A painting by abstract artist František Kupka called Series C I (Plans Miniscules) from 1935 sold for 62 million crowns (around 2.29 million euros) on Sunday, setting a new Czech art auction record. Until now, the record price paid at the domestic art auction was 55.57 million, for which another Kupka`s painting, The Shape of Blue, was sold four years ago. International auction record for Kupka is even higher. Earlier this year, his painting L'Envolée was sold in Sweden for nearly 70 million crowns.
One of the rarest Czechoslovak stamps was sold at an auction in Prague on Saturday for more than 1.7 million crowns (some 63,000 euro). The starting price was at one million crowns. The 50-heller was issued in 1927 and by mistake, overprinted “50/50” DOPLATIT as a postage due. It was used by the post office before the error was discovered. Between 20 to 30 used copies are believed to be in the possession of collectors.
Prague’s Municipal Court on Friday is due to deal with a complaint by the director of the Czech National Gallery Jiří Fajt against head of state president Miloš Zeman. The president refused in May to sign off on Fajt becoming a professor citing his doubts about whether the gallery director had benefited from a sponsorship payment made by a major bank. Fajt says he has already amassed a series of honourary degrees and is protesting the slur on his reputation. The court rejected Fajt's complaint but he can appeal.
A photograph of a skirmish between human rights activists and supporters of Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Prague this year has won the top prize in this year’s Czech Press Photo. During the visit in March, organized groups of Chinese supporters clashed with Czech activists, some of them evoking the legacy of the late Václav Havel and his friendship with the Dalai Lama. The winning entry was taken by photojournalist Michal Šula.
A photograph of a skirmish between human rights activists and supporters of Chinese President XI Jinping during his visit to Prague in March 2016 has won the top prize in this year’s Czech Press Photo competition. The Photo of the Year was taken by photojournalist Michal Šula of Mafra Publishers. Mr Šula's photo is dominated by a figure covered in a Czech flag and a falling banner promoting human rights. During the Chinese president’s visit, organized groups of supporters clashed with activists supporting Tibet, the Dalai Lama and the late Václav Havel as well as opposing policies pursued by the current head of state.
A painting by Czech artist Emil Filla fetched an auction price of 8.0 million crowns in Prague on Sunday. The new owner will in fact pay around 10 million crowns when auction fees are taken into account. A reserve price of 6.8 million crowns had been put on the painting, Figure of a Woman (Polopostava ženy) which dates from 1912. The painting was restituted from the National Gallery. The record price for a Filla painting on the domestic art market remains at 17.5 million crowns and was paid three years for the painting, Painter (Malíř).
A major retrospective of the works of the great 20th century Czech photographer Josef Sudek was launched recently by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa – offering a new and extensive opportunity for visitors there to get acquainted with Sudek’s immense contribution and body of work. These include famous works from series like From the Window of My Studio to Night Walks. Called The Intimate World of Josef Sudek, the show should not be missed.
An exhibition of works by late architect Jan Kaplický will be launched at Prague’s Dancing House Gallery on Tuesday. The exhibition, called JKOK, will present Kaplický’s iconic works and designs, such as the 2007 model for the National Library, also known as the Blob, as well as some previously unseen works. The exhibits come from his personal archive. The exhibition will run until March 12, 2017. The Czech –born London-based architect Kaplický died in 2009 at the age of 71. His most significant projects include the Selfridges Building in Birmingham and the media centre of Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
Valuable papers and documents pertaining to the statesmanship and political and diplomatic work of the Bohemian king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV are being installed at the National Archive in Prague on Wednesday. The items will be on show from Friday to Monday as part of the exhibition Archive of the Czech Crown – The Documentary Treasure of Charles IV. Most of the documents have never been publicly displayed before and virtually all of them passed through the ruler’s own hands, according to the archivists.
The history of Nový Bor in North Bohemia- is indelibly linked with the art of glass-making. The tradition of glass making in the region goes back more than seven hundred years. Thanks to abundant stocks of wood –used as both fuel and raw material -and crushed quartz used in the melting of glass, the region provided ideal conditions for the craft. Glassworks in different areas date back to medieval times and have been traced due to various archaeological finds –such as small pieces of melted glass and fragments of moulds -in places where old glassworks
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