Those who have never been to America get their image of the continent from TV, movies, books and other media. It seems that this much has not changed since the New World was discovered and the first news from the continent reached Europe. The National Gallery in Prague has launched an exhibition called “Amerika k sežrání”, or “Savouring America” which presents the New World through 16th to 19th century European prints.
Over the centuries, Prague has hosted many outstanding scientists from across Europe – among them the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler. Kepler spent a full twelve years of his life in the Bohemian capital at the beginning of the 17th century and it was here that he carried out some of the most important observations. This week a new museum opens to the public in Prague in the actual house where the astronomer lived 400 years ago.
The former Czechoslovak Federal Assembly building opened its doors to the public for the first time this Saturday. After the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, the building, which sits at the top of Prague’s Wenceslas Square, was handed symbolically to US broadcaster Radio Free Europe. In June, after years of broadcasting from this location, Radio Free Europe handed the keys over to the Czech National Museum. On Saturday at 10:00 CET the building opened its doors to the public for the first time. The National Museum organized a series of guided tours for visitors focusing on the building’s history. Such guided trips around the building will now be available seven days a week. A tour of the old Parliament building costs 80 crowns (4.4 USD).
This Saturday, the National Museum in Prague will open its newest building to the public, the former Prague bourse, former building of the Federal Parliament, and until only recently, the headquarters for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Located across from the neo-Renaissance National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square, the neighboring glass-and-steel building will house new exhibits starting this autumn.
“Path of Life” is the name of a new exhibition by the Jewish Museum in Prague marking 400 years since the death of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, a 16th century scholar and teacher, the Chief Rabbi of Bohemia. Today, most Czechs remember him not only for being a wise man and a learned scholar, but primarily for being the legendary creator of the Golem, a mythical deed that earned him the status of a national hero.
A TV commercial for a contemporary history exhibition at the National
Museum in Prague won the bronze Film Lion at the annual Cannes Lions
International Advertising Festival in France on Saturday. The clip,
entitled Munich, was made by the Prague-based EURO RSCG agency. It shows an
elderly woman polishing showcases with exhibits, using a glass cleaning
spray. When she gets to the showcase holding the Munich Agreement, she
spits on it instead. Experts say the award is the biggest success for Czech
advertising in the last five years.
The Munich Agreements, signed in September 1938 by leaders of Nazi Germany, Italy, France, and the UK, forced Czechoslovakia into ceding parts of its territory to the Third Reich.
Part of a large art collection that once belonged to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler is dispersed in several Czech museums – often without their curators being aware of it. That’s what researcher Jiří Kuchař discovered after three years of investigation. Following last week’s TV report on the case, a gallery in south Bohemia even removed three statues from public display, citing security reasons.
Nearly 180,000 people took advantage of what is called a “museum night” in Prague on Saturday, when 28 institutions in the Czech capital opened their doors from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission was either free or for a token price. The “museum night” tradition was begun by the National Museum in 2004. Prague is far from the only place to have take part: over five evenings 168 institutions were opened to the public in 113 cities and towns.
An interactive exhibition which is to open at the Jewish Museum in Prague on Thursday promises visitors a chance to revive a centuries’ old legend. A sculpture by the famous Czech artist Petr Nikl invites people to try to figure out the right symbol or word which would breathe life into the famous Prague Golem – a legendary giant allegedly created by the 16th century rabbi Loew.
The U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty on Monday formally handed over the keys of its former headquarters at the top end of Wenceslas Square to the building’s new tenant, the National Museum. The museum, located just across the street and in desperate need of new premises, has big plans for the imposing glass and chrome building. It will house over 3,000 square meters of exhibition rooms, a museum restaurant and shop, and a conference and multimedia room for an audience of nearly 500. The museum is planning to throw its doors open to the public on the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in November. Radio Free Europe has moved to new headquarters on the suburbs of the city for security reasons.
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