Míla Fürstová: All the Rivers That Flow Through Me – Art Exhibition
March 17 @ 6:00 pm – June 10 @ 5:00 pm
A mid-career retrospective of the Czech-born artist Míla Fürstová best known in the UK for creating artwork for Coldplay’s best-selling album Ghost Stories.
Míla’s works are an intimate portrayal of the human soul explored through the medium of etching, expressed in a distinctly female voice. The content of her work is inspired by universal and personal mythologies, poetic and often narrative.
Míla’s mid-career retrospective at the Czech Centre’s Vitrínka Gallery charts the course from Míla’s graduation from the Royal College of Art, to her becoming the youngest ever elected Academician at the Royal West of Academy in Bristol, being collected by the V&A and Her Majesty the Queen, to her commission by Coldplay and finally the creation of “All the Rivers That Flow Through Me”, selected from ten thousand artworks to represent the Summer Exhibition online by the Royal Academy of Arts.
Private view: Thursday 17 March 2022, 6 – 9 pm
ABOUT MÍLA FÜRSTOVÁ
Míla Fürstová is an award-winning internationally exhibited artist who has shown in 20 solo shows in many countries, including Britain, the USA, France and the Czech Republic over the last decade. During this time, she has won 14 prestigious awards. Her work has become part of critical private and public collections, including Queen Elizabeth II and the V&A Museum in London and has featured in numerous publications.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Míla gained an MA degree in Art, English Language and Psychology at Charles University in Prague, whilst simultaneously studying for her BA degree in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Gloucestershire.
In 2001, Míla Fürstová received her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art and had subsequently lectured at Coventry University and The University of Gloucestershire.
In 2003, Míla was appointed the first Artist in Residence at the Cheltenham Ladies College, where she founded and ran an Etching studio till 2010.
In 2009, Míla Fürstová became the youngest ever elected Academician at the Royal West of Academy in Bristol.
In 2014, Míla’s work reached over 400 million people when she was commissioned to make the artwork for the Coldplay Ghost Stories album and four singles.
In 2015, the sale of Míla’s Coldplay artwork raised over £100 000 in aid children’s charities.
Free event but registration required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mila-furstova-all-the-rivers-that-flow-through-me-private-view-tickets-270894220907
New Gold Coldplay Etching Demonstration:
12 May 2022, 6.30pm
Followed by a film screening at 7 pm
Exhibition opening hours:
18 March – 10 June 2022
Tuesday – Friday
10 am – 5 pm or other times by appointment at email@example.com
A new golden version of the two wings in the shape of a broken heart, Míla’s art for Coldplay’s worldwide number one album Ghost Stories, will be presented at a charity event at the Czech Centre in May as well as a digital screen featuring the forty-minute animation that Coldplay made of Míla’s art.
Also included in the exhibition are works from Míla’s graduation at the Royal College of Art, work also in the collection of the V&A, Her Majesty the Queen, the Czech Republic’s first democratic President, Václav Havel and selected results from Míla’s commissions by Coldplay and for the British covers of the New York Times Best Selling series Mortal Instruments.
In the Czech Centre window, looking out onto Notting Hill’s busiest road by Kensington Palace Gardens will be Míla’s “All the Rivers That Flow Through Me”, a six-panel etching which Grayson Perry handpicked for central display at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, and then selected as the one image from over ten thousand entries, to represent the show online.
Another relevant series to be exhibited in Míla’s Czech Centre retrospective is “Motherhood”, a series which playfully deals with the joys and difficulties of being a parent as well as a professional artist. In one of these series, the artist depicts herself contorted into a yoga pose to protect and cradle her son whilst following her calling. Míla produced this series after the birth of her second child, Viola, who was delivered just hours after Míla made the finishing touches to Coldplay’s final single, “True Love”, a work which also will be on display and a term that sums up her dedication to her craft.
This event is organised by the Czech Centre and Míla’s long time art dealer, Fraser Scott of A Gallery.