A picture by famous Czech 20th century photographer František Drtikol was sold at an auction at Prague's Mánes on Sunday for 1.85 million crowns (approximately 74,000 US dollars). The sale makes Drtikol's "The Bow" the most expensive photography ever to be sold at a Czech auction. The starting price of the picture was 500,000 crowns. A Portrait of Marguerite Neveux by Josef Šíma also went under the hammer on Sunday. The Ministry of Culture bought it for the National Gallery for 4.45 million crowns.
Czech writer Jan Němec is among 13 young European authors who have won the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature. Němec was recognized for his unusual debut novel about the renowned Czech photographer František Drtikol. Entitled A History of Light, the novel captures Drtikol’s complex personality, and follows his path from photography to eastern spirituality and Buddhism.
Christie’s auction house in New York sold works by famous 20th century Czech photographers Josef Sudek and Jaroslav Rössler for a total of 143,750 dollars, or 2.9 million crowns. Photographs by two other Czech greats František Drtikol and Jaromír Funk were not auctioned off. The works by the four artists were part of a larger private collection. František Drtikol nonetheless remains the top-selling Czech photographer abroad, with his photograph A Snow Wave having been sold for 312 thousand dollars six years ago in New York.
Sunday is the 130th anniversary of the birth of the internationally renowned Czech photographer František Drtikol. Drtikol, who studied in Munich, is known for his portraits, frequently of important people, and nudes, with his use of geometric decorations and shadows in composite portraits of nudes reflecting avant-garde trends in the interwar period. While interested in esoteric philosophy, he was also an active member of the Communist Party in the latter years of his life.
Photographer František Drtikol’s most famous photograph The Wave which was stolen from the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is back in its place, the CTK news agency reported on Wednesday. The photograph was returned by the police and its authenticity has been verified. The unknown thief reportedly tried to sell the work of art in California where the owner of a gallery noticed that it was on the international list of stolen art.
A rare photograph was stolen from Prague’s Museum of Industrial Art at the weekend by an unknown thief. The photograph, and black-and-white nude called Wave by internationally renowned photographer František Drtikol, was found missing from a permanent exhibition on Monday morning. The museum says that the photograph has been assessed for insurance purposes at 1.2 million crowns, but that its artistic value was incalculable. František Drtikol’s work sells at auction for more than that of any other Czech photographer.
Prague’s Dejvické Theatre received the annual Aflréd Radok Award for
best Czech ensemble of 2010 at a ceremony in Prague on Saturday, for the
fourth time in a row. The theatre’s staging of Man without a Past by the
Finnish author Aki Kaurismaki got the award for the performance of the
year, while the lead actor in the play, David Novotný, was given the
Alfréd Radok award for best actor. Petr Zelenka’s play Očistění, or
Vindication, which premiered at the South Bohemian Theatre in České
Budějovice, won the award for best Czech play.
Police arrest man over ammo theft
The police have arrested a civilian employee of the south Moravian police’ special response unit who allegedly stole and sold tens of thousands of ammunition rounds, a police spokeswoman said on Saturday. The man, who was arrested during a sale of part of the stole ammo, has been under investigation for several months. The spokeswoman said he was facing two years in prison.
The play Man without a Past by the Finnish author Aki Kaurismaki, staged at Prague’s Dejvické divadlo, was voted the best theatre performance of 2010 in a poll by the Czech trade newspaper, Divadelní noviny. US director Robert Wilson’s staging of Karel Čapek’s play The Makropulos Affair at the National Theatre came second, while the performance of the play Offending the Audience by the Austrian playwright Peter Handke at Prague’s Divadlo Komedie came third. Organizers said theatres in large cities ranked high in this year’s poll, as ensembles in smaller cities and towns seemed to have relied on a classic repertoire.
For years now one of the most impressive publishing houses in the Czech Republic has been Joachim Dvorak's Labyrint, focusing on serious prose and poetry as well as the arts, even offering a number of illustrated children's books. Joachim Dvorak has been in love with books all his life and today publishes a number of prominent Czech authors that include Lenka Reinerova, Jaroslav Rudis, and New York-based children's author / illustrator Peter Sis. It was at a book launch of Sis' in Prague last December that I first met Dvorak and saw him promoting
Many Radio Prague listeners will already be familiar with the work of Czech-born illustrator Peter Sis, the author of acclaimed children's books that include "The Three Golden Keys" and "The Tree of Life". Last week, Peter Sis was in Prague, this time to launch the Czech edition of "Tibet - Through the Red Box" - based on his father's experiences in 1950s Tibet.