Not for glory! Not for gain! Commemorative glass figurines at the Czechoslovak Spartakiad 1955

Bell, Rebecca (2014) Not for glory! Not for gain! Commemorative glass figurines at the Czechoslovak Spartakiad 1955. In: 2014 Design History Society: Design for War and Peace Conference, 04-06 Sep 2014, Kellogg College, Oxford University.

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Abstract

In this paper I discussed my research into a series of glass figurines created by artist Miloslav Klinger for the 1955 International Spartakiad in Prague. Mass gymnastics in Socialist Czechoslovakia were a key site for the visual representation of ideological meaning. In the Czechoslovak context, this was layered with the semiotics of Sokol and the Czech National Awakening of the nineteenth century. As such, glass figurines created by artists connected to key sites of production in North Bohemia brought together a complex historical and political commentary beyond their role as souvenirs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 26195
Depositing User: Rebecca Bell
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 15:46
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 15:46
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26195

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