For the fourth time. Cartoon jokes by Pavel Kantorek in the Prádelna Gallery. But a genius draftsman will never get bored
Photo: CSOP Prague 5 (as well as pictures in the article)
Caption: Exhibition of cartoon jokes by Pavel Kantorek in the Prádelna Community Center
“Also this year, the Prádelna Gallery at the Prádelna community center in Holečková Street has kept its October tradition and presented another collection of cartoon jokes by Pavel Kantorek, which has not yet been publicly exhibited. InGarden, in cooperation with and with the financial support of the City of Prague 5, has prepared the fourth year of exhibitions “Great Summer with Humor IV”, which visitors can see from 1 to 31 October 2021 at the time of the opening of the community center, “said Councilor JUDr. Petr Lachnit.
The exhibition also includes a biographical panel about the authors with contact details for the InGarden association, which has been the exclusive representative of Pavel Kantorek’s copyright in the Czech Republic since 2010 and describes his work through construction, sale of prints and other objects related to the author’s work.
He liked to draw cats
Professor RNDr. Pavel Kantorek, Ph.D. (born May 17, 1942 in Olomouc, died on August 3, 2017 in Toronto) was a Czech naturalist and professor of physical sciences. He dedicated his life to theoretical physics and time research, which he devoted to Rayends University in Canada. He lectured on the theory of electromagnetic fields, relativity and cosmology, dealt with holography and the holographic recording system, and also participated in the development of optical fibers. He was born in Olomouc as the son of a doctor and a nurse. He grew up with his younger brother Jan and sister Alena, who had been seriously ill since she was a child, which greatly affected the whole family. The mother devoted herself to her long-term sick nurse, so the brothers spent part of their childhood in the hospital, where their father was the head of the radiology department. The father tried to go through alternative programs for both boys and tried to lead them to study, because they both showed high intelligence.
In the Czech Republic, he is best known as an excellent author of cartoon jokes and short stories, especially with animals and scientific topics. Each of them published in books, a number of which were published on the pages of the magazine Vesmír. In the years 1964–1968, Kantork’s drawings regularly appeared in major humorous magazines. He gave his characters of cats and dogs in cartoon jokes of human qualities and often hid political allusions behind them. Which for him was originally just a relaxing hobby, after the publication of the first drawings in 1964, it became his second profession.
Behind his quirky mice, cats, chickens, birds or frogs, they sometimes hide a political subtext, but he has always been able to turn the perspective of ordinary situations perfectly, which allows viewers to leave the weight of everyday life for a while and laugh from the heart.
Mr. Kantorek’s most popular motif is a red cat. “How many shapes and faces does a cat have for one show. I have two cats at home and it is very difficult to assign a human designation to their expressions. Cats are personalities and as personalities they face and act, “he enthusiastically talks about his animal favorites.
“Pavel Kantorek’s cartoon jokes are very popular among visitors to our community center, and I am therefore glad that the Prague 5 district supported this exhibition and thus offered the opportunity to see new and unknown drawings here. Also fascinating was the life of the author, who was able to connect two seemingly completely different worlds – the scientific world at the highest professional level and the humorous world of the artist addressing the widest audience. In today’s difficult times, it is also very beneficial and necessary to look at reality with a view and the eyes of our animal personifications, “invites JUDr. Petr Lachnit, councilor of the Prague 5 district.
Entered by: Markéta Vančová