The house of culture in the Moravian town of Prostejov is one of the country's best examples of the art nouveau style. Built by the famous architect Jan Kotera, it celebrates its 99th birthday this Friday. Dita Asiedu takes a tour around the newly renovated structure with the house of culture director Alena Spurna:
With over 1,000 roles in his relatively short life, Vladimir Mensik was one of the country's most celebrated actors and entertainers. He performed on stage, in films, fairy tales, serials, sketches, and one-man shows. In fact, he was the first to introduce a form of stand-up comedy to the nation. A new book that has just hit the shelves takes a closer look at the man that Vladimir Mensik was. Through testimony from his relatives and some forty actors who worked with him, author Jolana Matejkova takes a fresh look at the man who always met people
Prague's Obecni Dum (Municipal House) is one of the Czech Republic's greatest Art Nouveau jewels. Now, however, it is home to an exhibition of a different but related art movement - decadent art. The extensive show's full title is "In Morbid Colours: Art and the Idea of Decadence in the Czech Lands 1880 - 1914".
Frantisek Kupka and Otto Gutfreund are two of the most important Czech artists of the first half of the 20th century; Kupka was a great painter and graphic artist, while Gutfreund is best known for his sculptures. Both men studied in Paris and both fought for France in the first world war, as members of the Czechoslovak Legions. An exhibition of their work from the period 1914 to 1918 has just opened at Prague's Kampa Museum.
The "radiovka" beret, known for its little antenna-like tassel on top may not exactly be the height of fashion but the beret does have a long tradition in the Bohemian and Moravian countryside, especially among the older generation. Though most popular in the '60s or '70s, you're still likely to see the beret worn by some even today. Ondrej Stanek, a young Czech artist now exhibiting in Brno, decided to use the "radiovka" for inspiration in a new art installation. Namely, he has developed a series of cycling helmets in the classic "radiovka"
Even after all those years, since they began cooperating in the mid-1980s in communist Czechoslovakia, musician Petr Hapka and lyricist Michal Horacek remain one of the Czech Republic's most acclaimed artistic partnerships. Since the 80s they have collaborated on just a handful of albums, but produced some of the country's most well-known chansons and pop songs sung by some of the country's best singers. Hits like "Levandulova" - My Lavender One (Hana Hegerova), "Cizi zena v cizim pokoji" - Strange Woman in a Strange Room (rocker Michal Kocab) and
This week in Czech Books we are gripped by poetry fever. The Czech Republic is in the middle of an international poetry festival, the "Den poezie" - or Poetry Day. As we'll be finding out, the festival reaches some of most far-flung corners of the Czech Republic; we also explore what makes the "Generation 2000" of young Romanian poets tick, as they bring their work to a Prague audience.