Events | Czech Painters of California: Präsentation & Gespräch mit Konsul Jaroslav Olša, Jr.

Thomas Mann House | 22. Februar 2024

Start: 19:00 Uhr (PT) | Teilnahme nur auf Einladung

Das Thomas Mann House und das Generalkonsulat der Tschechischen Republik in Los Angeles veranstaltet eine exklusiven Veranstaltung im Thomas Mann House: Jaroslav Olša, Jr., Generalkonsul der Tschechischen Republik in Los Angeles, wird die neue Publikation und die Ausstellung Czech Painters of California vorstellen. Beide beschäftigen sich mit tschechischen Künstler:innen an der Westküste der Vereinigten Staaten, die vom Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zur Samtenen Revolution 1989 hierher kamen.

"Women on the Beach," Emil Kosa, approx. late 1950s, Courtesy George Sterns Fine Arts

*Diese Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt*

"Even more do I owe thanks to the Republic of Czechoslovakia, which most generously made a gift of its citizenship to me who was robbed of my German nationality. Especially at this moment, when the heavens of central Europe are darkening so threateningly, it is a heartfelt necessity to give expression to my faithful loyalty to this courageous and lovable democratic republic,“ wrote Thomas Mann in his lecture The Coming Victory of Democracy in 1938, publicly expressing his gratitude to Czechoslovakia. But also beyond Mann’s personal friendship with former Czechoslovakian President Edvard Beneš, many refugees from Czechoslovakia were an integral part of the émigré community of German-speaking exiles in 1930s and 1940s Los Angeles. Jaroslav Olša, Jr., Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, will present on the recent publication and exhibition Czech Painters of California and excavate artworks and interwoven histories. After the presentation there will be time for a conversation and a light reception. With opening remarks by the Thomas Mann House.

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Jaroslav Olša Jr. is a Czech diplomat whose posts include those of Ambassador to Zimbabwe (2000–2006), South Korea (2008–2014) and the Philippines (2014–2018), and Consul General in Los Angeles (2020–current); author of books on history, art and literature of Asia and Africa. He is also science fiction editor, translator and bibliographer. He is also the author of books and articles on history, culture and literature of Asia and Africa and historical relations of the non-European countries with the Czech Lands. He has also widely published about science fiction and edited over a dozen anthologies of Czech and international science fiction. He has published in a wide-range of publications such as Czech edition of National Geographic, Nový Orient (New Orient), Světová literatura (World Literature), Mezinárodní politika (Foreign Policy), Mezinárodní vztahy (International Relations). Contributor to various Czech and foreign-language encyclopedias. He was also a curator of art exhibitions, member of the jury of 2011 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and initiated numerous cultural exchanges and activities.

Diese Veranstaltung ist eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen dem Generalkonsulat der Tschechischen Republik in Los Angeles & dem Thomas Mann House Los Angeles.