PETR HEBER + TOMI UNGERER
Petr Heber - Scrap Art
The lower floors of the tower exhibit artworks by the leading Czech 'scrap art' artist Petr Heber. Sculptor, restorer, and creator of unique spatial compositions of iron, stone, and wood Petr Heber was born in 1942 and has been living in Jicin since the age of four. He was noticed by the professional public for the first time in the mid-seventies with his work "American still life". He managed to obtain a then-rare tin of Coca-Cola, which he broke with his foot, a pack of American cigarettes, and a few butts. Using glue he incorporated everything into a framed wall object. There was a lot of courage to use objects that were at the time considered a symbol of the despicable capitalist lifestyle. Petr Heber since then enlivens in a provocative manner things, whose function already ceased to exist, or which had lost their original purpose. It can be a broken spoon, pieces of old furniture, various parts of disassembled or damaged technical equipment. With extraordinary imagination and passion for the material, the shape and composition and applying a number of combined artistic techniques Petr Heber creates timeless archetypal live works. His works are exhibited mainly in the Czech Republic and Germany and are a valued commodity for the European collectors of modern art.
Tomi Ungerer - Erotic Art
The upper floors of the tower exhibit illustrations of the controversial French graphic and writer Tomi Ungerer from his "Erotic Art" series. Jean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer was born in 1938 in Alsace, and then lived and worked in New York, Canada, Ireland, and Strasbourg. He has published more than 140 books in a range of genres, from his beloved children's literature, through fantasy and autobiography, until the controversial erotic works. Tomi's writings are characterized by sharp social satire and witty aphorisms. His graphic works provoke with their explicitness which challenges and pushes the established ethical boundaries. During his career, he has also dealt with architecture inventions, advertising, and sculpture. Due to his creativity and versatility, it is difficult to clearly assign Tomi to a particular artistic direction.
In 1998, Tomi Ungerer received the "Hans Christian Andersen Medal" for his lasting contribution in the illustration of children's literature. In 2003, the Council of Europe chose him as their first 'Ambassador for Youth and Education'. In 2007, the 'Tomi Ungerer Museum' opened in Strasbourg, which was subsequently awarded by the Council of Europe as one of the ten best museums in Europe.