On Tuesday, for the first time since the devastating floods, Prague's National Gallery allowed journalists to see collections of ancient Czech art in St. Agnes convent in the historical centre of Prague. Although the water in the convent came up to a height of 2 metres, the precious 14th century pictures and sculptures were luckily saved. Alena Skodova was there and has this report:
With top representatives of 46 states expected to stay in the city from the 20th to the 22nd of November, Prague's smart hotels too have to make sure everything will be ready for the exceptional and numerous guests. I'm now standing outside Prague's Renaissance Hotel where I'm about to meet Helena Dunn, a Czech-born American interior designer. She's currently redesigning some parts of the hotel for it to be able to receive all those important guests.
Liba Taylor is a London-based Czech photographer who specializes in documentary projects for international humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children Fund and many others. Her work has taken her to Africa, Asia and Latin America where she documented the fate of mainly women and children fighting for survival in the midst of war, famine, disease and slavery. At the present time there is an exhibition of Mrs Taylor's photographs here in Prague and in this week's edition of Magazine she talks to Daniela Lazarova about various
Liba Taylor is a Czech photographer living in London who specializes in documentary projects for international humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children Fund and many others. For the past twenty years her work has taken her to Africa, Asia and Latin America where she documented the fate of mainly women and children fighting for survival in the midst of war, famine, disease and slavery. Over the years she has won many British and international awards. At the present time there is an exhibition of Mrs Taylor's photographs
In the early 1990s, Prague City Gallery deposited a number of 19th century paintings and handicrafts at Troja chateau, which the gallery owns. This year, the Gallery decided to use a substantial part of the chateau for exhibiting the most important examples of its rich collection of Czech sculpture. Alena Skodova has more:
From May until December this year, the Czech Republic will be showcasing Czech culture at a festival called Bohemia Magica in France. The festival includes a long series of cultural events promoting Czech film, literature, theatre, music and art. In a couple of weeks the French public was expecting to see an exhibition of a priceless collection of art - the Vincenc Kramar Collection, which includes 17 Pablo Picasso paintings. But it seems visitors to the Czech Season in France will be denied a glimpse of the artwork. The owner of the collection,
This Tuesday saw the 11th annual awarding of the prestigious "Excellent Product of the Year Award", a prize which recognises, as well as promotes, excellence and innovation in Czech design on both the professional and student levels. Out of this year's 172 entries, 11 designs received the Excellent Design award, while one entry was given the National Prize. My colleague Jan Velinger attended the award ceremony:
The Lower House of Parliament has approved an amendment to the penal code which, if approved by the Senate and signed by President Havel, could mean up to eight years in jail for spray-painters who scrawl graffiti on historic buildings. This problem has been escalating and represents a real threat to medieval sites and buildings, many of them protected by the United Nations heritage organization, UNESCO. has been looking into the issue.