The early 20th century naïve painter and sketch artist Robert Guttmann, in whose honour the exhibition gallery of the Jewish Museum in Prague is named, was famous in his day. Mainly due to his striking appearance, eccentric manner and extensive travels – often on foot – in promotion of the nascent Zionist movement. A fixture in Prague cafés and bars, where he sold his art for pocket change, “the Professor”, as he was known, was among the most photographed and caricatured personalities in Czechoslovakia. Yet few know his story today.
Toyen’s oil-on-canvas Black Paradise from 1925 sold to an anonymous
bidder for 31.6 million crowns in an auction at the Kodl art gallery in
Prague on Sunday. The starting price was 18 million crowns.
It is the second highest sum paid for a Toyen painting after the author’s Twilight in Rainforest which sold for 36 million two years ago. Other works auctioned off included Antonín Procházka‘s Tray, Josef Čapek’s Red Motorcycle and Mikuláš Medek’s Thirsty Angel.
The University of Pardubice on Tuesday opens an exhibition of photos taken
of Olga Havlová, the first post-communist first lady of Czechoslovakia.
The exhibition, which runs until January 6, is part of a series of events marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, is dedicated to her charitable work.
It includes works taken by well-known Czech photographers such as Ondřej Němec, Bohdan Holomíček, Přemysl Fialka, Gabriela Čapková and Zdeněk Chrapek.
Olga Havlová founded the Committee of Good Will, one of the first charities established in democratic Czechoslovakia, in 1990 along with fellow Charter 77 signatories. She died of cancer in January 1996.
This year’s edition of Czech Press Photo was won by Lukáš Bíba for an
image of a Czech flag flying above a June demonstration at Prague’s
Letná Plain against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The jury said the
photograph was a symbol of the complicated political and social situation
in the country, with part of society taking part in passionate protests at
the same time as Mr. Babiš’s ANO party maintained a lead in opinion
The Czech Press Photo competition was held for the 25th time this year. Some photographers refused to take part in the latest edition, saying the contest’s standards had fallen.
Prague’s Lennon Wall has a new face and will newly serve as an open-air gallery. The famous tourist attraction, which before the Velvet Revolution served as a symbolic location of unofficial anti-communist protest, underwent a month-long revamp after being vandalised with vulgar graffiti. Prague authorities vowed to officially designate the Lennon Wall as a memorial site. Its new look was unveiled to the public on Thursday afternoon.
A painting by František Kupka, a pioneer of the abstraction movement and
master of symbolism, sold at auction in Prague on Saturday for 16 million
crowns, Miloš Svoboda of the European Arts auction told the Czech News
The 1907 oil on canvas, called Pískaři na Seině (Sand Workers on the Seine), complete with the auction house’s fee will cost the new owner a total of nearly 20 million crowns.
Kupka's paintings have been one of the most expensive to be auctioned in Prague for several years now.
If asked to picture Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in your mind’s eye, odds are you will conjure up one of two images of the Austrian composer – both of which have Czech rather artistic roots, albeit centuries apart. If not the lead actor from Miloš Forman’s Oscar-winning film Amadeus, the image in your head is likely a posthumous portrait by Jihlava native Barbara Krafft.
An exhibition currently underway at the Czech Centre London and in the Library of Birmingham celebrates a centenary of Czech discoveries and inventions and the emerging generation of scientists and innovators. The interactive show, called Czech Innovation Expo, was prepared by the Czech Centres network together with the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Ondřej Sekora is perhaps best-known as the author of the beloved cartoon character Ferda Mravenec or Ferdy the Ant. But Sekora was more than just an illustrator and comics author. He was also a journalist, an amateur entomologist, and one of the first propagators of rugby in Czechoslovakia. The Moravian Museum in Brno will mark 120 years since Ondřej Sekora’s birth with an exhibition and a new monography.
Archaeologists unearth seven graves dating back to Great Moravian Empire
Czech biochemist involved in developing potential coronavirus treatment
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