Hugo Steiner-Prag: Golem

20 Feb 2019 – 18 Apr 2019

Event times

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 11.00 – 18.00

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50 CZK

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Galerie Smečky

Prague, Czechia

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Illustrations from the famous Gustav Meyrink’s Golem, created by Hugo Steiner-Prag, a renowned illustrator and printmaker living in Prague.


At the time the Nazis seized power, Hugo Steiner-Prag - since 1910 professor at the renowned Leipzig Academy for Graphic Art and the Book Trade - was one of Germany’s most famous illustrators and book designers. His reputation was founded particularly on the illustrations he did for an entire series in the fantasy genre which appeared in book form after the turn of the century. Because of his Jewish descent, in 1933 Steiner-Prag was dismissed from his professorship, after which he emigrated to Czechoslovakia and settled in Prague, the town of his birth. Here he succeeded in establishing a department for international book art at the municipal Museum for Arts and Crafts as well as founding

Shortly before German occupation, Steiner Prag (following an invitation by Swedish art delegates) moved to Stockholm where he designed, among other things, the covers for the complete works of Thomas Mann, published by the exile Bermann-Fischer publishing house. From there, in May 1941, he followed his long-time companion Eleanor Feisenberg via the Soviet Union and Japan to the United States. His new abode-in-exile in New York once again saw a phase of great productivity: Steiner-Prag designed books, took on teaching assignments and wrote critical articles about contemporary art in Nazi Germany. While working on illustrations for the collected volume of Famous Ghost Stories, shortly after the end of the war, he died of a heart attack.


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