Interpretive Resource

Turning the Pages: Jindřich Heisler (1899-1942) and Toyen (1902-1980), Z kasemat spánku: realisované básne, 1940

Turning the Pages: Jindřich Heisler (1899-1942) and Toyen (1902-1980), Z kasemat spánku: realisované básne, 1940

The little book Z kasemat spánku (From the Strongholds of Sleep; 1940) rates conceptually and materially as the most precious product of Czech wartime Surrealism. A technically complicated project, it necessitated collaboration, not only between Jindřich Heisler and his close associate Toyen but also with a pair of commercial photographers, Miro Bernat (1910–1997) and Viktor Radnicky (1916–?), credited as Ranitzer or Radnitzer in the colophon, and the prominent bookbinder Alois Jirout (1899–1969). The result is a winsome mimicry of professionally executed advertising shots, storefront displays, and low-budget film production.



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