Kurt Gebauer was born in Hradec nad Moravicí, he studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Brno and the Sculpture and Stonework School of Arts and Crafts in Hořice. In 1963-1969 he studied under professors Vincenc Makovský and Karel Lidický at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In 1965, during his studies, he completed an internship with Professor Otto Herbert Hajek in Stuttgart and in 1972 he completed an internship with Professor César Baldaccini at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since 1990 he has been working as a leading teacher and since 1992 he has been a professor at the Sculpture Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Since 2018 he has also been a professor at the Department of Art and Culture at the Faculty of Arts of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
Caterpillar of early capitalism
The work was designed in 1997 for this place, where previously was a statue of Lenin as part of the event of the Center for Contemporary Art in response to the Bad Nation's Mood.
The caterpillar was realized in 2001 in Zlín on the occasion of the exhibition of Kurt Gebauer and his students from the Prague Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture. In 2003 it was exhibited on Wenceslas Square in Prague, then it was exhibited in the Mayrau open-air museum in Vinařice near Kladno.
The sculpture was previously installed in front of the Trade Fair Palace in 2020 during Kurt Gebauer's retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery in Prague. Now it arrived here, where the author originally intended it.
Subsequently, it should travel to Zlín for permanent installation on the square.