Breathless is the title of a presentation of Czech glass that runs from this Saturday as part of the prestigious London Design Festival. Located in a former garage in the Brompton Design District near the Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibition is a joint project of the award-winning Dechem studio, the OKOLO design collective and London’s Czech Centre. As last minute preparations were made, OKOLO’s Adam Štěch filled me in on what the show has to offer.
An exhibition of the works by the Henri Rousseau gets underway on Thursday at the National Gallery’s Kinský Palace in Prague. The iconic works of the famous French painter, including his most famous self-portrait, are displayed face to face with the paintings of other great artists such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Emil Filla, and Josef Šíma. The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and it is the first time Rousseau’s works are presented in the Czech Republic.
Czech painter and graphic artist Jiří Anderle is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Prague’s Obecní Dům at which 80 of his works of art will be presented. Anderle celebrates his 80th birthday on September 14. The artist has been the subject of many exhibitions both at home and internationally.
Researchers say they are delighted by the initial results of a scan of one of the Czech Republic’s archaeological treasures, the ceramic statuette of a naked woman known as the Venus of Dolní Věstonice. The scan produced around 8 gigabytes of data and analysis of the first findings shows significant impurities in the composition of the fired clay in the head and legs, the Moravian Museum’s Petr Neruda said in a press conference on Friday. The reasons for this are not yet known. Analysis of the findings of the scan should continue until the end of the year when the first definitive results should be available. The statue is reckoned to be up to 29,000 years old. It was found during excavations in 1925but its significance was only slowly appreciated.
An exhibition of caricatures of Václav Havel opened at Prague’s Malostranská Beseda on Tuesday evening to mark the 80th anniversary of the late Czech president’s birth. The exhibition, called “World Draws Havel”, includes some eighty portraits by caricaturists from 30 countries. It will be on display throughout September.
Cartoons of former Czech president, dissident and playwright Vaclav Havel by authors from around the world are displayed at an exhibition currently on show in Prague's Malostranská beseda. The exhibition, entitled, the World Draws Havel, was organized by the Czech Cartoonists' Union. Of the 80 cartoons on display around 50 are by Czech authors.
In this week’s Arts, our guest is up-and-coming Czech artist Jindřich Janíček, recent graduate of UPMRUM (Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design), co-founder of the small independent publishing house Take Take Take, and co-author of K večeru spustil se déšť (The Rain Started at Dusk). The book, which Janíček illustrated, is based on diaries kept by his great-grandfather Štepán Zadražil, who served in the Austrian army in WWI and deserted in Russia.
Snail poo paper, glowing fibre or fabrics made of metal: these are just some of the hundreds of material samples that can be found in the Library of Materials, located at Prague’s district of Břevnov. The aim of MatériO is to serve as an inspiration for students, designers and other creative professions. They can either search its online database or come to the library to be able to touch the samples stacked on its shelves.
A bust of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria was unveiled in the East Bohemian village of Pohleď on Saturday. It is the first time a Czech municipality has erected a memorial to the ruler in a century, the news website iDnes.cz reported. The monument, which was initiated by the Society for the Revival of the Czech Monarchy, is near a tree that was planted by local people in 1908 on the 60th anniversary of Franz Joseph I’s coronation.
Pavel Fuksa is a highly respected graphic designer and creative director who this week, together with City Hall, unveiled new posters addressing various changes in the capital, including the sidewalk ban on Segways. Fuksa has worked everywhere from Japan to the Middle East and in 2012 he was included on a list of the 20 Best Young Graphic Designers by Computer Arts. He has also done work for the Obama administration, as you’ll find out.