"Color is an emotional transmission, and it means a lot. It can create a mood, but you can also immerse yourself in the color and suddenly not know how to find your way out. All colors are beautiful, it just depends on how you use them. It’s an extremely amazing material," confides artist Květa Pacovská.

In a new episode of the Art in Isolation series, world-renowned illustrator for children's books and painter of abstract works Květa Pacovská outlines the differences between disciplined work on a book and the free flow of ideas in her studio. "​​​​​​​It's important for me to at least come to the studio and think about things and images. Sometimes it’s more important than the actual work itself,"​​​​​​​ describes the former pupil of Emil Filla, who regularly visits her studio on a daily basis. In 1992, Pacovská received the Hans Christian Andersen Prize for her impressive illustration work. And in 2019, she had a large retrospective exhibition in the City Gallery of Prague.

Why Art in Isolation?
The artistic activity took a strong hit. Exhibitions began to get canceled, various regulations affected direct interaction with colleagues, spectators, and the world stage. Questions about the meaning of art, an artist's mission, and boundaries of freedom emerged yet again. The testimonies of the artists who were creating their art during the communist regime in Czechoslovakia are an important memento of a time gone by and an inspiration for the search for meaningful answers in the present. With or without the crisis.

The stories of artists in the time of totality carry on. You can look forward, among other things, to the stories of Květa Pacovská, Kurt Gebauer, Tomáš Císařovský and others. You can watch each episode on social media and web platforms of the two associated institutions, Kunsthalle Praha & Post Bellum–Memory of Nations.

Květa Pacovská (*1928) is a world-renowned illustrator of creative children's books, having begun her career in the 1950s. She graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague in the monumental painting studio of the famous Cubist painter Emil Filla. Her extraordinary abstract work did not receive wider recognition until after the fall of communism in the 1990s. She received a number of awards for her work as an illustrator, including the Hans Christian Andersen Prize in 1992, and even created her own books. Some of her publications have only been published abroad. Květa Pacovská's free-form work was somewhat overshadowed by the acclaimed work of her husband, Milan Grygar. The strength and quality of her work was eventually put on display in a retrospective exhibition held in the City Gallery of Prague in 2019, when the author also entered the Czech Grand Design Awards Hall of Fame.