Ownership of painter and sculptor Hana Wichterlová’s garden atelier,
declared a cultural monument last year, will be transferred from Prague 1
to the municipality at no cost.
The district’s mayor, Pavel Čižinský (Praha Sobě) told the Czech news agency ČTK that the municipality wants to install a permanent exhibition in the late artist’s studio in Malá Strana, where she lived and worked for more than 50 years.
The garden atelier still houses many of Wichterlová’s artistic works. It was declared a cultural monument in part because so many celebrated persons had visited there. She died in 1990 at the age of 87.
The National Film Museum “NaFilM”, a student project five years in the
making, has opened to the public.
Building on their pop-up exhibitions and temporary installations, NaFilM found a permanent home in central Prague this past summer, at the home of the Supraphon music studio.
NaFilM cofounder Terezie Křížkovská told Radio Prague in an earlier interview their dream had been to establish an innovative, hands-on, interactive museum showcasing Czech film history.
PM Andrej Babiš (ANO), in the midst of a trip to Asia to promote greater
economic cooperation, began a two-day visit to Thailand on Wednesday with
talks with the country’s foreign minister, Pravit Vongsuvan.
He said Thailand will buy 12 Czech military training aircraft of the L-39NG make and the Czech arms industry is looking to make other deals.
Accompanying Mr. Babiš on his Asian trip, which began in Singapore and ends in India, is a delegation of nearly 40 Czech entrepreneurs and Minister of Economic Affairs Marta Nováková (independent).
The average mortgage rate rose to 2.91 percent in December from 2.78
percent the previous month. According to Fincentrum Hypoindex data,
mortgages have risen at the fastest rate in 10 years.
The size of an average mortgage loan grew steadily throughout 2018 to stand at nearly 2.3 million crowns in December.
The number of applicants had surged in September as people sought to get mortgages before tougher lending guidelines set by the Czech National Bank came into effect on October 1.
Under the guidelines, a borrower should not be eligible for a loan which is greater than nine times their annual net income, or need to spend over 45 percent of their monthly net income to service the debt.
Tomáš Berdych has reached the third round of tennis’s Australian Open.
The Czech dispatched Robin Haas of the Netherlands 6-1 6-3 6-3 in an hour
and 19 minutes on Wednesday, continuing an impressive run of form since a
recent return after a six-month injury layoff.
Berdych’s compatriot Markéta Vondroušová has exited the competition after losing 4-6 5-7 to Petra Martic of Croatia in the second round.
Events are being held in the Czech Republic to mark the 50th anniversary of
the self-immolation of Jan Palach. The 20-year-old student set himself
alight in central Prague on 16 January 1969 in protest at apathy in the
face of the Soviet occupation and died three days later.
An exhibition is being opened on Wenceslas Square near the spot where Palach immolated himself, while a gathering and candle-lit procession will also take place there. Events are also being held at Charles University and the Prague University of Economics, both of which he attended.
Memorials are set to take place in Palach’s Central Bohemian hometown of Všetaty and the nearby Mělník, where he attended secondary school. Other events are also planned around the country.
A police officer who caused serious injury to a motorcyclist after blocking
his path with a service vehicle has again been cleared of wrongdoing. A
Prague appeals court ruled to that effect on Tuesday, confirming an earlier
Officer Šimon Vaic had been facing criminal charges of grievous bodily harm after driving his car into the path of a motorcyclist, who was at that time banned from driving, in July of last year. He could have faced up to two years in jail and a service ban if found guilty.
Football goalkeeper Petr Čech has announced that he will retire at the end
of the current season. Čech, who is now 36, won four Premier League
titles, the Champions League and the Europa League during an 11-year spell
at Chelsea, where he also set a number of individual goalkeeping records.
He lifted the FA Cup in 2017 with current club Arsenal.
Petr Čech was captain of the Czech national team, making a record 124 appearances over a 14-year period.
The UK’s departure from the European Union would affect a great many
Czech citizens living in Great Britain, the Czech foreign minister, Tomáš
Petříček, said on Tuesday, iDnes.cz reported. He said Czech estimates
put the figure at around 100,000.
Speaking at a meeting of the Senate’s European Affairs Committee, Mr. Petříček said he would regard a possible no-deal Brexit as unfortunate but said the Prague government would also have to plan for such an eventuality.
The minister also said elections to the European Parliament in March would be a test of the resilience of European liberal democracy and the EU as a whole.