75 x 205 x 30 cm
With arms outstretched, Jaroslav Vaček’s apostle sculpture welcomes visitors to the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen at the reception desk. This gesture is symbolic of the Academy's openness to people of all ages and educational levels, all nationalities and religions.
Jaroslav Vaček (*1923 in Vel'ké Kosihy, today Slovakia, †2012 in Prague, Czech Republic) was a Czech sculptor who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Alfred Fuchs, the only honorary member of the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen, was a friend of his. Vaček provided advice and support to the Jewish-German-born Fuchs, in dealing with the government in the post-war period. Together they travelled to Germany and, in 1993, exhibited at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen as the second group of artists from the former Eastern Bloc ever to do so. Vaček lived and worked in Prague.