Cross the Line is the title of a new exhibition of Czech and Slovak contemporary glass design that runs from Sunday in the Czech House Jerusalem. The exhibition is a joint project organized in cooperation with the Czech Centre Tel Aviv and the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou. I asked the head of Czech Centre in Tel-Aviv, Robert Mikoláš, to tell me more about the exhibition:
Dining is one of the most important manifestations of material culture. At state dinners the quality of the porcelain and glass used represents a given state. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, we have prepared a photo gallery, documenting the porcelain and glass dining sets used by Czechoslovak and later Czech presidents. They did not necessarily change with every administration, changes in the porcelain, glass and silverware used were usually related to a change of state symbols. So how was the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is known for its skilled glassmakers, getting commissions for lighting installations and glass artworks from palaces, luxury hotels and residences the world over. However this year the studio of Czech glassmaker Zdeněk Lhotský concluded work on a truly unique project – a four-tonne glass case that will serve as a sarcophagus for Denmark’s Queen Margarethe II.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met with Japan’s crown prince Naruhito on Wednesday as part of his official visit to Japan which continues until Friday. The heir apparent, expected to take over from his father Emperor Akihito who is 83 and in worsening health, visited Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. The Czech prime minister said after the meeting that the future emperor had a strong knowledge and a continuing interest in Czech culture and had discussed changes the Czech Republic had undergone since his visit. The prime minister added that there was a good chance the crown prince would visit the Czech Republic in the future.
The Czech Republic and Japan have signed a deal allowing for a working holiday visa programme. Under the agreement, the two states’ citizens aged 18 to 30 can work in the other country for one year without a permit. It was signed by Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and his Czech counterpart, Bohuslav Sobotka, on the first day of the latter’s four-day visit to Japan on Tuesday. Mr. Sobotka’s stay is set to also include a Czech-Japanese business forum and a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. He is the first Czech head of government to visit Japan since 2005.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is set to meet his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, during a five-day visit to Japan at the end of June, the Czech news Agency reported. Mr. Sobotka will also meet the speaker of the lower house of the Japanese Parliament, Tamadori Oshima, and Crown Prince Naruhito. He will be accompanied by a delegation that includes other members of the Czech cabinet and business people on a trip marking the 60th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two states.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has announced his intention to visit Japan in the near future. Sobotka should head a large Czech business delegation. Special emphasis will be put on firms which have a high potential update of use of robot or automation technology, for example, precise engineering work and the production of power company equipment. The last visit by a Czech prime minister to Japan was in 2005 when the delegation was led by Jiří Paroubek.
160 years ago Ludwig Moser opened a glass-workshop and store in the West Bohemian town of Karlovy Vary. Today the Moser Glassworks is a world leader in glass making, selling its products around the globe and getting commissions for special pieces for royal palaces and five-star hotels. It is celebrating its 160th anniversary with a grand exhibition at Prague’s Municipal House.
The 160th anniversary of the establishment of the Moser crystal company is being celebrated at an exhibition that has just opened at Prague’s Municipal House. The show features glass items produced throughout the existence of the Karlovy Vary-based luxury goods maker. Moser today has around 320 employees and is sold at high-end outlets throughout the world. Entitled The Story of Moser Crystal, the exhibition runs until March 22.
The history of Nový Bor in North Bohemia- is indelibly linked with the art of glass-making. The tradition of glass making in the region goes back more than seven hundred years. Thanks to abundant stocks of wood –used as both fuel and raw material -and crushed quartz used in the melting of glass, the region provided ideal conditions for the craft. Glassworks in different areas date back to medieval times and have been traced due to various archaeological finds –such as small pieces of melted glass and fragments of moulds -in places where old glassworks