Born 1871, Opočno, Czech Republic
Died 1957, Puteaux, France
1887 Begins training as an artist at the Prague academy under Frantisek Sequens.
1891 Kupka transfers to the academy in Vienna, working under Professor Eisenmenger.
1894 Travels to London and Scandinavia.
1895 Settles in Paris, working with caricature and drawing to make fashion designs, drafts for posters and illustrations for books and satirical magazines.
1905 Moves to Puteaux in the suburbs of Paris and meets Jacques Villon.
1910-1911 Villon introduces Kupka to a circle of painters (“Section d’Or”) including Marcel Duchamp, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, and Francis Picabia. This circle focuses on the form issues encountered by Cubists and Futurists and the connections between music and painting. During this time, Kupka’s work moves from Jugendstil to Abstraction, and he became the first artist in France to finally abandon natural form.
1912 First exhibition of Section d’Or at the Paris autumn salon, where Kupka exhibits his abstract Orphism pictures.
1914 Voluntarily enrolls for front-line duty at the Somme.
1918 Accepts a post as a guest professor in Prague.
1931 Co-founds “Abstraction-Création” with Jean Arp, Jean Hélion, Auguste Herbin, Georges Valmier and Georges Vantongerloo. Participates in many significant exhibitions during this time in Paris at the “Jeu de Paume” museum.
1946 After liberation he returns to Puteaux. For his 75th birthday, his first major retrospective takes place in Prague.
1955 Participates in “documenta I” in Kassel.
1958 A year after his death, a large-scale retrospective exhibition takes place at the “Musée d’Art Moderne” in Paris, where an entire room is dedicated to him.