On June 6, an exhibition “Joan Brehms (1907–1995): Scenographer, Architect and Painter” was opened in the South Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.
Joan Brehms (Johans Brēms) was born and studied in the Latvian city of Liepāja. By the early 1930’s, he entered scenographer’s and painter’s activities, worked at Latvian, Polish and German theatres, and at the end of 1930’s he cooperated with famous Latvian theatre director Eduards Smiļģis. After World War II the life of Joan Brehms was rather dramatic. However, when he arrived to Czechoslovakia, a great support, both creative and civil, was delivered from South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice where he could worked as a creative scenographer and implement his painting and architectonic ideas.
In the 1960’s and the 1970’s his innovative scenographic and architectonic works achieved recognition not only in Czechoslovakia, but in other European countries too. Joans Brehms is also an author of the Open Air Revolving Theatre in Český Krumlov.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia Mr Alberts Sarkanis, the Vice-President of the Senate Mr Jiří Šesták, the mayor of the city of České Budějovice Mr Dalibor Carda, the director of the South Bohemian Theatre Mr Lukáš Prudek and others held speeches.
The exhibition prepared by the Czech National Museum and other partners was first opened on September 16, 2017 in Joans Brehms’ home city of Liepāja, afterwards, till the end of the year, it was to bee seen in Eduards Smiļģis Theatre Museum in Riga.