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Landmark National Museum building closes for five-year long reconstruction

07-07-2011 15:38 | Jan Richter

Visualisation of the National Museum reconstruction The historic National Museum building at the top of Prague’s Wenceslas Square will close its doors on Thursday for five years of major renovations – the first in the site’s 120-year-long history. When it reopens in June 2016, the museum should offer visitors a whole new experience. On Thursday, hundreds of people used the valuable opportunity to visit the museum for one last time.  More

Ladislav Sutnar: U.S. Venus opens at Rudolfinum

01-07-2011 16:01 | Jan Velinger

In today’s Arts we discuss a new exhibition at Prague’s Rudolfinum Gallery of almost forgotten paintings by iconic 20th century Czech-American graphic designer Ladislav Sutnar. Entitled U.S. Venus, the show features playful, highly-stylised nudes that fit within the designer’s concept of Joy-Art, a humanistic manifesto which looked ahead to the 21st century. On the day of the opening, Jan Velinger spoke to the show’s curator Iva Knobloch of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. She talks about Sutnar as a painter but also discusses his immeasurable contribution to the field of graphic design.  More

Culture Ministry orders return of state-owned artworks from abroad to avoid seizures in arbitration case

01-06-2011 16:05 | Jan Richter

Emil Filla - 'Two Women', photo: Moravian gallery in Brno The Czech Republic will bring back home state-owned artworks that are on loan abroad in an effort to avoid their seizure in a protracted arbitration case. The decision comes after an Austrian court last week upheld the claims of the Swiss firm Diag Human and seized three modernist artworks lent to a gallery in Vienna. The Czech Foreign Ministry considers any seizures of Czech property in breach of international law.  More

National Gallery to be headed by economist Vladimír Rösel

17-05-2011 17:04 | Christian Falvey

Vladimír Rösel, photo: CTK The Minister of Culture, Jiří Besser, has appointed a fresh face to the head of the Czech Republic’s National Gallery, that of economist Vladimír Rösel. Though chosen for the position by a selection committee and praised by the minister for having by far the best plan for leading the gallery into the future, critics have been quick to point out his obvious drawback – that he is neither an artist nor an art academic. What’s more, Mr Rösel replaces a huge figure in the Czech art world, Milan Knížák, an artist of world-renown whose 12-year tenure in the gallery has nonetheless been speckled with mishaps and controversies. Earlier on Tuesday we spoke with art theorist Tomáš Pospiszyl about the situation.  More

Gail Naughton and the Czech books of Iowa

19-02-2011 02:01 | David Vaughan

If you want to find out more about the long history of Czechs and Slovaks in the United States, the place to start is The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The museum was devastated by floods in 2008 and some 6,000 flood-damaged volumes from the library are still being painstakingly restored. But the pace of recovery has been remarkably fast, and within the next couple of years, an ambitious project to rebuild and expand the museum should be complete. With it the library will also be up and running once again. In Czech Books this week, David Vaughan finds out more about the library’s rich collections.  More

Exhibition at Rudolfinum maps ‘mutations’ in contemporary Czech photography & art

11-02-2011 14:18 | Jan Velinger

Veronika Bromová - 'Pohledy', photo: CTK “What exactly happened?” is the key question or starting point for a fascinating new exhibition which opened on Thursday at the Galerie Rudolfinum. Entitled Mutating Medium, the show focuses on changes in Czech photographic art over the last 20 years, as artists working in the medium shifted from traditional methods to new ways of seeing and treating the image, blurring at the edges with other forms, other media. The exhibition follows on the massive success of Decadence Now! with 150 dynamic and unusual works should prove just as stimulating.  More

PLAY – Petr Nikl’s unique project at Prague’s Mánes Gallery

17-12-2010 13:38 | Jan Velinger

PLAY A unique show on at Prague’s Mánes Gallery is continuing to attract visitors like no other, the latest collaboration between respected artist and performer Petr Nikl and dozens of contributing artists from around the world. Called PLAY, the show invites visitors of all ages, from children to seniors to complete, destroy, co-author or interact with existing installations, which range from musical sculptures to piles of found objects that can be arranged and rearranged anyway you like. Radio Prague caught up with the artist earlier this week and takes a closer look at PLAY in this week’s Arts.  More

National Gallery’s Milan Knížák warns budget cuts will force gallery to opt for drastic solution: to close doors in winter months

09-11-2010 13:41 | Jan Velinger

Veletržní palace Prague’s National Gallery, one of the country’s most respected cultural institutions which includes a number of venues including Veletržní palace, has, along with other state-funded organisations, been told by the austerity government to save 15 percent of its budget next year. The cuts, following the earlier financial crisis, are expected to hit the gallery hard. While some steps have already been taken – a reduction in the number of exhibitions, a cutting back on acquisitions, a lowering of the number of staff – it is not likely to be enough. As a result, this week gallery head Milan Knížák warned of a more drastic solution if additional funds aren’t found.  More

National Gallery hosts collection of 20th century masterpieces

13-10-2010 16:58 | Christian Falvey

Photo: CTK Many of the most famous artists of the 20th century will be in Prague as of Wednesday, vicariously through their artworks that is, as the National Gallery opens a major new exhibition called Monet – Warhol, showcasing masterpieces from the Albertina Museum in Vienna. The collection of 80 paintings merely begins with Monet and ends with Andy Warhol, with multiple works by Matisse, Magritte, Kandinsky and many more found in between. Taking famous collections on loan from abroad has not been a common trend in the National Gallery and I asked its director Milan Knížák if it had been difficult to materialise.   More

Gail Naughton and the Czech books of Iowa

19-09-2010 02:01 | David Vaughan

If you want to find out more about the long history of Czechs and Slovaks in the United States, the place to start is The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The museum was devastated by floods in 2008 and some 6,000 flood-damaged volumes from the library are still being painstakingly restored. But the pace of recovery has been remarkably fast, and within the next couple of years, an ambitious project to rebuild and expand the museum should be complete. With it the library will also be up and running once again. In Czech Books this week, David Vaughan finds out more about the library’s rich collections.   More

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