Petr Heber & Tomi Ungerer
Petr Heber - Scrap Art
Petr Heber, sculptor, restorer and creator of unique spatial compositions made of iron, stone and wood, was born in 1942 and has lived in Jičín since he was four years old. He first became known to the professional public in the 1970s with his work "American Still Life". At that time, he collected a rare Coca-Cola can that he had smashed, an American cigarette box and a few cigarette butts. He used glue to incorporate everything into a framed wall object. There was a lot of courage in this, using objects that in their time were considered a symbol of the reprehensible capitalist way of life. Since then, Petr Heber has been reviving in a provocative way things whose function has ceased or which have long since outlived their original function. It can be a broken spoon, pieces of old furniture, various parts of dismantled or damaged technical equipment. With extraordinary imagination and a feeling for the material, its shape and composition, he uses many combined techniques to create archetypal and timeless living works. His exhibits are exhibited mainly in the Czech Republic and Germany and are prized by European collectors of modern art.
Tomi Ungerer - Erotic Art
Jean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer (*1931 - †2019) lived and worked in New York, Canada, Ireland and Strasbourg. He published more than 140 books in a range of genres from children's literature, fantasy and autobiography to controversial erotica. Tomi's writing is characterized by sharp social satire and witty aphorisms. His graphic works provoke with their openness, with which they question and push established ethical boundaries. Throughout his career, Tomi has also been involved in architecture, invention, advertising and sculpture. His creativity and versatility make it difficult to clearly assign him to any particular artistic movement. In 1998, Tomi Ungerer was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his "lasting contribution" in the field of children's literature illustration. In 2003, the Council of Europe elected him as its first "Ambassador for Youth and Education". In 2007, the "Tomi Ungerer Museum" was opened in Strasbourg, which was subsequently awarded by the Council of Europe as one of the ten best museums in Europe.