Inspired by a story by Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, Czech photographer Hana Hamplová created a memorable body of work during the 1970s based on how important paper and the written word is to civilization—including how easily writings and, consequently knowledge, can be lost. This exhibition, consisting of nineteen photographs from UMMA’s collection, was inspired by the presence of the Frank Gehry chair made of cardboard in UMMA’s Design Gallery, and of and the need to address how artists from different cultures (present day America and communist Czechoslovakia) view a commodity as common as paper.
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Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for European Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.