The highly successful Czech-born illustrator and author Petr Sís has been resident in New York for several decades. As the city comes under intense pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, he discusses his latest projects and more in this interview from the Czech Center New York series Artists That Never Give Up in the City That Never Sleeps.
Czech artists and people from the cultural sphere have been looking for ways to boost public morale in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. Those artists who saw their concerts cancelled are streaming them from their homes, actors have recorded video spots broadcast on television telling people not to lose faith, while galleries are offering viewings of their exhibitions online to the millions stuck at home for an unspecified period of time.
This Friday marks 140 years since the birth of the pioneering Czech architect and designer Josef Gočár. His legacy includes iconic works in a range of styles, most famously The House of the Black Madonna, in a Cubist tradition inspired by Picasso, and the “national” Rondocubist Legiobanka, born of independent Czechoslovakia.
Photographer Marie Tomanová, who has been living in the US for the past decade, won many accolades for Young Americans, a series of striking portraits that came out in book form 12 months ago. Now Tomanová has a new exhibition in Prague – based on photographs she took on a rare visit to her hometown in south Moravia in late 2018. I spoke to her just ahead of the opening of It Was Once My Universe.
The National Gallery in Prague has received a major donation of Japanese Zen art, which includes over 500 hanging scrolls with ink paintings. The scrolls are part of the so-called Kaeru-An collection, put together by private art collector Felix Hess, and their value is estimated at 35 million crowns. They will become part of the gallery’s permanent Collection of Asian and African Art.
They took a year to design, another year to make, and half a year to install. But the Czech lighting and glass artworks company Lasvit has realised a project of truly epic proportions – crafting two 20-ton dragons, covered in millions of crystals, and suspending them high above a grand hotel lobby, on a far-away island prone to earthquakes.
An exhibition of French Impressionists at the National Gallery’s Kinsky
Palace in Prague was the most visited exhibition of fine art in the Czech
Republic last year, attracting over 100,000 visitors over 91 days.
The retrospective exhibition of Alberto Giacometti in National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace was visited by over 48,000 people, while the ongoing exhibition of the Czech-born illustrator Petr Sís at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art attracted over 51,000 visitors by the end of 2019.
An exhibition marking 200 years of portraiture in the Czech lands gets underway at Prague Castle today. The curators have brought together exquisite works by the nation’s most celebrated painters, covering all major genres and movements up to the present day. I went along for a special tour ahead of the official opening.
A Prague district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former of
Prague National Gallery head Jiří Fajt over his dismissal from the
Fajt claimed his eventual successor, Ivan Morávek, had no power to sack him when he was the nominal interim director.
Morávek had been chosen to lead the Prague National Gallery by the outgoing Minister of Culture, Antonín Staněk (Social Democrats).
His sacking of Fajt, as well as then Olomouc Museum of Art head Michal Soukup, was viewed by critics as politically motivated.
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