jindřich štyrský ~ ”Surreal Collage”
Jindřich Štyrský (1899-1942) was a painter, poet, editor, photographer, and collagist. His outstanding and varied oeuvre included numerous book covers and illustrations. He also wrote studies of both Rimbaud and Marquis de Sade. He became a member of Devětsil in 1923, participating in their group exhibitions. Between 1928-29 he was director of the group’s drama wing, the “Liberated Theater,” where he collaborated with Nezval (the dance performance of his poetry collection Alphabet) among others. Štyrský was also an active editor. In addition to his Edition 69 series, he edited the Erotic Review, which he launched in 1930, and Odeon, where many of his shorter texts appeared. He was a founding member of The Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia.