How Freedom is Returned to Wild Horses: From the Sketchbook of the Painter Jan Sovák

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30. 10. 2019


The Return of the Wild Horses 2019 was celebrated in extraordinary artwork. Jan Sovák, using sketches and more elaborate paintings, captured the events, people and environs associated with transporting the Przewalski’s horses. The exhibition “How Freedom is Returned to Wild Horses: From the Sketchbook of the Painter Jan Sovák” will start on Saturday, 2nd November at 2 pm in the yurt at the top part of Prague Zoo.

Jan Sovák’s exhibition captures the atmosphere of The Return of the Wild Horses in the form of sketches and more elaborate paintings. Jan Sovák’s exhibition captures the atmosphere of The Return of the Wild Horses in the form of sketches and more elaborate paintings.

In the summer, the exhibition’s author, the painter Jan Sovák, hitched a ride for the entire transport of Przewalski's horses to Mongolia and recorded its progress and the most important actors in his sketchbook. Original sketches and studies are complemented by handwritten comments that sparkle with humour and the ability to briefly describe the atmosphere of a highly demanding project.

The painter Jan Sovák managed to capture the events, environs and people associated with The Return of the Wild Horses.The painter Jan Sovák managed to capture the events, environs and people associated with The Return of the Wild Horses.

Jan Sovák, who rose to fame in America for his illustrations of dinosaurs, also created this year’s visuals for The Return of the Wild Horses for Prague Zoo.

Sketches by painter Jan Sovák. A Visual of the Return of Przewalski’s Horses 2019 is at the bottom right.Sketches by painter Jan Sovák. A Visual of the Return of Przewalski’s Horses 2019 is at the bottom right.

The opening of the exhibition on Saturday, 2nd November, will start at 13.50 with a musical performance by the Mongolian artist Badam Bolor, who will play the morin khuur. There will also be traditional dance performances and throat singing. At 14.00, the director of Prague Zoo, Mgr. Miroslav Bobek, will give an opening speech, followed by an interview with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mgr. Tomáš Petříček, Ph.D., who will attend the opening as a guest.