The Czech-born Jewish writer and painter Max Mannheimer has died in Germany at the age of 96. Mr Mannheimer, who was born in Nový Jičín, survived the Holocaust and dedicated his life in post-war Germany to fighting anti-Semitism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Mr Mannheimer on Saturday for his efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, calling him "a great reconciler."
The Stanislav Libenský Award, founded eight years ago, is an international competition recognizing outstanding works in glass by art college graduates. This year’s winners were announced just recently and their work (as well as that of other finalists) is on now on view in a must-see exhibition at Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art.
Organisers in charge of the Lidice Memorial, a bronze monument to the children of Lidice - war victims from the Czech village razed by the Nazis in WWII as reprisal for the assassination of acting Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich - have been ordered to add the name of sculptor Jiří Hampl to a plaque attributing the work solely to his late wife. The academic sculptor Marie Uchytilová who died in 1989 is credited with the design but her husband contributed to the work's realisation in bronze. František Vyskočil, a representative of the Lidice Memorial organisation, maintains the work was Mrs Uchytilová's alone; he says an expert assessment should determine the nature of the contribution by her husband and has recommended that the matter be taken before the country's Supreme Court.
Members of the Russian dissident art group Voina (War) Oleg Vorotnikov, his wife Natalya Sokol and their daughter were detained in Prague on September 18, the Russian service of Radio Europe/Radio Liberty reported Monday. According to RFE/RL, Ms Sokol and her daughter were released but Mr Vorotnikov remains in custody and could reportedly face extradition to Russia. The Czech authorities did not immediately comment. Mr Vorotnikov and his wife left Russia in 2011 and have applied, but failed to receive, political asylum in a number of European countries. Both are reportedly wanted by the Russian authorities for apparent 'hooliganism'. The highly political Voina street-art group became famous internationally for statements like painting a giant phallus on a drawbridge facing the St. Petersburg headquarters of the Federal Security Service or, in another event, for overturning a police car on the pretense of "searching" for a child's lost ball.
Why does the Czech army take part in foreign military missions? And why should Czechs appreciate their war veterans? This is the main theme of an exhibition which is currently underway at Prague Castle. Entitled Ten druhý život or That Other Life, it features large-format photos showing scenes encountered by Czech military missions abroad, captured by soldiers and journalists.
Breathless is the title of a presentation of Czech glass that runs from this Saturday as part of the prestigious London Design Festival. Located in a former garage in the Brompton Design District near the Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition is a joint project of the award-winning Dechem studio, the OKOLO design collective and London’s Czech Centre. As last minute preparations were made, OKOLO’s Adam Štěch filled me in on what the show has to offer.
An exhibition of the works by the Henri Rousseau gets underway on Thursday at the National Gallery’s Kinský Palace in Prague. The iconic works of the famous French painter, including his most famous self-portrait, are displayed face to face with the paintings of other great artists such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Emil Filla, and Josef Šíma. The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and it is the first time Rousseau’s works are presented in the Czech Republic.
Czech painter and graphic artist Jiří Anderle is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Prague’s Obecní Dům at which 80 of his works of art will be presented. Anderle celebrates his 80th birthday on September 14. The artist has been the subject of many exhibitions both at home and internationally.
Researchers say they are delighted by the initial results of a scan of one of the Czech Republic’s archaeological treasures, the ceramic statuette of a naked woman known as the Venus of Dolní Věstonice. The scan produced around 8 gigabytes of data and analysis of the first findings shows significant impurities in the composition of the fired clay in the head and legs, the Moravian Museum’s Petr Neruda said in a press conference on Friday. The reasons for this are not yet known. Analysis of the findings of the scan should continue until the end of the year when the first definitive results should be available. The statue is reckoned to be up to 29,000 years old. It was found during excavations in 1925but its significance was only slowly appreciated.
An exhibition of caricatures of Václav Havel opened at Prague’s Malostranská Beseda on Tuesday evening to mark the 80th anniversary of the late Czech president’s birth. The exhibition, called “World Draws Havel”, includes some eighty portraits by caricaturists from 30 countries. It will be on display throughout September.