Franz Kafka's Drawings

4 Jun 2024, 6:30 PM

Let’s get straight to it, before we divert you

How much is the ticket? Admission to the programme 180 CZK | Combined admission to the programme and the KAFKAesque exhibition 350 CZK

What about DOX Club members? Free (advance booking required via the form below)

The debate will be held in English and simultaneous interpretation into Czech will be provided.

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art 
Poupětova 1, Praha 7
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The year 2019 brought a sensational discovery: hundreds of drawings by Franz Kafka were found in a private collection that for decades had been kept under lock and key. Although Kafka is renowned for his written work, his drawings are evidence of what his friend and literary executor Max Brod termed his "double talent." Irresistible and full of fascinating figures, shifting from the realistic to the fantastic, the grotesque, the uncanny, and the carnivalesque, they illuminate a previously unknown side of the quintessential modernist author.

In 2021, the eminent Kafka scholar Andreas Kilcher edited Franz Kafka: The Drawings, an impressive and beautiful book that has so far been translated into 10 languages. In his lecture, Kilcher will present Kafka's drawings in the context of Kafka's biography and art history, as well as his literary writing.

Andreas Kilcher has been Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at ETH Zurich since 2008. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Stanford, UC Davis, and Tel Aviv, among others. His research specialises in Jewish literary and cultural history, literature, and knowledge as well as occultism. He has written on authors such as Thomas Mann, Joseph Roth, Jiri Langer, and especially Franz Kafka and his surroundings in Prague. In 2008 he published a short Kafka biography; in 2021 he edited Franz Kafka: The Drawings (English edition Yale University Press), and in May 2024 his new monograph Kafka's Werkstatt. Der Schriftsteller bei der Arbeit (Kafka's workshop. The writer at work) was published focusing on Kafka's writing practice.

The event was supported by Embassy of Switzerland in the Czech Republic