For nearly ten years, the company Nanovo has been buying, renovating and re-selling design items from Czechoslovakia’s Communist era, from home décor to furniture. I visited the company’s warehouse in Prague’s Vysočany district to meet its two owners, Jirka Mrázek and Adam Karásek and I first asked them if it was still easy these days to come across original pieces from communist Czechoslovakia:
Work is about to begin on the renovation of a famous interwar express train
known as the Slovak Arrow. A dilapidated model that stood for years in
front of the Tatra museum in Kopřivnice in the Moravian Silesian Region
has been transported to Hranice in the Olomouc Region, where it will be
completely renovated at a cost of CZK 35 million over two years.
The train will then return to Kopřivnice where it will be installed at a new museum of Tatra cars in a former foundry. It will stand on tracks and be put into operation on special occasions.
Introduced in 1936, the Slovak Arrow ran on the line between Bratislava and Prague as the flagship train of Czechoslovak Railways.
Restoration work on Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock, dating back to
1410, has revealed hidden secrets in its bowels - objects placed there by
These include small stone statues of animals and a letter hidden in the hollow of the statue of St. Thomas, left there by Vojtech Sucharda, who restored the Astronomical Clock in 1946.
The origin of the small animal statues –which were walled in - is unclear, but experts believe they date back to the 15th century. All of the artefacts are being analysed.
The respected Czech art restorer Karel Stretti has died at the age of 74,
the ctk news agency reported. Karel Stretti was the country’s leading
restorer of paintings and helped to preserve numerous art treasures both
here and abroad.
He was also a respected pedagogue at the Prague Academy of Arts. Stretti was of Italian descent and came from a long line of painters and graphics.
Prague City Hall insists on exhibiting the Slav Epic series by art nouveau painter Alfons Mucha in Japan and China as part of a travelling exhibition in 2017 and 2018, despite criticism from restorers who worry that the paintings could be damaged by transport. They have called on the Ministry of Culture not to approve the loan. Prague councillor Jan Wolf told the Czech News Agency that the aim of the exhibition was to promote the Czech Republic and Prague. He also said the paintings have travelled abroad already during Mucha’s lifetimes. The loan has also been opposed by the grandson of the painter, John Mucha.
The University of Pardubice has confirmed that the number of applications for Bachelor studies have dropped in recent years. While in 2012, the university received more than 8,100 applications the number dropped to around 5,200 this year, representing a 36 percent decrease.The news was confirmed by the university's spokeswoman. She credited lower state support as having a partial impact. The highest interest in studies at the University of Pardubice are in business areas, including management and public finance, the Czech News Agency reported.
Members of the Czech Technical University in Prague’s Faculty of Cybernetics, focusing on multi-robotic systems, have been cooperating with experts from the National Heritage Institute in Olomouc. They ran a first test using autonomous drones at a church in Sternberk in the Olomouc region to map the state of the building. Drones, unlike people, need little lighting and no scaffolding at all to get to otherwise hard-to-reach areas.
Tempus Libri is a Czech company specialising in the production of authentic copies or ‘clones’ of rare historic manuscripts, often of immense cultural value. To date, the most significant tome the firm copied is the Vyšehrad Codex, dating back to the Romanesque period. The manuscript, made up of one hundred and eight parchment folios – 26 of which are illuminated – focusses on numerous topics, including the genealogy of Christ. The Codex also depicts the first Czech King Vratislav II and features a reference to St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of
A group of statues comprising Christ the Saviour and Saints Cosmas and Damian has been returned to Prague’s Charles Bridge. A team of restorers commissioned by the City Gallery Prague cleaned, treated and repaired the original Baroque statues over a three-year period. A spokesperson for the gallery said on Thursday that in time it would probably replace all of the original statues on the 14th century bridge with copies.
The main lounge at the famous television tower on the Ještěd Mountain in northern Bohemia has been reopened after renovation works. The painstaking refurbishing returned the lounge to the way it looked when the tower opened in 1973, with the original interior design by Otakar Binar. The lounge will welcome the first members of the public on Saturday, as part of a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the construction of the tower. The 94-meter tall Ještěd Tower is considered to be one of the most original pieces of modern architecture in the Czech Republic. Its architect Karel Hubáček received the prestigious Auguste Perret Prize from the International Union of Architects in 1969.