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An article about Líba the tomcat and our exhibition on Novinky.cz
August 27th, 2022
Novinky.cz published an article about an accordion Líba the tomcat and our exhibition How the Tomcat Travelled the World: Libuše Niklová's Toys and Their Foreign Hybrids. This is the same article that was printed by the newspaper Právo two days ago. This article has a characteristic title, How Libuše Niklová's accordion tomcat conquered the whole world.
Our exhibition with Líba the tomcat on the front page of the newspaper Právo
August 25th, 2022
Daily newspaper Právo printed an article about our exhibition How the Tomcat Travelled the World, which takes place in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Líba the tomcat even made it to the front page.
Heroic statue of Líba the tomcat was transported to UPM and is now a part of our exhibition
August 24th, 2022
The heroic statue of Líba the tomcat, which was created in the workshops of the National Theatre in Prague, was transported from the Congress Center where it welcomed the participants of the International Conference ICOM Prague 2022 to the Museum of Decorative Arts, where it became part of our exhibition How the Tomcat Travelled the World: Libuše Niklová's Toys and Their Foreign Hybrids.
The Dubai princess Latifa was photographed next to Líba the tomcat
August 23rd, 2022
The delegation of the United Arab Emirates, headed by Dubai's Princess Latifa, took part in the International Conference ICOM Prague 2022 and was photographed next to Líba the tomcat. Thanks to this, Líba the tomcat also made it into most of the Dubai periodicals.
Heroic statue of Líba the tomcat at ICOM PRAGUE 2022
August 20th, 2022
In the workshops of the National Theatre in Prague, this wonderful heroic statue of Líba the tomcat was created for the International Conference ICOM PRAGUE 2022. After the conference in the Congress Center, Líba the tomcat will be taken to our exhibition How the Tomcat Travelled the World: Libuše NIklová's Toys and Their Foreign Hybrids, which is held in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
ICOM PRAGUE 2022 has just started with the abundant presence of Líba the tomcat
August 20th, 2022
The International Cconference ICOM Prague 2022 has just started in the congress center with Líba the tomcat as the main mascot.
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August 19th, 2022
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What newspaper published an article about our exhibition How the Tomcat Travelled the World
August 18th, 2022
An exhibition dedicated to the iconic tomcat reveals how much he has been copied around the world. Do you also have a tomcat from the designer Libuše Niklová at home? Today, the toy from the 60s is primarily a collector's item. Did you know that it exists in over a hundred versions?
Our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World on lidovky.cz
August 4th, 2022
Generations of children have played with the leading representative of the so-called accordion toys, which is a black and white cat, and they are still celebrating success today. The exhibition How a tomcat Travelled the World in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague recalls not only the history of its creation but also the author Libuše Niklová. The installation is enriched by copies of cats that have been spontaneously produced in several countries for years.
Líba the tomcat on the front page of Lidové noviny
August 3rd, 2022
Lidové noviny printed an article about our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World, which takes place in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. Líba the tomcat even made it to the front page.
Petr Nikl's interview about our exhibition How the Tomcat Travelled the World on Slovak radio Devín
July 19th, 2022
Visit an exhibition with us in the Museum of Decorative Art in Prague. It could especially interest the generation that was born in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition is called: HOW THE TOMCAT TRAVELLED THE WORLD: LIBUŠE NIKLOVÁ'S TOYS AND THEIR FOREIGN HYBRIDS.
Feuilleton about Líba the tomcat in Vlasta magazine
July 13th, 2022
The magazine Vlasta printed a feuilleton about the accordion tomcat entitled How a tomcat went to the stove. This is the true story of the author, who owned the accordion tomcat from Libuše Niklová as a child. The author of the feuilleton is the well-known writer Blanka Kovaříková.
Our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World on the website of the Czech UNESCO Heritage
June 30th, 2022
On the website of UNESCO's Czech Heritage, they mention our unique exhibition with worldwide reach, How a Tomcat Travelled the World: Libuše Niklová's Toys and Their Foreign Hybrids.
An interview with Tereza Bruthansová, talking about the toys of Libuše Niklová and our exhibition on lidovky.cz
June 29th, 2022
With her book about Libuše Niklová, she started an avalanche of interest in legendary plastic toys. Her Mini Wonders exhibition introduced the Czech toy industry to the whole world. In addition to writing and curating, Tereza Bruthansová (51) is also the founder of the mini festival, which creates design backdrops for contemporary childhood.
The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic mentions our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World
June 28th, 2022
On its Facebook account, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic mentions a guided tour of our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World, which takes place on June 28, 2022 at 5 p.m. in the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague. Guided tour of the Libuše Niklová toy exhibition with PhDr. Helena Koenigsmarková, director of the museum.
Guided tour of our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World at UPM in Prague
June 28th, 2022
Today at 5:00 p.m., a guided tour of Libuše Niklová's toy exhibition with PhDr. Helena Koenigsmarková, director of the museum. Free entry.
An exhibition called Play with Design has just started in Valencia, including toys designed by Libuše Niklová
June 23rd, 2022
A four-month exhibition called Play with Design has just started in Valencia at the Cultural Center, which presents the work of the world's leading designers for children, including Libuše Niklová. Three of her toys are on display at the exhibition, namely Líba the Tomcat, Rafan the Dog and Baby.
!argument magazine reviews our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World
June 19th, 2022
The exhibition charmingly titled "How a Tomcat Travelled the World". Libuše Niklová's Toys and Their Foreign Hybrids" is basically a celebration of the extraordinary work of the artist Libuše Niklová (1934–1981). These are toys made of plastic, which used the unique properties of these materials at the time.
Our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World on the website of Fatra
June 17th, 2022
"We knew a Tomcat created by Libuše Niklová was a big phenomenon in his time, but that he had so many relatives all over the world was a surprise to us. If you want to learn more, visit the exhibition at the Museum of Decorative in Prague." - Fatra Napajedla
Accordion tomcat Líba on a postage stamp of the Czech Post
June 15th, 2022
In connection with the holding of the 26th ICOM General Conference from August 20th to 28th in Prague, the Czech Post is offering a new occasional postage stamp for sale. The subjects of the stamp are symbols related to Czech culture and history, and the author of its design is Miroslav Roubíček.
DesignMag writes about our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World
June 11th, 2022
On Thursday, the exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World was opened to the public, which has the subtitle Libuše Niklová's Toys and Their Foreign Hybrids. In the exhibition, you will find rare toys from the famous designer Libuše Niklová, which are no longer produced.
Our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World at kudyznudy.cz
June 9th, 2022
Our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World - Libuše Niklová's Toys and Their Foreign Hybrids on the most visited tourist portal in the Czech Republic.
Peter Nikl's fairy tale for our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World
June 09th, 2022
What would my creator, after whom I am named Líba, say to that, thought the tomcat at a gathering of relatives who had gathered from all over the world? He couldn't believe his eyes. He didn't really want to be there, a man in his sixties... But he was curious.
Our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World has just started at UPM in Prague
June 9th, 2022
At the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World opens today for the public. The world premiere of our discovery exhibition from a unique collection presents copies of accordion toys designed by Libuše Niklová together with the original series of animals. Free entry.
Our exhibition was a guest of Lucie Výborná on Radiožurnál
June 08th, 2022
The exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World begins in the Museum of Decorative Arts. The legendary accordion toys of the designer Libuše Niklová as well as their forgeries from all over the world will be on display.
An interview with Tereza Bruthansová, talking about Libuše Niklová's toys on the Slovak website Pravda.sk - VIDEO
May 16th, 2022
We also exhibit the works of the most famous Czech toy designer Libuše Niklová. I compiled an inventory of her entire work, wrote a monograph on it and created a retrospective exhibition that was a huge success at the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts.
Petr Nikl mentions our exhibition in talk show Na Plovárně with Marek Eben
April 19th, 2022
An interview by Marek Eben with the artist, musician, writer - one of the most original contemporary artists, Petr Nikl talks about his mother Libuše Niklová, the accordion tomcat, inflatable toys and our exhibition How a Tomcat Travelled the World, among other things.
Líba the tomcat on the website of the Ministry of Culture
April 13th, 2022
Líba the tomcat on the website of the Ministry of Culture in an article about the international conference ICOM Prague 2022, of which Líba is the mascot. The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic is the main partner of this largest museum event in the world.
The video clip Zlatíčka from Kapitán Demo with giraffes designed by Libuše Niklová already has 16 million views
February 27th, 2022
Inflatable giraffes by Libuše Niklová in the video clip of Jiří Burian aka Kapitán Demo have already been seen by 16 million people on YouTube and the number is constantly increasing.
An extensive article about Libuše Niklová on iDNES
December 30th, 2021
Thousands of children around the world have played with the legendary black tomcat with an accordion body and green eyes or with a deep yellow inflatable giraffe. Not even many Czechs know that it was the Czech designer Libuše Niklová who significantly influenced the childhood of several generations of children.
Miroslav Roubíček speaks about the tomcat as the mascot of ICOM
November 28th, 2021
Interview with graphic designer Miroslav Roubíček, author of the visual identity for the general conference of the ICOM Prague 2022 Council of Museums. Líba the tomcat became the main mascot of this conference.
Libuše Niklová's toys at the Zlín Film Festival
September 27th, 2021
This year too, Fatra had its place of honor and prepared a relaxation zone for families with children full of competitions, entertainment and games for visitors in Komenského Park in Zlín. The legendary seating toys by Libuše Niklová won the greatest popularity among children, which also decorated the surroundings of our stand with their variety.
An ICOM symposium took place with Líba the tomcat as a mascot
August 27th, 2021
The International Symposium ICOM 2021 brought closer the preparations of the 26th General Conference of ICOM Prague 2022 and presented the main topic The Power of Museums.
An article on the Fatra website about the 50 years anniversary of inflatable buffalo
July 21st, 2021
In 1971, Libuše Niklová came up with the idea of making inflatable seating furniture for children in the shape of animals. Among the first toys was the red whistling Buffalo.
Libuše Niklová in the program Rodáci známí neznámí on Český rozhlas Zlín
June 5th, 2021 He has nine patents and three national industrial designs. We are talking about the legendary artist and designer Libuše Niklová from Zlín. June 5th, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of her death. In the report of Andrea Kratinová, we remembered this native of Zlín and her work.
Libuše Niklová in the program Den po dni on TVS
June 5th, 2021
Day by day June 5 - Brief biography of Libuše Niklová on the regional television station TVS.
Inflatable buffalo celebrates 50 years
April 29th, 2021
This year, the red muscular buffalo is living to a beautiful age in excellent form. He has lost none of his cockiness and horniness and is in the same condition as when he was born. This year it is already 50 years!
Webinar on the preparation of ICOM with Líba the tomcat as a mascot
April 28th, 2021
The General Conference of the International Council of Museums ICOM will be held for the first time in the Czech Republic. In August 2022, it will be attended by thousands of experts from museums and galleries such as the Louvre or the British Museum. You can watch the recording of the International Council of Museums conference webinar here.
Libuše Niklová's toys on the website of Forbes magazine - VIDEO
December 19th, 2020
The plastic toys of designer Libuše Niklová from Fatra Napajedla became iconic. The most famous was a black tomcat, whose plastic body was a white whistling accordion, for which the designer ingeniously used a bellows tube from a flushing tank. Today, the tomcat is in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts and the prestigious Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris.
Extraordinary plenary session of ICOM with the participation of Líba the tomcat
September 16th, 2020
Extraordinary plenary session of the Czech ICOM Committee, which took place on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. in the Historical Building of the National Museum in Prague on Wenceslas Square.
The accordion tomcat became the mascot of ICOM Prague 2022 and was named Líba
September 8th, 2020
On the occasion of the international conference ICOM Prague 2022, the accordion tomcat was chosen as the mascot and at the same time was given the name Líba in honor of Libuše Niklová according to the proposal of Lukáš Toman and with the consent of Petr Nikl.
The Ministry of Culture announces that the accordion tomcat has been named Líba
August 20th, 2020
The website of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic published a press release from ICOM, where it is written, among other things, that the accordion tomcat was named Líba, which was also approved by Petr Nikl.
An exhibition 100 years of Czech design in Kanagawa
July 31st, 2020
The exhibition 100 years of Czech design, which features 12 toys by Libuše Niklová from our collection, has been touring major Japanese museums since last year, and was visited by residents of Okazaki, Toyama, Kyoto, and, of course, Tokyo. The exhibition is currently displayed at its last stop - the Museum of Modern Art in Kamakura and Hayama.
Banknote with the inflatable buffalo Haukola on Radiožurnál
July 4th, 2020
How many different security elements can fit on one banknote? How did Libuše Niklová's famous inflatable buffalo get to the banknote? Hanka Shánělová asks the director of the State Printer of Valuables Tomáš Hebelka.
Banknote with an inflatable buffalo Haukola in Blesk
July 2nd, 2020
The opportunity to design money was usually given to leading artists of their time. Now, thanks to the cooperation with the State Printer of Valuables, students of the University of Applied Arts in Prague (Umprum) have also received this privilege, for two semesters were able to devote themselves to studying the new form of banknotes and personal documents. Student Tuan Vuong Trong's proposal was so interesting that a commemorative list will be created based on his 2000 note with a buffalo, which is also available for purchase. Their proposals can be seen in the Czech National Bank.
Banknote with the inflatable buffalo Haukola on Czech television
June 24th, 2020
100 years of design will be on the commemorative certificates. Tuan Vuong Trong chose the last hundred years of Czech design as his theme, so the individual banknotes are decorated with iconic objects, such as the cubist jar by Pavel Janák or the inflatable buffalo by Libuše Niklová. This idea caught the attention of the State Printing House of Valuables so much that it will gradually publish the series as a collection of commemorative certificates.
An exhibition 100 years of Czech design in Kyoto
May 26th, 2020
After a long break in the operation of the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the 100 years of Czech design exhibition was opened on May 26th, where 12 toys by Libuše Niklová from our collection can be seen. The entire date of the exhibition has been moved, so visitors can come and see the best of Czech design until July 5th.
The Minister of Finance presents a banknote with Haukola the buffalo
May 19th, 2020
How would you like to pay, for example, with such a banknote? The state printer of valuables came up with, as they say, an idea worth all the money. A new project for promising talents in cooperation with the University of Arts and Crafts offers students a great opportunity to show their creativity and collectors the opportunity to expand their collections with interesting pieces.
Inflatable buffalo Haukola on commemorative banknote
March 11th, 2020
The commemorative certificate in the form of a banknote with the "Buffalo" motif is the result of close cooperation between STÁTNÁ TISKÁRNA CENIN, a state-owned enterprise, and the University of Applied Arts in Prague. The commemorative certificate in the form of a banknote was graphically processed and printed by STC according to the design of student Tuan Vuong Trong, who used motifs of Czech applied art as a way of presenting national wealth. In the case of the Buffalo commemorative certificate, it is the work of Libuše Niklová, the author of inflatable toys from the 1970s.
The Wikipedia article of Libuše Niklová has finally been created
March 2nd, 2020
We have created a Wikipedia page, or an article of Libuše NIklová. A day later, on March 3rd, 2020, we also created an English version. Wikipedia's incredible blunder has finally been corrected.
Libuše Niklová's inflatable giraffe in the show Your face has a familiar voice on TV Nova
October 5th, 2019
In the entertainment program Your face has a familiar voice, which is broadcast by TV Nova, there was an imitation of the clip Zlatíčka by Kapitán Demo, in which the legendary inflatable giraffe created by Libuše Niklová was used as props. Kapitán Demo was imitated by actress Zuzana Norisová.
An exhibition 100 years of Czech design in Tokyo
September 14th, 2019
An exhibition 100 years of Czech design, which features 12 toys by Libuše Niklová from our collection, will move to Tokyo, where it will be on display at the Setagaya Art Museum, after being presented in the cities of Okazaki and Toyama. This is the first ever exhibition in Japan that is devoted to Czech design and its history in such a broad way.
The video clip Zlatíčka by Kapitán Demo with the giraffe designed by Libuše Niklová has exceeded 2 million views
June 20th, 2019
The video clip Zlatíčka, authored by Jiří Burian aka Kapitán Demo and in which Libuše Niklová uses inflatable giraffes as props, was seen by over 2 million people in half a year.
An exhibition 100 years of Czech design in the city of Toyama
June 1st, 2019
An exhibition 100 years of Czech design, which features 12 toys by Libuše Niklová from our collection, is moving to the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art & Design after its success in Okazaki. From Toyama, Czech design will continue to Tokyo and then to Kyoto.
Libuše Niklová's inflatable caterpillar in the Kooperativa pojištovna advertisement
May 9th, 2019
In the new Kooperativa pojištovna advertisement, an inflatable caterpillar designed by Libuše Niklová appears for a short moment in the pool.
Libuše Niklová's inflatable toys have new packaging
April 12th, 2019
Inflatable toys Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Caterpillar, Piggy and Horse have new packaging! The inflatables now have a large picture on the front of the packaging, where they are photographed inflated and ridden by children. It is thus obvious at first glance what the size of the toys is. The back of the packaging shows the entire series of inflatable sitting animals to make it clear which ones are currently in production. There are also instructions for inflation and maintenance to make the toys last as long as possible.
An exhibition 100 years of Czech design in the city of Okazaki
April 6th, 2019
In the city of Okazaki in the prefecture of Aichi, from April 6th to May 19th, it will be possible to visit an exhibition dedicated to the hundred-year history of Czech design, where 12 toys by Libuše Niklova from our collection can be seen. This is the first ever exhibition in Japan that is devoted to Czech design and its history in such a broad way. From Okazaki, the exhibition will move to Toyama Prefecture and then Tokyo and Kyoto.
Libuše Niklová's accordion tomcat on the website of Fatra
February 28th, 2019
Accordion toys were a phenomenon in their time, and at the same time they were created completely by accident. In the transport carts of the Fatra factory, there were piles of hoses for flushing tanks, and only a person with the invention of Libuše Niklová could see the body of an animal in them. The first pioneer among flexible toys was a Tomcat in 1963.
Libuše Niklová in Art of Living magazine
January 30th, 2019
Art of Living magazine printed a double page with a list of 24 icons of Czech design, including Libuše Niklová. The inventory is on pages 64 and 65.
Libuše Niklová's inflatable giraffe in Kapitán Demo video clip
November 15th, 2018
Czech musician Jiří Burian aka Kapitán Demo used the legendary inflatable giraffe designed by Libuše Niklová as props in his new music video for the hit Zlatíčka.
Libuše Niklová on the Luxury Prague Life website
November 2nd, 2018
Libuše Niklová: queen of Czech rubber toys. It was she who, with her invention and imaginative design, brought to the world unconventional toys with a luxurious accordion body. They have become an indelible icon of the rubber industry here in the Czech Republic, specifically in the company Fatra.
Toys by Libuše Niklová at Top Drawer London 2018
September 16th, 2018
From 13th to 15th of September 2018, the sales exhibition TOP DRAWER 2018 took place in Olympia London, also with the participation of inflatable toys from Fatra. Libuše Niklová's toys were warmly received, see how they looked at the stand.
Raincoats inspired by Libuše Niklová's toys won the National Award for Student Design.
October 20th, 2017
The inflatable collection of clothing objects / raincoats is a free interpretation of toys by designer Libuše Niklová and other inflatable products of the Fatra factory, from Moravian Napajedla into clothing design on the border of "fashion art". The collection is created directly in collaboration with the Fatra factory, and the footwear for the collection with the Baťa company. Michaela Čapková designed and hand-made raincoats using high-frequency welding, exactly the way Libuše Niklova's inflatable toys are still made today.
The author of Libuše Niklová's toy-inspired raincoats at Český rozhlas
July 19th, 2017
An extravagant but functional tribute to Libuše Niklová's inflatable toys. The young Czech designer Michaela Čapková, who creates under her brand MIM, designed a raincoat collection called Soulmates. She was inspired by inflatable toys from the designer Libuše Niklová and created a series with original shapes or even with inflatable parts. Translucent PVC raincoats have now been nominated for a National Student Design Award.
The young Czech designer created raincoats inspired by Libuše Niklová's toys
June 30th, 2017
The young Czech designer Michaela Čapková, who creates under her brand MIM, designed a raincoat collection called Soulmates. She was inspired by inflatable toys from the designer Libuše Niklová and, in collaboration with Fatra, created a series with original shapes or even inflatable parts. Translucent PVC raincoats have now been nominated for a National Student Design Award.
Toys designed by Libuše Niklová at Spielwarenmesse 2017
February 7th, 2017
From February 1st to 6th, 2017, the international toy fair SPIELWARENMESSE took place in Nuremberg. This fair is intended for the professional public - manufacturers and suppliers of toys, buyers of large and small retail chains. 2871 exhibitors from 63 countries took part in the fair and more than 73 thousand visitors visited it.
An interview about Libuše Niklová with the publisher of Meander, Ivana Pecháčková, on the mistnikultura.cz website
December 16th, 2016
She was a designer as well as a visionary. Her iconic toys still come alive in the memories of many adults as they relive their childhood. She broke the myths about what a classic toy should look like and was not afraid to create from materials that were revolutionary in her time. Czech toy designer Libuše Niklová has decorated many children's rooms with her creations for many decades. Meander's publisher Ivana Pecháčková remembers her in an interview.
Libuše Niklová's toys on the website of Forbes magazine
September 24th, 2015
Fatra Napajedla produced an inflatable buffalo by the artist Libuše Niklová forty-five years ago. And the exact same buffalo is coming back now. "In 2010, two events coincided, which contributed to the resumption of the production of inflatable toys in Fatra. There was a successful exhibition of toys by the designer Libuše Niklová, held at the House of Arts in Zlín, and at the same time the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fatra company," recalls Petr Janda from Fatra.
Libuše Niklová's toys at the Colours of Ostrava festival
July 20th, 2015
Toys from Fatra were also inflated at Colours of Ostrava. This year, the festival again recorded a record number of visitors, with a total of 43,700 people visiting the area. Compared to last year, this is almost three thousand more.
The Indian inflatable canoe by Libuše Niklová is being produced again
June 24th, 2014
New collection of water toys. The offer of inflatable toys has been expanded with new products. Various vessels naturally belong on the water, the series of retro toys is expanded by an Indian canoe. The boat is for small children up to 30 kg.
Fatra revives Libuše Niklová's grasping toys
March 10th, 2014
Based on the great response from last year's Designblok 2013 exhibition, Fatra, a.s., decided to resume the production of three grip toys Micinka, Punťa and Sluníčko. These toys for the little ones have expanded our offer of inflatable toys on our e-shop www.efatra.cz. We believe that in this way we will further strengthen sales in this segment and attract new customers not only here, but also abroad.
Review of the book Foukací povídky by Petr Nikl on iLiteratura.cz
December 2nd, 2013
The tenth author's book Foukací povídky (Blowing Stories) by Petr Nikl, published in the artistic edition of the Meander publishing house Modrý slon, appeals to children and adults with diverse stories of legendary plastic toys from the workshop of the world-renowned designer Libuše Niklova. The publication loosely follows onthe award-winning monograph Libuše Niklová by Tereza Bruthansová.
Petr Nikl's autograph session for the publication of the book Foukací povídky at the Baťa Institute in Zlín
October 17th, 2013
The autograph session and a band of songs and a lecture from the new book Foukací povídky (Blowing Stories) by Petr Nikl will take place on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in the premises of the 14|15 cafe of the BAŤA INSTITUTE. The book will be presented by the author together with Libor Stavjaník, who participated in the creation of the colorful and playful book.
Novinky.cz mentions Petr Nikl's Foukací povídky
October 11th, 2013
Petr Nikl's book is a collection of shorter texts for children, inspired and illustrated by his mother Libuše's toys, in whose environment he grew up and on which he was often the first to test their durability.
A new book Foukací povídky by Petr Nikl with toys from Libuše Niklová has been published
October 10th, 2013
Petr Nikl's author's book Foukací povídky (Blowing Stories) is a set of shorter texts for children, inspired and illustrated by his mother's toys, in whose environment he grew up and on which he was often the first to test their durability. Petr Nikl's new book was presented at the Big Book Thursday event with an autograph session.
Libuše Niklová's toys on iDNES.cz
October 7th, 2013
At this year's Designblok, even children will have fun. The company Fatra Napajedla presents here a new collection of its traditional plastic toys. The basis is an absolute classic, the work of designer Libuše Niklová.
An exhibition Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 on the website of Austrian television ORF including toys designed by Libuše Niklová
October 6th, 2013
On the website of the Austrian television station ORF, they published a trailer for the exhibition Designing Modern Women 1890-1990, which takes place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and which also features 3 toys by Libuše Niklová.
An exhibition Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 has just started at MoMA in New York, including toys by Libuše Niklová
October 5th, 2013
The annual Designing Modern Women exhibition has begun at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The best works by women from the years 1890-1990 can be seen at the exhibition. There are also 3 inflatable toys from Libuše Niklová, the Haukola the buffalo , Vlastík the elephant and a giraffe.
An exhibition Designing Modern Women 1890-1990 at MoMA on the website of the Italian magazine domus
October 4th, 2013
An article about the Designing Modern Women exhibition, which is being held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, appeared on the website of the Italian design magazine domus. There are also 3 inflatable toys by Libuše Niklová on display.
An interview with Zuzana Lednická about Libuše Niklová's monograph
October 2nd, 2013
Libuše Niklová's monograph? A matter of the heart, says Lednická. "Libuše Niklová's book was absolutely a matter of the heart! I did it even in the evenings, pregnant and very tired, because the book was created very quickly. Libuše Niklová used exactly the graphic language in her work, which is very close to me, and so I was only afraid, so as not to spoil it," said Lednická, adding that the book was written in about three months.
Lidovky writes about Petr Nikl's book Foukací povídky
September 25th, 2013
Big Book Thursday is being prepared for October 10, and this event is being coordinated by Kosmas book distribution for the third time. A dozen publishers will present 12 new releases that they consider to be the hits of the upcoming season. The partner of the Great Book Thursday is the Municipal Library in Prague, where a meeting of readers and authors of published books will take place. The blowing stories will be presented by the artist Petr Nikl; the book, which was inspired by the inflatable toys of Nikl's mother, is published by Meander.
Libuše Niklová's inflatable Piggy is back in production
June 24th, 2013
Every household has a piggy. And if not, you can get it now. Pink and grazed as it should be. Inflatable from Fatra, of course. In the past, it was quite common to have a fattening pig and organize a home slaughter once a year. Of course, time has progressed and we tend to go to supermarkets for breakfast, but you can easily have some piggy at home. It's suitable for children, you don't have to find a food for it, you just wouldn't like the boiling water. We present to you another retro toy from the designer Libuše Niklová. This Piggy completes the animal line of inflatable toys and will provide you with lots of fun moments while playing.
Šipka the lounge by Libuše Niklová is being produced again
May 13th, 2013
The range of inflatable toys is newly expanded with toys for summer play on the water. You can ride on the water on a dart-shaped water lounger in two color variants. It is pink-purple for girls and turquoise-blue for boys. It is also possible to buy an inflatable ball in the same colors for each lounger. The children's line of water toys is printed with animals based on the motifs of inflatable animals from the workshop of designer Libuše Niklová. The circle is made in three color combinations. The animal ball matches all circles in color.
Libuše Niklová's inflatable horse is being produced again
April 08th, 2013
This toy is included in the retro collection, its shape and color are the same as the product that started to be produced in 1973. It is not surprising that a number of toys in the past were enriched with a horse, horses and water fountains belong together. The horse also had a "bridle" in the past. However, this part of the product no longer meets the safety requirements, so it is not on the toy.
Three toys included in the collections of MoMA, New York
January 1st, 2013
A great success for Czech design, the famous Museum of Modern Art in New York included three inflatable toys by Libuše Niklová in its collection. These are Haukola the buffalo, Vlastík the elephant and the giraffe.
A change in the production of Libuše Niklová's inflatable Caterpillar
December 7th, 2012
The retro edition of inflatable toys currently consists of 4 toys: Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe and Caterpillar. This edition also includes the Caterpillar, which was the only one with a printed face. However, since we found out by searching in the archives that the caterpillar did not have a printed face, there is a change in the caterpillar since December 2012. We make the caterpillar only with more expressive eyes, but without the imprinted nose and mouth.
Libuše Niklová's toys won the Správná hračka award - selected by experts
October 9th, 2012
ELEPHANT, BUFFALO and GIRAFFE ARE AMONG THE AWARD WINNING TOYS! In recent days, the FOR TOYS, FOR BABIES toy fair took place in Letňany, Prague. This fair ended on September 28th, 2012 with a festive gala evening, at which the RIGHT TOY - CHOSEN BY EXPERTS certificate was awarded to the best toys.
MoMa, New York published a video on YouTube about Libuše Niklová
September 13th, 2012
MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York has published a beautiful video with Petr Nikl about Libuše Niklová and their toys on their YouTube channel.
Manufacturing Poetry: The Toys of Libuše Niklová, article on the MoMA website
September 13th, 2012
Plastic toys by Libuše Niklová – original, artistically conceived and technically ingenious – are a big favorite among visitors to MoMA's Century of the Child exhibition, writes Juliet Kinchin, curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Lidovky writes about Libuše Niklová's toys at the MoMA exhibition in New York
August 10th, 2012
Several Czech artists are represented in an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art dedicated to design for children in the 20th century, which opened on Sunday. The exhibition also includes Libuše Niklová's toys, such as the iconic accordion tomcat, or the inflatable buffalo and giraffe.
An exhibition Century of the Child at MoMA on the website of Česká Televize
July 30th, 2012
Several Czech artists are also represented at the exhibition in New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) dedicated to design for children in the 20th century. The century of the child: we grow with design, 1900-2000 includes, among others, exhibits by Ladislav Sutnar, Minka Podhajská or Josef Lada. In the section focused on reconstruction after the Second World War and the influx of products intended for children, Libuše Niklová's toys are on display and Jiří Trnka's Cybernetic Grandma is being shown.
An exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 at MoMA in New York has just started, including toys designed by Libuše Niklová
July 29th, 2012
The exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 has opened at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition features the best works for children from 1890-1990. Several toys designed by Libuše Niklová can be seen here, for example a accordion tomcat, a doctor and a nurse, or an inflatable giraffe.
Libuše Niklová's Inflatable Caterpillar is being produced again
June 6th, 2012
The line of inflatable animals ELEPHANT, BUFFALO and GIRAFFE was supplemented with a CATERPILLAR. This toy has already been produced in the past, it was first introduced to the market in 1972. CATERPILLAR is the work of designer Libuše Niklová, who was inducted into the hall of fame this year by the jury of the Czech Grand Design. CATERPILLAR is produced in three color combinations.
Libuše Niklová inducted into the Czech Grand Design Hall of Fame - VIDEO
March 17th, 2012
The toy designer Libuše Niklová (1934-1981) was inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Czech Grand Design 2011 awards. Niklová became famous mainly for the design of plastic toys and their packaging, while most of their designs were realized in series production. The award was accepted by her son, the artist Petr Nikl, who played with her toys and tested them.
Libuše Niklová's monograph won the Most Beautiful Book in the World 2012 award – bronze medal
March 16th, 2012
Libuše Niklová's monograph celebrates another great success. At the book fair in Leipzig, Germany, she received a bronze medal in the Most Beautiful Book in the World 2012 competition. The author of the monograph is Tereza Bruthansová, and the graphic design is by Zuzana Lednická from the Najbrt studio.
Libuše Niklová was inducted into the Czech Grand Design Hall of Fame as the first female designer
March 11th, 2012
On Saturday, the Czech Grand Design national award ceremony took place in the Stavovské divadlo. As part of it, Libuše Niklová (1934 to 1981) was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Czech Design in memoriam.
Lidovky writes about an exhibition of Libuše Niklová's toys in the Louvre
October 2nd, 2011
In 2010, the exhibition of toy designer Libuše Niklová (1934-1981) became one of the most successful cultural events of its kind in our country. Now he is celebrating success in France.
Sortir á Paris published an article about Libuše Niklova's Plastique ludique toy exhibition
August 29th, 2011
The exhibition of toys by Libuše Niklová, entitled Plastique ludique, also earned an article on the most visited tourist portal in Paris, Sortir á Paris.
An exhibition of Libuše Niklová's toys in The New York Times
August 11th, 2011
The New York Times website published an article about Libuše Niklová's Plastique ludique toy exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in the Louvre in Paris
Plastique ludique on the tourist portal Gralon
August 8th, 2011
The exhibition of toys by Libuše NIklová at the Museum of Decorative Arts in the Louvre in Paris appeared on the important tourist portal Gralon.
Haukola the buffalo in a display case at the famous Galeries Lafayette
July 21st, 2011
In one of the showcases in the famous luxury Galeries Lafayette, a herd of floating Haukola buffaloes is displayed as a banner for Libuše Niklová's Plastique ludique toy exhibition in the Louvre.
Le Figaro printed an article about Libuše Niklová's Plastique ludique toy exhibition in the Louvre
July 1st, 2011
The oldest published French newspaper, the famous Le Figaro, printed an article by Cédric Morisset about Libuše Niklová's Plastique ludique toy exhibition in the Paris Louvre.
Plastique ludique exhibition in the Parisian magazine Plumetis
June 23rd, 2011
Another article about Libuše Niklová's Plastique ludique toy exhibition at the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts was published in Plumetis magazine.
deník.cz writes about Libuše Niklova's toy exhibition in Paris
June 17th, 2011
Rubber cat, donkey, or dog. And a slightly faded Made in Czechoslovakia inscription on each. A collection of fifteen rubber toys from Gumotex, which were produced in Břeclav for the smallest children in the 1960s, now adorns the largest museum in the world - the Louvre in Paris.
Plastique ludique, an exhibition of toys designed by Libuše Niklová in designboom magazine
June 13th, 2011
An exhibition of toys designed by Libuše Niklová in the Louvre in Paris appeared on the website of designboom magazine.
A video from the Plastique ludique exhibition in Cligne Cligne magazine
11/06/2011 The French magazine Cligne Cligne published a video from the exhibition Plastique ludique, which takes place at the Museum of Decorative Arts in the Louvre in Paris. over 100 toys by Libuše Niklová can be seen at the exhibition.
A Nous Paris magazine printed an article about the Plastique ludique exhibition in Paris.
June 09th, 2011
An article about the exhibition of Libuše Niklová's toys at the Museum of Modern Art in the Louvre in Paris was published in the printed version of the magazine A Nous Paris.
The Plastique ludique exhibition at the famous Louvre in Paris has just started
June 9th, 2011
An almost five-month exhibition of toys by Libuše Niklová will be presented at the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts, which is located in the Louvre, the largest museum in the world. These are the same exhibits that were exhibited in Zlín and in Prague in the Museum of Decorative Arts under the name 200 dm3 breath.
Plastique ludique exhibition in Hospodářské noviny
June 6th, 2011
Are you in your forties? Then the French will borrow your toys. Three decades after the death of the Czech designer Libuše Niklová, her legendary toys will be exhibited in the prestigious Paris Museum of Decorative Arts. The author's son Petr Nikl, also an artist, will organize a tribute to his mother at the Czech Center in Paris.
An exhibition of toys designed by Libuše Niklová Plastique ludique in MiLK magazine
June 5th, 2011
MiLK magazine published an article on its website about the upcoming Plastique ludique exhibition with toys by Libuše Niklováa, which is taking place in the Louvre Museum of Modern Art in Paris. The article was also published in the printed version of the magazine, in issue 32.
Libuše Niklová's toys and their exhibition Plastique ludique on iDNES.cz
May 26th, 2011
"An accordion tomcat, an inflatable elephant and other toys by the artist Libuše Niklová are going to Paris for the first time for an exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts. The exhibition is called Plastique ludique – Cheerful plastic. The toys accompanied the childhood of most of today's Czech thirty-somethings. It is a huge success. I am glad that my mother's work will be presented in such a prestigious place. The entrance to the exhibition space is not far from the famous Louvre," said the author's son Petr Nikl, who wants to commemorate the sad anniversary with the exhibition. His mother died in 1981, exactly thirty years ago.
Monograph about Libuše Niklová on the website of Česká Televize
April 13th, 2011
Libuše Niklová's monograph was ranked first among books on visual arts. The publication of Tereza Bruthansová and artist Petr Nikl, son of the famous designer, was graphically edited by Zuzana Lednická. Prague - A record number of 252 titles were submitted by publishers and authors to the competition for the Most Beautiful Czech Book of 2010. "The jury did not have an easy task, many quality works were submitted this year," said Zdeněk Freisleben, director of the Memorial of National Literature, who presented the award-winning books today.
Libuše Niklová's monograph won the award Most Beautiful Czech Book of 2010, the Award of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic
April 7th, 2011
Libuše Niklová's monograph is a great success, it became the most beautiful book of the year, it won 1st place in the category Books on visual arts, pictorial and photographic publications, and the Prize of the Minister of Culture for Libuše Niklová's book. The author of the monograph is Tereza Bruthansová and the graphic editing is by Zuzana Lednická from the Najbrt studio.
The production of inflatable toys designed by Libuše Niklová has started again
February 1st, 2011
The production of inflatable toys starts again After several months of uncertainty regarding the future of the idea to resume the production of the popular seat inflatable toys, a final decision has been made. YES and let's do it. A trio of inflatable toys from designer Libuše Niklová successfully passed tests at the Institute for Testing and Certification in Zlín. We can now mark our buffaloes, elephants and giraffes with the SAFE TOYS logo, which guarantees customers that these products are safe and harmless for children.
An article about toys designed by Libuše Niklová on iDNES.cz
April 11th, 2010
Libuše Niklová's toys are Czech national pride. This exhibition in Prague's Museum of Decorative Arts deserves all the celebratory epithets with which visitors and critics honor it. It is nice, playful, surprising, concise and informative thanks to the curator Tereza Bruthansová, fresh and original thanks to the author of the concept and installation Petr Nikl, and thanks to the graphic artist Zuzana Lednická sensitively and imaginatively depicted in the second level of panels, postcards and the catalog.
An exhibition 200 dm3 dechu on Český rozhlas
April 2nd, 2010
An exhibition of the work of toy designer Libuše Niklová has been on display at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague since April 1st. The retrospective entitled 200 dm3 dechu (breath) presents the work of this exceptional designer and author of nine patented inventions, from early designs to well-known realized objects.
An exhibition 200 dm3 dechu on Český rozhlas
March 31st, 2010
In the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the first part of the exhibition project - 200 dm3 dechu (breath) - a retrospective exhibition entitled "Toys of Libuše Niklová" will be launched in the early evening. The second part of the exhibition entitled - "Petr Nikl: Dialogue with Mom" - presenting Nikl's paintings, drawings and puppets, which were directly or indirectly inspired by the work of his mother, plastic toy designer Libuše Niklová, was opened yesterday evening in Letohrádek Hvězda in Prague 6.
An article about toys by Libuše Niklová and the exhibition 200 dm3 dechu on the portal of the capital city of Prague
March 31st, 2010
Libuše Niklová's toys - who knows they are from her? Toys from the 1950s to the 1980s produced in what was then Czechoslovakia were prepared by a number of artists. Among them was the prominent figure of Libuše Niklová.
The launch of the monograph Libuše Niklová by Tereza Bruthansová took place
March 31st, 2010
On March 31st, 2010, the launch of the first book about Libuše Niklová took place. Libuše Niklová's monograph, authored by Tereza Bruthansová and graphically edited by Zuzana Lednická, maps the colorful world of her innovative plastic toys through almost five hundred color photographs and archival reproductions, which occupy an exceptional place not only in domestic, but also in the world context. Some are already among the icons of Czech design.
An exhibition 200 dm3 dechu on Česká Televize
March 30th, 2010
An exhibition 200 dm3 dechu (breath) at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague will present the work of Libuše Niklová. The icon among Libuše Niklová's toys is the black accordion cat, but inflatable toys were also known, which also served as seating furniture for children. The exhibition had its premiere at the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín at the beginning of the year, where it met with great success.
Blesk writes about an exhibition 200 dm3 dechu in Zlín
February 3rd, 2010
An Exhibition in Zlín: Inflatable toys from the 60s and 70s were unique in the world. What did children play with more than 40 years ago? This can be found out by visitors to the Regional Gallery in Zlín. The exhibition space was filled with a hundred inflatable toys from the 60s and 70s, which were produced in Fatra Napajedla and Gumotex Břeclav. They were designed by Libuše Niklová, a native of Zlín.
The first exhibition of Libuše Niklová's work is about to begin
February 2nd, 2010
An exhibition project 200 dm3 dechu (breath). Exhibition: House of Art, Zlín Castle, opening ceremony February 2nd, 2010 at 17.00, the exhibition will last until March 21st, 2010. Who doesn't know her accordion Tomcat or inflatable Buffalo? However, few people know that the work of the designer Libuše Niklová (1934–1981) includes a truly respectable number of innovative plastic toys, the originality of which in its time far exceeded the usual toy production both in our country and in the world. Even fewer people associate her name with the well-known visual artist and theater artist Petr Nikl (1960), a member of the former group Tvrdohlaví and the author of the successful international project Orbis pictus.