Art Ceramics CZ

Šerák Václav

Sculptor

Born on 9 October 1931 in Čakovice, where he still lives and works.

19471948    Apprentice at a porcelain plant in Merklín in the Karlovy Vary region

19481951    Student at the State Vocational School of Ceramics in Prague (today the Václav Hollar School of the Arts)

19511952    Laboratory technician at the Research Institute for Fine Ceramics in Prague

19521958    Student at the Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain under Prof. Otto Eckert at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (AAAD)

19581960    Works as a designer for the state-owned porcelain manufacturer Karlovarský porcelán at its branches in Lesov and Duchcov

1960    Beginning of his independent work as a creative artist. Beginning of cooperation with the Centre for Artistic Crafts (ÚUŘ), the Institute of Interior and Fashion Design in Prague (ÚBOK), and other manufacturers

1966    Founded the International Symposium of Ceramics in Bechyně together with Lubor Těhník, Pravoslav Rada, and Bohumil Dobiáš, Jr. Since then, he has been a member of the organizational committee, then later the chairman, and at present he is the chairman emeritus.

1970    Became a member of the AIC (Académie Internationale de la Céramique) based in Geneva. From 1998 until 2004 he was a member of the commission.

19721990    Independent designer for the Institute of Interior and Fashion Design (ÚBOK) in Prague

19902003    Head of the Studio of Ceramics and Porcelain at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (AAAD)

1992    Appointed to a professorship at AAAD

1997    Visiting Artist, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

20042010    Head of the Ceramic Studio at the Institute of Art and Design of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen

For many years, he has been a member of the Czech Association of Ceramics Artists

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Václav Šerák has participated in the majority of important group exhibitions of ceramics from the 1960s until the present. These have been held primarily by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and by the Association of Ceramics Artists (Keramono, Summer of Ceramics in Kolín, Ceramic Sculpture in Kadaň). Since 2005, he has also been exhibiting regularly at the outdoor sculpture exhibition Summer Ceramic Sculpture and in other places.

Foreign group exhibitions (selected)

Václav Šerák has participated with his sculptures and studio designs at many foreign exhibitions presented mainly by the Académie Internationale de la Céramique. Below is just a selection of the most important of them.

1962    Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte,
          Faenza, Italy

             Czechoslovak Applied Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1965    Exposition de la Céramique Contemporaine AIC,
          Geneva, Switzerland

1967    Internationales Kunsthandwerk, Stuttgart, Germany

1970    Objekten van Glas en Ceramiek uit ČSSR,
          Museum Boymans, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1972    International Ceramics AIC, Victoria & Albert Museum,
            London, United Kingdom

1972, 1980    Biennale Internationale de la Céramique d’Arte,
            Vallauris, France

1973, 1976    Mezinárodní výstava keramiky, Sopot, Poland

1976    Europäische Keramik der Gegenwart, Frechen,
          Germany

1980    Keramion, Frechen, Germany

1987     Keramik der Donauländern, St. Pölten, Austria

1989    Triennale de la Porcelaine, Nyon, Switzerland

1989, 1990    L’Europe des Ceramistes, Auxerre, Francie;
          Madrid, Spain; Linz, Austria; Budapest, Hungary

1990    Prag Linz, Gmunden, Austria International
          Ceramics (AIC members), Edinburgh, United Kingdom

1991    Tschechische Keramik, Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf,
          Germany (curator Ettore Sottsass)

          Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte,
          Gualdo Tadino, Italy

1992    Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte
            Contemporanea, Faenza, Italy Contemporary East
            Europan Ceramics, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA

            International Ceramics Festival, Mino, Japan

            Man and His World, Montreal, Canada

1993    Participants on European Community Scholarship,
          Budapest, Hungary Keramiksympozium

          Galerie Salzstadel, Regensburg, Germany

1995    Tschechische Keramik, Galerie Marienne Heller,
           Sandhausen,
Germany

1996    Tschechische Keramik, Fraunhofer Institut, Jena,
          Germany

          AIC members, Saga Prefectural Art Museum,
          Saga, Japan

          Europäische Keramik, Keramion, Frechen, Germany

1997    Europäische Keramik, Galerie Marienne Heller,
          Heidelberg,
Germany

1998    International Ceramic Symposium, Izmir, Turkey

2001    World Exhibition of Ceramics 2001,
          World Ceramic Center, Icheon,
South Korea

          300 Years of Czech Decorative Art,
          Takasaki Museum of Art, Takasaki, Japan

2002    Subjekt(-iv) Objekt, Deutsches Porzellanmuseum,
          Hohenberg am Eger,
Germany

2004    Keramischer Dialog zwischen Kontinenten, Burg
            Landeck, Austria 

2005   Tschechische Keramik, Kunstforum piaristen, Vienna,
          Austria

2006   Tschechische Keramik, Galerie Marienne Heller,
          Heidelberg,
Germany

2007    Modern Ceramics of Central Europe, 
            Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan

Winners

For his free creations, designs for the porcelain industry, and work as a pedagogue, Václav Šerák has earned a majority of the major awards. Below is just a selection.

1961    Silver medal, XIIth Triennale di Milano, Italy

1962    Two silver medals, International Ceramics Exhibition
            of the AIC, Prague

1965    Silver medal, 4th AIC Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland

1966    Gold medal, Il Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica
            d’Arte Contemporanea, Faenza, Italy

1967    Silver medal, 5th AIC Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey

            Prize for ceramics, Internationales Kunsthandwerk,
            Stuttgart, Germany

1985    Prize for Outstanding Design from the Czechoslovak
            Ministry of Industry, Prague

1985, 1987, 1988    Best Design of the Year,
            Czechoslovak Ministry of Industry, Prague

1988    Crystal Pyramid of the Industrial Design Institute,
            Prague

            Gold medal of the BVV (Trade Fairs Brno)

1991    Gold medal, Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica
            d’Arte, Sculptura per la Cittá, Gualdo Tadino, Italy

1994    Prize of the Masaryk Academy of Arts, Prague

2001    Honorable Mention, 1st World Ceramic Biennale,
            Icheon, South Korea

            Design Prestige, prize of the Design Center
            of the Czech Republic, Brno

2003    Medal of Honor for work as a pedagogue,
            Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague

2007    Commemorative medal of the University of West
            Bohemia in Pilsen

Representation in collections (selected)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

University of Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Museo Internacionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy

Keramion Museum, Frechen, Germany

Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany

Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany

Porzellanicon, Selb, Germany

Kecskeméti Contemporary Art Studios, Kecskemét,  Hungary

Janus Pannonius Múzeum, Pésc, Hungary

Saga Prefectural Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

Museum of Applied Arts, Moravian Gallery in Brno

International Museum of Ceramics in Bechyně, Aleš South Bohemian Gallery

North Bohemian Museum in Liberec

Regional Museum in Teplice

Karlovy Vary Museum

West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen