Monday night will see the opening of Prague Photo Fair. Until the end of the week, the Mánes Exhibition Hall will present a wide range of photographers, galleries and art schools from Central Europe. For the first time this year, the Prague Photo Fair is part of a larger event – the Prague Photo Festival - that will be held simultaneously at twelve venues in Prague. Tomáš Hájek is the event coordinator:
Several of Josef Koudelka’s 1968 photos are being shown at the Mánes gallery, by the River Vltava, in a new exhibition entitled 1945 – Liberation, 1968 – Occupation. Two rooms of iconic black and white photographs show two very different sets of images: the Red Army greeted with smiles and flowers in May 1945, and Russian soldiers berated by angry crowds in August 1968. So how do the people looking at these images feel about today's Russia, especially in the light of the current situation in Georgia?
Last week one of the Czech Republic’s most important artists, Milan Knizak - sculptor, painter, poet, head of the National Gallery and outspoken pedagogue - opened a new solo show (Recent Work) at Prague’s Manes Exhibition Hall. Dominant themes include Knizak’s take on the crucifixion as well as the Madonna with child, painted with a fresh, even punk sensibility and signature irreverence. Paintings include slogans, which some reviewers have called “urgent”, others “stinging”: slogans such as “I hate progress” or “I hate nature”, some in English,
On Monday, the fourteenth annual Antiques Trade Fair came to a close in Prague. Some sixty dealers from all over the country offered everything from 19th and 20th century art to silverware and porcelain. Besides collectors and traditional buyers, the fair also attracted hundreds of people on the look-out for unique Christmas presents or antiques to decorate their homes. Dita Asiedu reports:
A little under sixty exhibitors spent the weekend at Prague's Manes exhibition hall to offer their antiques at the 13th Antique Trade Fair, which opened to the public on Thursday and closed on Monday, organised by the Czech Association of Antique Dealers. A committee evaluated the goods at the start of the fair and concluded that this year's quality was very high. With around 1,000 visitors a day, there was also very large public interest. The goods on show range from paintings, to furniture, to jewellery, glass and porcelain, mostly of Czech or