The Prague court of appeals has ordered artist David Černý to pay the former head of the National Gallery Milan Knižák 100,000 crowns for insulting him in a Czech TV documentary. Czech Public Television has been ordered to pay the same amount for airing the program. Both the artist and Czech Television have already apologized for the incident. Relations between the two artists have been strained for years.
The Prague Na zábradlí theatre will unveil a memorial plaque to the late former Czech Presiden Václav Havel, who was also a frequent collaborator. In the 1960’s Mr Havel worked in the theatre, as a member of the stage crew, actor, head of the drama department and playwright. The bronze plaque, which should be unveiled on December 18, was created based on the design by the “bad boy” of the Czech art scene David Černý. Mr Černý told the press that it is a classic memorial plaque and that it will be funny, but respectable. The theatre has been trying to gather the necessary funds to produce the plaque.
The London Booster, a 1957 red double-decker bus fitted with giant hydraulic arms, which attracted crowds doing push-ups in front of the Czech Olympic House in Islington has arrived on Prague’s Old Town Square. The work of Czech artist David Cerny is to be part of a weekend happening celebrating the country’s Olympic achievements. After that it will be dismantled and reassembled on the premises of Agrofert Holding the firm which bought the Olympic artefact. The public will be able to view it again on the firm’s premises in late October.
Thousands of people – Czechs and Londoners alike – have come to the Czech House in London since the start of the London Olympics. Inaugurated on Friday by President Václav Klaus, the venue offers Czech music, art, food, beer and other attractions as well as a chance to chat to some of the athletes competing in the games.
President Václav Klaus has opened the Czech House in London’s Islington neighbourhood, which will serve as the country’s public hub for the Olympic Games. The large hall has space for 5,000 people and will be a meeting place for athletes and fans, sponsors and journalists. Concerts will also be held there, as will ceremonies for victorious Czech athletes. Czech Television has an open studio in the house, from which it will be broadcasting throughout the Olympics. A mechanical statue of a double-decker bus doing push-ups, the work of Czech artist David Černý, has reportedly drawn large numbers of passerby into the building.
With just a day remaining to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Czech House is getting ready to receive its first visitors. Located in the trendy area of Islington, the Czech House will offer a series of programmes including concerts, exhibits and film screenings, as well as opportunities to meet some of the Czech athletes competing in the Games. But even before the Games began, the venue is already drawing crowds of people who come to see one of the most original artifacts dedicated to the 2012 Olympics – a red double-decker bus
A new work by renowned Czech artist David Černý has gone on display at the Czech House in Islington, London to coincide with the Olympic Games. Entitled ‘London Booster’, the work features a converted red double-decker... doing push-ups! The six-tonne mechanical sculpture even audibly grunts and groans as it lifts itself off the ground, making it a perfect draw for the upcoming Olympics.
Organisers have unveiled plans for the Czech Olympic House in the area of Islington in London which will serve as a hub for thousands of visitors including, of course, sports fans during the upcoming summer Olympics. But the aim of the venue will not only be to meet Czech and other competitors (for example Usain Bolt) but also to present the Czech Republic in a modern light. The overall design was inspired by a famous abstract work by painter František Kupka, and the space itself will show works by contemporary Czech artists including David Černý,
Prague’s Pink Tank, a symbol of the fall of communism in the country, returned to the capital on Monday to be featured in The Week of Freedom, an event marking the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the withdrawal of Soviet troops from former Czechoslovakia. The tank, originally a monument to Soviet tank crews who liberated the city in 1945, was painted pink by the artist David Černý in 1991, and soon thereafter taken to a military museum outside Prague. On Monday, the pink tank will be installed on a pontoon on the Vltava where it will remain until July 1.
Entropa, a controversial sculpture by well-known Czech artist David Černý that caused a scandal in Brussels in 2009, has found a permanent home in Plzeň. A museum known as Techmania acquired the artwork and held its opening ceremony on Monday; the work was bought for a reported 10.2 million crowns. According to the museum’s director, Vlastimil Volák, the artwork and other installations on site will be used to fuel discussion on European issues. Back in 2008, the artwork, then unspecified, was commissioned by Mirek Topolánek’s centre-right government to officially represent the Czech Republic during its EU presidency. After its unveiling it caused a scandal in the manner it depicted national stereotypes within the 27-member union, representing Bulgaria, for example, as a Turkish squat toilet.