“What exactly happened?” is the key question or starting point for a fascinating new exhibition which opened on Thursday at the Galerie Rudolfinum. Entitled Mutating Medium, the show focuses on changes in Czech photographic art over the last 20 years, as artists working in the medium shifted from traditional methods to new ways of seeing and treating the image, blurring at the edges with other forms, other media. The exhibition follows on the massive success of Decadence Now! with 150 dynamic and unusual works should prove just as stimulating.
In today’s Spotlight we take a trip to a hidden gem of a museum in a Prague suburb which traces the often surprising history of coffee. The private Coffee Museum Alchymista takes you through coffee’s history, cultivation, production and industry covering the many different strains and its progress from a devilish concoction to everyday drink.
An archaeological expedition organised by the National Museum has made remarkable finds in the area of Wad ban Naqa – ruins dating back to the Kingdom of Meroe in today’s Sudan. The Náprstek Museum is currently holding talks on the expedition’s progress after the first two seasons, including research at a temple dedicated to Nubian lion gods. They have also been studying a circular structure whose origins have remained a mystery since it was first excavated in the 1950s.
Authorities in the northern town of Litoměřice are to launch talks to map out plans to convert a WWII Nazi underground factory into a museum and remembrance site, according to the news server IDnes. Around 30 kilometres of corridors and production halls were built by the Nazis on the outskirts of the town towards the end of WWII as Allied bombardments intensified. Parts for tanks and aircraft were produced at the Czech underground factory, Richard, where around 4,500 prisoners died during forced labour. The project to restore at least part of the site has the backing of the local council but it estimates costs will run into millions of crowns.
A lesser known quarter of Prague, somewhat off the tourist beaten track is under the spotlight at Prague’s main municipal museum. The area is Libeň which was transformed from a downriver district of fields, farms and vineyards by the industrial revolution and largely made over again from the middle of the 20th century.
The National Technical Museum in Prague is to re-open to the public on February 15, after a four-year reconstruction. The museum has been through a stormy year in which it saw the appointment of three successive directors following the sacking of Horymír Kubíček, who was dismissed over improper management of state funds. The institution’s present director Karel Ksandr said on Tuesday that the institution was in good order and would be ready to serve the public again within a matter of weeks.
A unique show on at Prague’s Mánes Gallery is continuing to attract visitors like no other, the latest collaboration between respected artist and performer Petr Nikl and dozens of contributing artists from around the world. Called PLAY, the show invites visitors of all ages, from children to seniors to complete, destroy, co-author or interact with existing installations, which range from musical sculptures to piles of found objects that can be arranged and rearranged anyway you like. Radio Prague caught up with the artist earlier this week and takes
The Minister of Culture Jiří Besser has said that new director of the National Technical Museum will be the former deputy head of Prague’s National Museum, Karel Ksandr. The official announcement of the nomination should be made on November 22 with Mr. Ksandr taking up the new post by the start of December. The long time former director of the museum, Horymír Kubíček, was sacked in mid-August after an audit found a multi-million crown hole in the museum’s finances. The museum has been closed due to extended reconstruction work.
Prague’s National Gallery, one of the country’s most respected cultural institutions which includes a number of venues including Veletržní palace, has, along with other state-funded organisations, been told by the austerity government to save 15 percent of its budget next year. The cuts, following the earlier financial crisis, are expected to hit the gallery hard. While some steps have already been taken – a reduction in the number of exhibitions, a cutting back on acquisitions, a lowering of the number of staff – it is not likely to be enough.
For a decade now, Czech teenagers have been doing research into the fates of Jewish people who lived in their localities before, during and after World War II, as part of a project entitled “Neighbours Who Disappeared”. Organisers say participants at schools around the country have learned valuable lessons, and unearthed a lot of previously unknown information.
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