Czech modern scenography since the 1930s. Tröster´s career came to an end with his death in 1968. In Tröster´s work, we are given an opportunity of encountering the continuing development of modern Czech scenography, as well as seeing samples of his own original designs. The exhibition also presents not only the original stage and costume design work of his students and their students, but also the photographs of the productions and realized costume designs.

The concept of the exhibit is a continuation of the first exhibit, Metaphor and Irony that was hosted in the United States in 2000 and 2001. The first exhibit focused on the Czech stage design that emerged during the 20th century, and reflected the modernist trends and political changes of Central Europe. The first exhibit presented the works of Vlastislav Hofman, Jan Sládek, Josef Svoboda, Otakar Schindler from the older generation and Jaroslav Malina, Miroslav Melena, Jan Vančura, Marta Roszkopfová and Josef Jelínek, who are today classified as the middle generation. The members of the younger generation include Jana Preková, Simona Rybáková and Zuzana Štefunková.

Curators of both exhibits were Brandesky and Helena Albertová of the Theatre Institute in Prague. Metaphor and Irony 2 opened in Columbus in 2004 and has since made stops in San Antonio, the World Bank in Washington DC and various spots in Ohio.

 More information about Metaphor and Irony 2 can be found at www.divadlo.cz/mai2. The website contains information about the exhibit, as well as photographs from the exhibit and profiles of the curators. More information about Frantisek Tröster can be found at www.theatre.cz/frantisek.troster.


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