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.
The Senate is currently mapping the life and times of 19th and early 20th century parliamentarians with a new exhibition. "Parliament in the reflection of time" - this new exhibition documents the life of Czech politicians one hundred years ago...the important events they witnessed, the lives they led, the causes they defended, and the decisions they made from the 1800s up to the 1930s.
Those familiar with the Czech music scene are likely to have heard music by Lucie - arguably one of the most successful Czech rock bands of the 1990s. The group's success was expected to continue well into the new millennium, but then the project slowly began to unravel. Former members went their own ways, and have now released new CDs.
"In Morbid Colours: Art and the Idea of Decadence in the Czech Lands, 1880 to 1914", is the title of a major new exhibition which has just opened at Prague's Obecni Dum (Municipal House). The show is divided into four different sections with dramatic titles like Satanic Hallucinations and Purgatory of Death. But what exactly is "decadent art"? That's a question I put to the exhibition's curator, Otto M. Urban.
In today's One on One Jan's guest is young documentary filmmaker Linda Jablonska who has made a splash on the Czech scene with "Left, Right, Forward", a new documentary about the behind-the-scenes lives of two curious groups on the Czech political spectrum: the young conservatives and the young communists. The film is extremely engaging and at times also very funny: throughout, Jablonska maps the routines and events of both groups, from charity balls to daytrips to demonstrations, and it's no surprise the feature film took the better part of a year