Century of Symbolism

Century of Symbolism

International Exhibition-Competition of Symbolic Art
held as part of Czech Art Weeks

Symbolic art. This direction is characterized by a desire for innovation, the use of symbolism, understatement, hints, mystery and mystery. The masters tried to portray the life of the soul - an obscure, vague, full of emotions and subtle feelings, the secret of being, its mystical and mysterious side. Representatives of symbolism: Mikhail Vrubel, Aubrey Beardsley, Gustave Moreau, Eugene Carrier.


Dates: February 14-29, 2020
Registration: until February 9, 2020.
Address: Hotel and Exhibition Complex and House Museum of the composer Gustav Mahler, Czech Republic, Jihlava, str. Krizova 4.


To participate in the competition program are allowed works created in the following techniques:

1) Oil painting;
2) Acrylic painting;
3) Graphic arts;
4) Watercolor art;
5) Pastel;
6) Textile art.



1) Mystical Symbolism
Mystical symbolism is an artistic reflection of religious teachings, philosophical works, understatement and ambiguity of plots and their interpretations. The image is not a concrete image, but statements (even a scream) of the soul, mood, experience, impression. The supremacy of emotional experience as the creator of the creation, and the viewer.
2) Cosmic symbolism
Cosmism - man and mankind as elements connected in a single whole with the cosmos, other worlds and dimensions, unknown states of matter. The interpenetration and coexistence of realities, the beauty of alien worlds. Abstract categories and concepts as a topic for creative expression: spiritual search, the passage of time, thought and its movements.
3) Fantastic Realism
This genre belongs to science fiction, but in a more free, "fairy-tale" manner, using the motives of distant movements in space and time, alien worlds, artificial organisms, the mythology of ancient civilizations. In the visual arts, fantasy elements are often combined with abstractionism, surrealism, or translated into fantastic realism. Representatives of this genre are: R. Hausner, E. Fuchs, etc.
4) Magical Realism
Magical realism is a combination of a realistic picture of the world and magical elements, a game with vision. The combination of photographic accuracy and paradox.
5) Psychedelic art
Psychedelic art - a spontaneous image of what is seen in an altered state of consciousness, religious, meditative contemplation, trance - altered states of consciousness, characterized by a different from the typical perception and intense process of awareness.
6) Surreal art
Characteristic signs of this allusion course, paradoxical combinations of forms, deformation of reality. It is designed to exalt the viewer, to separate the spirit from reality, to break the usual understanding of the world. Surrealist Masters: Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte.


The exhibition accepts two- and three-dimensional works.
The two-dimensional dimensions of the work cannot exceed 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters).
A three-dimensional work of art (i.e., sculpture) cannot exceed 72 x 72 x 24 inches (184 x 184 x 61 centimeters).
For flat works, an additional coefficient has been introduced: with a canvas size of more than 80 cm and up to 140 cm, for the most part an additional payment of 50% of the cost will be charged. Subsequently, the calculation is for each step of 50 cm.


(Full-time and part-time participants provide the same sets of materials!)

1) Application form (download application form in Word, PDF);
2) Label for each competition entry (download the label in Word, PDF);
3) Personal photo of the author (s);
4) Photographs of art objects presented at the exhibition-contest;
5) Confirmation of payment of the registration fee (copy of receipt, payment information, etc.):
go to the "Registration fee"
go to the section "Methods of payment"

Please note that the artists participating in the exhibition are responsible for the costs associated with the delivery of works to the site and for insurance of works of art while it is in transit.
We also ask you to read the "General Regulations", which regulates the relationship between the authors, the organizers of the exhibition and the organizing committee.