The Stepan Zavrel Museum

The Stepan Zavrel Museum is symbolically located in the center of the village of Sàrmede, as an essential reference and a timeless tribute to the man who gave impetus to the transformation of this corner of the world.

To celebrate the twenty years that have passed since the death of Štěpán Zavřel, which took place on February 25, 1999, the museum space has been completely redesigned and renewed in its contents, and has been reborn in a contemporary and projected towards the future. The intervention was commissioned by the Štěpán Zavřel Foundation and entrusted to the artistic director of the exhibition The images of fantasy, the Mexican illustrator Gabriel Pacheco.

Sixty original works, a selection of volumes from various countries, an important and surprising video testimony, a conceptual journey accompanied by new critical contributions: the memory of Štěpán Zavřel thus becomes an opportunity to rethink the role of the Master, bringing to light the aspects of absolute innovation and contemporaneity.

“Štěpán Zavřel, artist of air and stone, who always looked to the sky like an ancient pilgrim guided by the stars, sought and transformed the rock, leaving the traces of this exodus of existence in each of his works, making his faith pass there” : this is the reading of Gabriel Pacheco, curator of the new museum space. The museum thus becomes the place to explore the world of Zavřel, “a small path through his sediments, his colors, his materials, his ideas and his dreams”.

The seat of the Museum is the Town Hall of Sàrmede, a building that over the years has been transformed by the creative spirit that permeates these places. There is no corner on which the imagination has not left its traces: from the external sundial, the work of Zavrel himself, which marks the passage of time, to the arches of the facade that pay homage to local saints, from the fairytale world of murals and of the wood and metal sculptures of the entrance to the fresco of the Council Chamber (the work of the Polish illustrator Józef Wilkoń), entering the Town Hall means discovering a world suspended between reality and fantasy, between smiling and sly imaginary creatures.

A multi-handed work that bears the powerful imprint of Stepan Zavrel and his friend and contemporary Wilkoń: born in 1930 in Bogucice and trained in Krakow (between the Academy of Fine Arts and the university), his is a journey that begins in Warsaw and – like Zavrel’s – opens up to the world. From his work at home as an illustrator and graphic designer to his first collaborations, in the 1960s, with foreign publishing houses (from the Parisian Flammarion to the Bohem Press in Zurich, all the way to Japan), Wilkoń will publish over one hundred books for children and adults in Poland and as many abroad. Painter and set designer, author of tapestries and sculptures, his works have been exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in museums and art galleries around the world, and his books have earned him the most important awards from international critics. In 2005 the Polish Ministry of Culture awarded his artistic production the most important national prize for the Plastic Arts.

Days and opening hours

The Štěpán Zavřel Museum is open on request by contacting the Foundation. Admission is free.
Guided tours of the Sarmede Museum and frescoes can be organized for groups of at least 5 people.
For information and reservations: 0438 959582; info@fondazionezavrel.it.

Via Guglielmo Marconi, 2, 31026 Sarmede (TV)

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