|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 dart 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 dart 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.
Galerie du Château Trebon, Trebon, Czech Republic
Art Sutton, Sutton, Québec
echo et cendre
Galerie de la Ville, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec [Eva Lapka]
||Cercle, étoiles et cendre
Galerie du conseil des métiers d'arts du Québec, Montréal, Québec
||L'espace des trajectoires
Galerie d'art d'Outremont, Outremont, Québec
the Book of Time
Eureka Gallery, Syracuse, New York [Milan Lapka]
Musée de Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
Musée de la ville de Lachine, Lachine, Québec
Fort Worth, Texas
||SOFA Chicago '97
Czech Republic Consulate General, Montréal, Québec; McClure Gallery, Montréal,
Québec [Milan Lapka]
Symposium international de la céramique, Brno, Czech Republic
Terre en transit: Septième biennale de céramique,
Biennale nationale de céramique, Trois-Rivières, Québec
Visual Arts Centre, Galerie McClure, Westmount, Québec [Eva Lapka]
||Quarry Hill Stone Art Park,
Cazenovia, New York
||École de Montréal 1992:
Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec
Galerie Kunst Glubben, Oslo, Norway
4th National Biennial of Ceramics, 1990
Biennale nationale de céramique, Trois-Rivières, Québec [Milan Lapka]
||Vertige du corps
Galerie Villa Kayser, Stuttgart, Germany
National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario [Milan Lapka]
|Banque de Commerce Brno, Brno, Czech
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
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.
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.