A number of hugely important historical moments have been remembered in the Czech Republic this year: the communist takeover of 1948, the Soviet-led invasion of 1968, and the signing of the Munich agreement in 1938. But there is also one anniversary that Czechs can mark with pleasure – the foundation of Czechoslovakia 90 years ago, on October 28th 1918. Among the institutions marking that day is Prague Castle, which has organised several events.
An exhibition of rare photos showing the crushing of the Prague Spring reform movement in 1968 is on display at a gallery in Vienna. The photographs were taken by Austrian photographer Franc Goess who worked for Paris-Match magazine and happened to be in Prague at the time of the Soviet led invasion. He made 100 shots of the groundbreaking event but they were never published, languishing for decades in an archive. Following an April premiere in Prague – to mark the 40th anniversary of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia – the collection is now on show at the Westlicht Gallery in Vienna. It will remain on display until mid-October.
The annual Designblok festival has just got underway at a number of venues in Prague, and this year it’s bigger than ever. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Designblok gives people in the capital a unique opportunity to see up close the cream of furniture, interiors and fashion from the both Czech Republic and elsewhere in the region.
Have you ever wondered what a spider's web made out of neckties would look like? Or perhaps a dilapidated Italian house inside a Czech garage? Well, look no further: the Tina B Contemporary Art Festival has, for the past week, been presenting some rather unusual pieces of art in some extremely unusual Prague venues. Artists from as far afield as Iceland and Japan have been exhibiting works alongside homegrown talent in the capital's Laterna Magika Theatre, Italian Embassy and soon, a rather unexpected final venue. The Tina B Temporary Space is
Adolf Loos was one of the pioneers of European Modern architecture in the early 20th century. A German speaker born in Brno, Loos carried out a lot of his most important projects in Vienna. However, the Czech Republic can also boast buildings by the architect, including the renowned Villa Muller in Prague. Loos’s work in this country is the subject of a new exhibition which has just opened in the Czech capital.
The government has earmarked several million crowns to help the thousands of glassmakers who have found themselves out of work after their companies were forced out of business. Bohemia Crystalex Trading, the country’s largest glass producer, said on Tuesday it was forced to close down two big glassworks in Svetlá and Poděbrady, which together employ 1,800 people. The aid money is to be used for re-qualification and in support of new job opportunities.
The Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, says a project to renovate the Bohemian National Hall in New York has on the whole been a success. Speaking in the city a month ahead of the building’s official opening, Mr Schwarzenberg said, however, that the work could have been done more quickly and more cheaply. The Czech state took control of the building on the Upper East Side in 2001 and since then has invested several hundred million crowns in its complete renovation. The Czech Centre, the Czech general consulate and other Czech bodies will make their homes in the Bohemian National Hall once it opens in mid-October.
A long tradition of Bohemian glass making almost came to an end on Monday when Bohemia Crystalex Trading, the Czech Republic’s largest producer of glass, was left little choice but to consider closing down all of its four plants due to severe financial difficulties. But late Monday evening, the company struck a deal with its creditors, buying time to seek investors who could save the glassworks from going under. The deal has come at a price: two of its facilities will still close down.
I’m standing in the exhibition hall of the Czech Senate and in front of me is an official copy of the Munich Agreement, the notorious 1938 document that ceded the Sudeten territories in Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany. It is a four page document that is written in German, with a series of numbered points on it. At the bottom of the document are the clearly visible signatures of Adolf Hitler, Neville Chamberlain and Benito Mussolini and French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier. But this act of appeasement didn’t work and ended up leading to the Second
This Tuesday marks exactly 70 years since the signing of the Munich agreement, under which Czechoslovakia’s German-speaking territories were sliced off and handed to Hitler. The document was signed on September 30, 1938 by Britain, Germany, Italy and France. Just a week ago, Germany unexpectedly agreed to loan the original version of the document to the Czech Republic. It will go on display at Prague’s National Museum as part of a large exhibition commemorating 90 years since the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Ruth Fraňková spoke with the museum’s
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