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Eva and Milan Lapka


  • Eva born in 1944 and Milan born in 1942 in Czech Republic
  • immigrated to Montréal, Québec in 1968
  • diploma in ceramics, sculpture and design from the College of Arts and Crafts, Brno, Czech Republic (1959-1963)

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As artists and husband and wife, the Lapkas work closely together on ceramic projects. Eva is responsible for the form of the figures, Milan for the glazes and firing. Most of their work together consists of studies of the human figure, usually serene, sometimes humorous, using large installations as well as single sculptural pieces. Their smaller works include Ancestral Hero (1989), a bronzed male torso, Palladion (1991), a set of three rectangular torsos of different sizes, the two smaller overwhelmed by the larger in a contrast that is at once amusing and unsettling, and Duality of Stillness (1998), a pair of figures, one stoneware, one wood, mirroring and shadowing each other simultaneously. In 1990 they created a series of large installation work entitled In Infinitum, combining abstract human forms on rectangular pedestals with painted architectural and landscape backgrounds. In 1992 they visited the Czech Republic, for their exhibition, Ius Imaginum. Dorota Kozinska reported the exhibition was "a great success, but it did not persuade them to stay in the Czech Republic. So they decided to do the next best thing - bring some of the Czech culture here." The Lapkas have been co-organizers of the cultural exchange between Czech and Canadian artists that took place in 1993 and 1996 as Interchange, and in 1995 and 1997 as Exchange. In the catalogue for 1995, Milan Lapka wrote: "One can sense the underlying dynamics that shape the works of these Czech ceramists. Inevitably, past and present social, economic, and political influences mingle to manifest themselves in different forms, distinctly or subtly, in the works of the artists." Eva Lapka was professor of ceramic perfecting at the Institut des metiers d’art and the Commission de formation professionnelle in Montréal from 1988 to 1995, and is professor of ceramics at the Montréal Visual Arts Centre since 1991. She has also received several grants, and won the first prize at the "Passions paralleles" exhibition in Blainville, Québec in 1991. Milan Lapka taught ceramics technology at the Institut des metiers d’art and the Commission de formation professionnelle in Montréal from 1988 to 1993, and from 1996 to 1998 was a teacher of art in the program for children with learning disabilities and the program for mentally challenged children, also at the Visual Arts Centre in Montréal.



1998 Parallaxes
Galerie du Château Trebon, Trebon, Czech Republic


1997 Artcheologia/Ceramica '97
Art Sutton, Sutton, Québec

Signes, echo et cendre
Galerie de la Ville, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec [Eva Lapka]


1996 Cercle, étoiles et cendre
Galerie du conseil des métiers d'arts du Québec, Montréal, Québec


1994 L'espace des trajectoires
Galerie d'art d'Outremont, Outremont, Québec


1993 Page from the Book of Time
Eureka Gallery, Syracuse, New York [Milan Lapka]


1992-88 Ius imaginum
Musée de Brno, Brno, Czech Republic


1990 In infinitum/Antithèse
Musée de la ville de Lachine, Lachine, Québec



1998 NCECA '98
Fort Worth, Texas


1997 SOFA Chicago '97
Chicago, Illinois

Exchange '97
Czech Republic Consulate General, Montréal, Québec; McClure Gallery, Montréal, Québec [Milan Lapka]


1996 Échange '96
Symposium international de la céramique, Brno, Czech Republic

Terre en transit: Septième biennale de céramique, Trois-Rivières
Biennale nationale de céramique, Trois-Rivières, Québec


1995 Interchange '95
Visual Arts Centre, Galerie McClure, Westmount, Québec [Eva Lapka]


1994 Quarry Hill Stone Art Park, Cazenovia, New York


1992 École de Montréal 1992: Premier volet
Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec


1990 Céramique contemporaine canadienne
Galerie Kunst Glubben, Oslo, Norway

4th National Biennial of Ceramics, 1990
Biennale nationale de céramique, Trois-Rivières, Québec [Milan Lapka]


1989 Vertige du corps
Galerie Villa Kayser, Stuttgart, Germany


1983 Czechoslovakian Exhibition
National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario [Milan Lapka]



Banque de Commerce Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
Claridge Inc., Montréal, Québec
Everson Museum of Fine Arts, Syracuse, New York
Loto-Québec, Montréal, Québec
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
Musée de Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
Pratt & Whitney Canada
SODEC Montréal, Montréal, Québec
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, New York
Technologienzentrum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Teleglobe Canada
Union Life Insurance Company, Montréal, Québec



Cameron, Sylvie, Carolle Desjardins, Charlotte Gingras, et al. Répertoire des sculpteurs 1995. Montréal, Québec: Conseil de la sculpture du Québec, 1994.

Doyon, Pierre-Simon, Sally Michener, Walter Ostrom, et al. 4th National Biennial of Ceramics, 1990. Trois-Rivières, Québec: Biennale nationale de céramique, 1990.

Kozinska, Dorota. "Czechs bring inspiration to Canada. Ceramisicists from Europe at work at Visual Arts Centre." The Montréal Gazette, 16 August 1997, p. I-1.

Lapka, Milan. Interchange '95: Czech Ceramic Artists. Westmount, Québec: Galerie McClure, 1995.

Leblanc, Guy, Christiane Simoneau, Maurice Savoie, et al. Terre en transit: Septième biennale de céramique, Trois-Rivières. Trois-Rivières, Québec: Biennale nationale de céramique, 1996.

Rosshandler, Léo. L'école de Montréal 1992: Premier volet. Montréal, Québec: GRAVES, 1992.


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