Maxim Velcovsky is one of the Czech Republic's leading young artists. Most of his work is in porcelain and involves 'reimagining' everyday objects; among his best known pieces are a vase in the shape of a Wellington boot and a porcelain version of a typical water-cooler paper cup. He is also known for a huge fibreglass crucifix, which stands in a Protestant church in Hradec Kralove. I spoke to Maxim Velcovksy at an exhibition of his at Prague's Galerie Kritiku, and began by asking him to explain the thinking behind his work.
Those of you who have walked from Prague's Powder Tower towards the Old Town Square may have come across an unusual building on the corner of Celetna Street and Ovocny Trh. The House of the Black Madonna named after the stone sculpture of a black Madonna sitting on top of it, is one of the world's rarest examples of Cubist architecture. The building was closed in January 2002, but Prague was proud to announce this Friday that its doors have finally been re-opened to the public: