Millions of people have admired it at the Uffizi Art Gallery in Florence. Now, Rembrandt's painting of an old man has acquired a new significance for Czechs. According to Ernst van de Wetering, a Dutch art specialist, the anonymous old man in the painting is almost certainly one of the most prominent figures in Czech history - the teacher of nations Jan Amos Comenius.
As the 'Charles IV: Emperor by the Grace of God' exhibition continues in Prague Castle, visitors to the city are already able to gain an impression of art and culture during the reign of Charles IV, one of the golden ages of Czech history. But what was everyday life in Prague really like under one of the most famous Czech emperors? This is a question which a new exhibition, accompanying the display of gothic works in Prague Castle, intends to answer.
A rather unusual exhibition opened in Prague's Adria Palace on Friday - a collection of film posters representing decades of Bengali cinema. Unlike the commercial song and dance extravaganzas of Bollywood, Bengali cinema is known for its bold experimentation, and the Bengali film industry is one of the oldest in India. Its most famous proponent is the director Satyajit Ray, whose 1955 classic The Song of the Road was the first Indian film to enter the international arena of art cinema. At the official launch Radio Prague spoke to the exhibition's
It is always a challenge finding a suitable birthday present for someone, at least when that person is a multi billionaire head of state, but this is something with which Czech craftsmen have had to deal this year. As Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II approaches her 80th birthday, a leading Czech glassworks has begun work on a unique birthday gift on behalf of the Czech people.
The Czech Republic's Design Centrum - located in Brno as well as Prague - has long promoted excellence in Czech design, issuing awards recognising new talent and running a number of programmes helping new designers break into the business. Along with those activities, the centre also regularly exhibits both professional as well as student work. A show now on at the centre highlights work by university students from the Fine Arts Academy in Bratislava in neighbouring Slovakia.
Vaclav Kral was one of the Czech Republic's most prolific automobile designers, a veritable legend in his field. Last year, when he died unexpectedly at the age of just 69, it understandably came as a shock to his loved ones and friends, but even caught countless fans who never knew him, off guard. He had been working on a new project - Autodesign & Styling magazine, as well as a planned exhibition of some of his best work in the town of Roztoky near Prague, where he lived for many years. The exhibit was meant to mark his 70th birthday and his lifelong
The Czech Republic's art and antique auction houses certainly have a season to look forward to if this year's opening auction at the Dorotheum auction house in Prague is anything to go by. Three records were broken on Saturday. Items valued at 14 million crowns (a little over half a million US dollars) were sold for 22 million (around 900,000 US dollars), the best turnover that the country's established houses have ever witnessed.
This week we are joined by Igor Malijevsky, who is a poet and author, photographer and performer. It is very common for Czech writers to write in a number of genres. Often poets will write essays and short stories, but Igor has an unusually wide range of activities, and photography in particular is a central part of his life. So how do all these activities fit in with one another?
The City Gallery Prague's House at the Golden Ring, is currently featuring the works of thirteen British artists at an exhibition called: "Supernova, geometric abstraction reconsidered". The exhibition, which was prepared in cooperation with the British Council and runs until April 30th, shows how contemporary art develops through time. Hence the name Supernova, which (in very simple terms) is a star that explodes and produces so much energy that it can lead to the creation of new stars.
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