Dec. 1 to 31, 2019
Cinematheque Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem Film Festival
The World of Tomorrow is the title of the long-term research project of Jan Van Woensel, curator at Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, CZ. His research examines the life and legacy of Pilsen-born Czech-American designer Ladislav Sutnar (1897–1976).
The World of Tomorrow was the famous motto of the 1939 New York World's Fair where Ladislav Sutnar was send to by Nazi Germany's protectorate to dismantle the Czechoslovak participation and bring back the exhibits. Upon arrival in the U.S.A. Sutnar met with the members of the Czechoslovak government-in-exile who didn't accept the orders of the occupiers of their home country. Together they continued the preparations of the exhibitions in the Czechoslovak Pavilion and the Hall of Nations. With great public and media attention aroused in part by the intensifying war in Europe, the pavilion opened one month after the official opening of the New York World's Fair and was called "the orphan pavilion"; representing a people without a nation. Czechoslovakia was celebrated for its brave resistance against the Nazi regime.
The World of Tomorrow for Cinematheque Jerusalem is a poster exhibition based on the in-depth research of curator Jan Van Woensel and his research assistant Grace Duo, and designed by Ondřej Zámiš and Vojta Liebl. Via the life and legacy of Ladislav Sutnar, The World of Tomorrow promotes the quality of education and the international profile of Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, as well as the progressive vision of the Municipality of Pilsen in Jerusalem and Israel at large.
Curator Jan Van Woensel