An exhibition marking 200 years of portraiture in the Czech lands gets underway at Prague Castle today. The curators have brought together exquisite works by the nation’s most celebrated painters, covering all major genres and movements up to the present day. I went along for a special tour ahead of the official opening.
A Prague district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former of
Prague National Gallery head Jiří Fajt over his dismissal from the
Fajt claimed his eventual successor, Ivan Morávek, had no power to sack him when he was the nominal interim director.
Morávek had been chosen to lead the Prague National Gallery by the outgoing Minister of Culture, Antonín Staněk (Social Democrats).
His sacking of Fajt, as well as then Olomouc Museum of Art head Michal Soukup, was viewed by critics as politically motivated.
A new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London brings together fifteen diverse cars to explore how the automobile accelerated the pace of change over the past century and the impact it had on the broader world, from visual culture to climate change. One of the cars selected for the show is the legendary Tatra 77, designed in Czechoslovakia in 1934. I spoke to Brendan Cormier, one of the exhibition’s curators, to find out more about the exhibition, which will run until April 2020:
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.
Archaeologists unearth seven graves dating back to Great Moravian Empire
Czech biochemist involved in developing potential coronavirus treatment
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