Countless statues of Tomáš Garrique Masaryk, the founding father of Czechoslovakia and the country’s first president, were erected in town squares in the first two decades of the new democracy. Scores were torn down under the German occupation, melted down in Third Reich forges to make bullets and artillery shells. But the fate of a handful of others remains a mystery.
Members of the Association for the Renewal of the Marian Column gathered on
Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday, collecting signatures in support of
rebuilding the structure that stood there until 1918.
On Saturday, sculptor Petr Váňa again attempted to start rebuilding the column, placing part of a balustrade in its original location. His first attempt was thwarted by the police on grounds that he did not have the required permit to close off part of the square. Mr. Váňa claims that he has planning permission for the column.
The original Marian column, built in 1650, was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by an angry mob shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded.
For more than 250 years, a large Marian column stood on Prague’s Old Town Square. In 1918, it was torn down by an angry mob which saw it as a symbol of Austrian rule. Now, more than 100 years later, sculptor Petr Váňa is attempting to put up a copy of the Baroque structure at its original location. However, the Prague authorities are against it.
Sculptor Petr Váňa on Wednesday attempted to start rebuilding a Marian
column that stood on Prague’s Old Town Square until 1918. Mr. Váňa said
that he had planning permission for the column. However, he did not have
the required permit to close off the part of the square in question and was
stopped by the police after having removed seven square metres of
cobblestones to make way for the new structure.
The original Marian column was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by protestors shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded.
An event at the Strahov Monastery took place on Tuesday to celebrate the statue of the Virgin Mary in Exile, which was placed in its garden exactly 25 years ago. The statue, which previously stood in the Czech Benedictine College in Lisle, near Chicago, was commissioned by Czechoslovak expats in the US in the 1950s and became a symbolical connection to their homeland.
High rise workers have started reattaching artist David Černý’s black
babies onto the Žižkov transmitter in Prague.
The ten babies which were installed in 2001 and had become one of Prague’s tourist attractions, were removed for maintenance in 2017.
Czech Radio Communications, which owns the transmitter, had ten new copies made, which will remain a permanent feature of the transmitter.
The original babies are now on an exhibition tour in the United States.
All ten babies should be installed by April 9th.
A sculptor tasked with reconstructing the communist era pylon in front of the National Museum’s New Building has discovered old documents which show the monument’s author, Czech architect Karel Prager, dedicated it to Jan Palach, who set himself alight and died in 1969, in protest of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The museum is now considering restoring the original memorial.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, the town of Kostelec nad Orlicí took up a public collection to erect a new statue of the country’s founder and first president, Tomáš Garrique Masaryk. But it won’t be a faithful replica of the original – removed by the Nazis and later melted down by the Communists.
For the third year now, the Moravian capital Brno is hosting an international event that brings together representatives of various nationalities, cultures and faiths. The festival titled Meeting Brno features discussions, exhibitions, concerts, walks, screenings and much more, in an effort to prove that the city whose multicultural history was severed by the horrors and aftermaths of WWII is embracing its past and looking forward into the future.
Within this year’s Meeting Brno festival people will be invited to vote
on which woman from Czech history would most deserve to have a statue
erected in her memory in the Brno metropolis.
The festival organizers want to draw attention to the fact that the vast majority of statues in town honour male politicians, scientists or writers. On the list of female candidates are Queen Eliška Rejčka, who founded a hospital in Brno, Franciscan nun Maria Restituta, who was executed by the Nazis or one of the most popular Czech female composers Vítězslava Kaprálová.
Meeting Brno takes place every year in late May and offers a platform for people of different views, cultures and religions to meet and address various isues. The festival include public readings, theater and music performances, visual arts and discussion forums.