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2012 set to be good year for Czech art market

16-05-2012 16:10 | Jan Richter

František Kupka - 'The Shape of Blue' Over the last couple of years, art sales in the Czech Republic have seen a decline. But this year is different, and it’s not just the record sale of a František Kupka painting that did the trick. The market now attracts collectors who are ready to look beyond the well-established segment of modern art that has topped sales so far.  More

Mucha family voices concerns as Slav Epic goes on display in Prague

09-05-2012 16:36 | Christian Falvey

The Slav Epic in Veletržní palác, photo: Štěpánka Budková After many months of delays, and several years of arguing, the Slav Epic will go on display in Prague’s Veletržní palác on Thursday. Alfons Mucha’s Art Nouveau masterpiece has been at the centre of a heated dispute between the town of Moravský Krumlov, where the 20 enormous canvasses were kept until recently, and the City of Prague, which has made no secret of wanting to put the work on permanent display. As for the painter’s own wishes, the Slav Epic was willed to the Czech capital upon his death in 1939, but on the condition that a special building was made for it. That has never happened, much to the ire of the Mucha family. We spoke with the painter’s grandson John Mucha in London, and asked how he felt about the opening.  More

Kupka’s Shape of Blue sets new Czech art auction record

19-04-2012 15:22 | Sarah Borufka

'The Shape of Blue', photo: CTK On Wednesday night, The Shape of Blue, a painting by abstract artist František Kupka, sold for 55.75 million crowns at auction – setting a new Czech art auction record. The impressive final sum came as a surprise even to the director of Adolf Loos Aprtment & Gallery, which organized the auction. What significance does this latest record have for the domestic art market, and what makes this work of Kupka’s special? We spoke to Jan Skřivánek, the editor-in-chief of art + antiques.  More

Award-winning Czech typographer takes on Gujarati

12-04-2012 | Christian Falvey

David Březina Type design is an ancient art enjoying a renaissance in the computer age. The specificities of writing systems that were once passed down from master to apprentice can now be worked with by designers anywhere in the world who have the patience and the talent to take on a foreign script. One such designer is David Březina, one of the founders of the Brno type foundry Rosetta. In 2008 his Skolar type family received international recognition and he is now working on a font for the Gujarati writing system, used by over 60 million people in the Indian subcontinent. When he came to our studio recently I asked him how he became interested in type design in the first place.  More

Exhibitions & street art a part of Czech cultural season in London

11-04-2012 15:56 | Jan Velinger

František Kupka - 'Fugue in Two Colours' Czech Open 2012 is a cultural season in London that began last month and will last through to August, also during with the summer Olympic Games. Organised by the Czech Centre in London, the season offers a variety of programmes in the borough of Islington, including an exhibition called Coal and Steel and Disorient Express which is set to open, and a street art project being worked on now by two Czech and British artists.  More

The story of a successful Fine Arts studio

23-03-2012 16:03 | Jan Velinger

It was almost two years ago that then-fresh graduate Nina Mainerová set out with a colleague to open a professional architectural studio. But soon after their launch, the bills piled up and they were forced to modify their plans. First, they began offering preparatory classes for students applying to university; then they extended their workshops to include drawing and painting.  More

Concert, screening at Prague’s Lucerna to mark day against racism

21-03-2012 16:52 | Jan Velinger, Magdalena Hrozínková

March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and to mark the occasion organisers from Opona, a non-profit NGO, have helped put together an exhibition, screening and concert to take place on Wednesday afternoon and evening at Prague’s Lucerna. Several notable Czech artists, including Ester Kočičková Xindl X, and the Tap Tap are taking part.  More

Leoš Válka – founder of Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

19-03-2012 16:41 | Ian Willoughby

Leoš Válka Leoš Válka is one of the founders of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague’s Holešovice district, which in just a few years has become one of the most important institutions of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Válka has a perhaps surprising background for such a significant figure in the Czech art world: for several years he ran a firm in Australia doing maintenance work on high-rise buildings.  More

Jiří Trnka: 100th anniversary of the birth of a great Czech animator.

28-02-2012 14:34 | Dominik Jůn

Jiří Trnka This February marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the Czech Republic’s greatest animators, puppeteers and illustrators, Jiří Trnka. This milestone is being marked in the Czech Republic by the country’s National Film Archive; its Prague-based Ponrepo cinema screening a collection of Trnka’s films and documentaries about the artist until March 16th. Czech Centres around the globe – which exist to promote the Czech Republic - are also marking the anniversary heralding an exhibition called “Jiří Trnka: In the Service of the Imagination” which kicked off in Munich and also runs until March.  More

Analysis Results – new Krištof Kintera exhibit perplexes and provokes

28-02-2012 14:04 | Sarah Borufka

'Bad news' Krištof Kintera is one of the most respected contemporary Czech artists – he was recently given the title Artist of the Year – and his new exhibit offers an insight into his latest work. Provocative, whimsical and daring, the “Výsledky analýzy” show is one of the season’s most interesting exhibits. We take a look ahead of the opening.  More



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