A huge exhibition of work by the world-renowned Czech photographer Josef Koudelka has just opened in Prague. Entitled Returning, it features hundreds of photos from throughout the 80-year-old’s career, including famous cycles such as Gypsies and the stunning images of the 1968 invasion that first brought him international acclaim. I discussed the show with Helena Koenigsmarková, director of exhibition venue the Museum of Decorative Arts.
The director of the Czech National Gallery, Jiří Fajt, says he wants to launch an international architecture competition to renovate the institution’s Trade Fair Palace soon. Repairs to the Functionalist structure, which houses the gallery’s modern art collection, are expected to cost around CZK 3 billion and begin around 2021. On a visit to the Prague building on Monday evening the prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, and the arts minister in resignation, Ilja Šmíd, declared their support for Mr. Fajt’s plans.
The exhibition Residence: Prefab Estate presents the history of selected residential complexes in the Czech Republic and the social, political, cultural and economic circumstances that accompanied their construction. It follows the development of housing estates in the Czech lands from their start in the late 1940s up until the first years of the 1990s, when such construction came to an end. A brief summary is also presented of the later attempts at ‘humanising’ prefabricated buildings as well as current reflections by architects and historians
A major exhibition of dolls’ houses from the Victoria &Albert Museum of Childhood in London is now on display in Prague. Through the stories of 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years, visitors to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague can follow the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships.
The Museum of Romani Culture in Brno has demanded a public apology from
Tomio Okamura, the head of the anti-Islam, anti-migrant party Freedom and
Direct Democracy who said in an interview at the weekend that the Lety
concentration camp in South Bohemia, where Roma were interned during WWII,
had had no fencing restricting movement.
Experts at the museum slammed the claim as untrue, adding that such allegations contributed to anti-Roma sentiments in society and were an insult to the memory of those who suffered persecution and genocide during the Second World War.
In his interview for the online DVTV, the Czech News Agency reported that Mr Okamura based his claim on an unspecified quote from former president Václav Klaus and on a book entitled The Lety Camp - Facts and Myths, which he said had been published by the Czech Academy of Sciences. The museum said no book had been published under that name and that a text dating back to 1999 which was put out by the academy featured no such claim.
In March, the Museum of Romani Culture will take over the area of the former camp in Lety near Písek.
An exhibition mapping the history and design of the country’s
communist-era housing estates gets underway in Prague’s Museum of
Decorative Arts on Thursday.
Called Residence: Prefab Estate, the exhibition concludes a five-year research into the development of selected housing estates in the Czech lands, from their start in the late 1940s up until the early 1990s. It will be on display until May 20.
The Museum of Romani Culture will take over the former pig farm in Lety
near Písek, which stands at the site of a WWII Roma concentration camp, in
March, its spokesman announced in a press release on Tuesday.
After years of negotiations, the government last year finally agreed with the farm’s owner on a buyout for roughly 450 million crowns. A proper memorial to the victims of the Romany Holocaust is set to be built at the site.
More than 1,300 Roma men, women and children were held at the camp at Lety beginning in 1940: an estimated 327 of them died at the site, largely due to disease; more than 500 of those interned were transported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, from which they never returned.
Most Czech state arts institutions are this year preparing events and
projects commemorating the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia,
the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. The government has earmarked CZK
322 million for a special programme that will also mark other significant
anniversaries this year.
The greatest portion of that funding is going to the Ministry of Culture while the biggest single event will be a joint Czech-Slovak exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. After a stint in Bratislava the show will move to the Czech National Museum, which by then will have reopened after major renovations.
Around 170 events are marking the centenary, the 50th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of 1968 and the foundation of the independent Czech Republic in 1993.
The Czech Republic and Saxony have submitted their nomination of the mining region of Krušnohoří, a uniquely preserved landscape formed by centuries of ore mining, for UNESCO World Heritage Site listing. The joint nomination was signed on Monday by outgoing Czech culture minister Daniel Herman and Saxony State interior minister Markus Ulbig.