Jiří Hůla

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Jiří Hůla (7 June 1944, Prague - 23 September 2022) was an artist, poet, publicist and curator. His artistic work ranged between poetry, information theory and visual art. In the 1980s, Hůla and his brother opened Gallery H in Kostelec nad Černými lesy. He also founded the Archive of Fine Arts and the abART information system, today probably the largest collection of documents on contemporary Czech and Slovak visual art.

Jiří Hůla graduated from Palacký University in Olomouc (1961-1966).

From 1962 he wrote experimental texts, dealing with variations, combinations and permutations of words, letters and signs. He soon restricted the means of expression to the typewriter. He explored the reduction and manipulation of texts, such as Arthur Rimbaud's sonnet The Vowels, describing found images as cuts, plans, and reproductions from newspapers and magazines.

At the turn of the 1970s and 1980s, Hůla devoted himself to computer graphics, invented computer-generated typefaces, and discovered or developed several unconventional artistic techniques, such as scalpel drawing. In 1983, he and Zdenek Hůla opened Gallery H in the family home in Kostelec nad Černými lesy, where several dozen exhibitions took place between 1983 and 1989.

As a curator he prepared dozens of them, and as a publicist he published hundreds of articles, reviews and interviews. In 1984, he founded the Archive of Fine Arts, today probably the largest collection of catalogues, invitations, posters, books, magazines, texts, clippings, photographs and slides on contemporary Czech and Slovak visual art. (2022)