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The Polemics of Miloš Jiránek on view at National Gallery

04-11-2011 16:53 | Jan Velinger

This Thursday saw the opening of a new exhibition at the National Gallery’s Kinský Palace Stables Gallery marking 100 years since the death of post-impressionist painter, man-of-letters and critic Miloš Jiránek, who contributed strongly to the Czech “National Awakening” at the end of the 19th century. Although he died at the age of just 35, Jiránek was a most influential figure whose paintings, as well as written works, have seen renewed appreciation. The show, entitled The Polemics of Miloš Jiránek, features oils, water colours, drawings, and woodcut prints – many of the images pristine, featuring earthy hues and soft light. It’s a small show but well-worth seeing.  More

Josef Lada – landscape painter and Švejk illustrator

01-11-2011 15:58 | Rosie Johnston

Josef Lada As one art critic once said, the paintings of Josef Lada accompany Czechs from cradle to grave. He is as well known for his illustrations of fairy tales and children’s readers as he is for his landscapes, which each Christmas are printed thousands of times over on the front of the nation’s Christmas cards. Lada was also the artist who gave the grinning, rotund Good Soldier Švejk his form.  More

Sunday Music Show

30-10-2011 02:01 | Peter Smith

Kryštof In this edition of Sunday Music Show, Peter Smith plays hits from chart topping Czech artists including 4Life and Kristof. There is also a chance to hear the vocal talents of Helena Vondrackova's less famous niece, Lucie.  More

Barrandov Studios

29-10-2011 02:01 | Peter Smith

In this month’s show we will be talking a look behind the hallowed grey facade of one of the Czech Republic’s most famous institutions – Barrandov Studios, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.  More

Robert Fulghum’s tango for one in Prague

29-10-2011 02:01 | David Vaughan, Pavel Sladký

Robert Fulghum, photo: Argo publishing The best-selling American writer Robert Fulghum has such an enthusiastic following in the Czech Republic that he has published several of his books here in Czech translation before they have even appeared at home. That includes his latest book, “If You Love Me Still, Will You Love Me Moving?” Its subtitle “Tales from the Century Ballroom” hints at its theme – that most passionate of ballroom dances, tango. Last week Robert Fulghum was in Prague to promote the book, and found time to pay a visit to the radio. David Vaughan met him.  More

Music of the First Republic

28-10-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

The independence of Czechoslovakia, which we celebrate each October 28, was the result of a movement of many decades, and when at least it came, in 1918, after four hard years of war, the joy must have been very palpable. There are so few alive today who can remember that period, but it is certainly not lost to us, and one of the ways we can relive it is through the music of the day.   More

Author Daniela Hodrová and translator Martin Hilský to receive top Czech literary awards

27-10-2011 16:41 | Pavla Horáková

Martin Hilský In a tradition going back to 1920, on the eve of October 28, marking the birth of Czechoslovak independence, the Czech Culture Ministry grants annual State Awards to outstanding Czech authors and translators. This year’s recipients are author and literary scholar Daniela Hodrová and translator and university professor Martin Hilský who recently completed his translation of the entire work by William Shakespeare.  More

Two voices

23-10-2011 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Two voices This week’s Sunday music show is devoted to a refreshing female duo called Two Voices. At first glance they have little in common - Jana Rychterova is a classic chanson singer, who writes her own lyrics and accompanies herself on the guitar while mezzo-soprano Edita Adlerova studied opera. What brought them together is a sense of humour and a natural talent to entertain the crowd.  More

Kolín - more than just a railway junction

22-10-2011 02:01 | Coilin O'Connor

Kolín Surrounded by railway sidings and industrial estates, it's easy to get the impression that Kolín is simply a town travellers pass through on the way from the Czech capital to the nearby tourist-friendly Kutná Hora. Nevertheless, anyone who gets off the train in Kolín and takes the trouble to walk the short distance past the factories and business parks to the city centre will find that it is a place worth visiting.  More

Czech Catholic literature 1918-1945: from utopia to despair

21-10-2011 11:34 | Jan Richter

Opposed, later persecuted – and finally forgotten. That was the fate of many Czech Catholic writers, who stood outside the literary mainstream. In one of Europe’s most atheist nations, the impact of these authors gradually diminished throughout the 20th century although in their heyday, in the interwar period, they managed to convey many original ideas and intriguing artistic expressions.  More

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