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.
You could be forgiven for mistaking the CyberDog Technology and Information Centre on the outskirts of Prague for a “wine bar”, the futuristic two-storey structure housing it for a “building”, and the resident bartender named “Kuka” for a hermaphrodite robot. Such is the nature of the first project to be realised by the Black N' Arch studio, co-founded by conceptual artist and sculptor David Černý.
Prague’s Pink Tank, a symbol of the fall of communism in the country, has been installed at Komenský’s Square in Brno, as part of an exhibition organised by the Moravian Gallery. 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 Thursday, the pink tank was put on display in Brno to be featured in an exhibition called Tribes 90, curated by Artist Vladimir 518.
Renowned Czech artist David Černý has presented his new artwork, “Zátopek’s legs”, which will go on display at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The mechanical sculpture features the lower torso of the legendary athlete Emil Zátopek dressed in shorts. A hundred pairs of “moving legs” will be installed on walls and houses across the Brazilian city during the Olympics. Four years ago, Černý presented another of his works, a converted red double-decker doing push-ups, at the London Olympics. The object is now on display in Prague’s Quadrio shopping centre.
A newly opened office and shopping complex above Národní třída metro station in Prague has been fitted with artworks by the well-known Czech sculptors David Černý and Maxim Velčovský. A small “square” by the Quadrio building is now adorned by a 39-tonne moving statue of Franz Kafka produced by Černý at a cost of CZK 30 million. Velčovský has created a large glass piece for the foyer of the complex which occupies a previously open space in the downtown area.
Sculptor David Černý must pay a former director of the Czech National Gallery, Milan Knížák, CZK 100,000 in damages for defaming him in a Czech Television interview. The Prague Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal lodged by Mr. Černý, upholding a previous decision it made. The artist also has to pay Mr. Knížák’s court costs. Mr. Černý used abusive language to describe the then National Gallery head in an interview for a 2011 documentary on an award for young artists. Mr. Černý caused controversy with a sculpture for the 2009 Czech presidency of the EU that was considered offensive by some member states.
A statue of a giant hand with a raised middle finger was put up on the Vltava river on Monday morning between the Charles bridge and the Legií bridge. The 10-meter tall purple colored statue is the work of the well-known contemporary Czech artist and sculptor David Černý. The gesture suggested by the sculpture is directed towards the side of the river where the Prague Castle is located. Mr. Černý told the news server iDnes in a text message that his work is meant as a message to President Miloš Zeman. The president, who is on state visit to Ukraine, said he has not seen the sculpture and thus cannot comment on the matter.
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.