On May 18th museums in the entire world celebrate their holiday. In order to promote cultural heritage around the planet, UNESCO's International Council of Museums (the ICOM) in 1977 established this date as the International Museums Day. In order to accommodate the needs of their visitors, museums in the Czech Republic have decided to shift the special programs celebrating the International Museums Day from Wednesday May 18th to this coming Sunday.
All of us, at one time or another, have suffered the misery of poorly-designed objects: the spill-proof bottle that leaks, the vase with a poor centre of gravity, an inaccessible computer jack. If, however you are visually impaired or blind, even well-designed objects can be a misery. A new exhibition, currently underway at the National Technical Museum - in conjunction with the Prague City museum - addresses the problem of design in everyday objects for the visually impaired. It presents new solutions where there have often been few in the
Strangely enough for a report about an art exhibition, we start at a train station - the Main Train Station in the centre of Prague. And this is where on May 1st, International Labour Day, an exhibition aptly called "Workers" was opened by its author - one of the world's most respected photographers - Brazil's Sebastiao Salgado.
Last year in the West Bohemian city of Plzen, the foundation stone was laid for a large bronze statue of General George Patton, whose 3rd US Army liberated the city in the spring of 1945. It seemed an apt gesture to remember one of the war's great generals, and the unveiling was to be one of the highpoints of this year's 60th anniversary celebrations taking place next week in Plzen. At the time no-one could have guessed that just a few months later the stone would be dug up again, and that the city would not have its statue after all, after city
"Roma Rising/Romske Obrozeni" is a collection of portraits by the American photographer Chad Evans Wyatt of over 100 Czech Romani people, working professionals "of great intelligence, integrity and accomplishment." In today's edition of Panorama (the second half of a series), Brian Kenety speaks to some young Romani people portrayed in that project -- among them a medical student, a public relations specialist, and a computer programmer who heads the Romani students' organisation called Athinganoi.
Architect Jan Hird Pokorny is a legend of the Czech émigré community in New York City, where he has been living and working since 1940. A former professor of architecture and preservation studies at Columbia University, he was instrumental in saving countless historic buildings in his adoptive homeland from destruction: among them, the Bohemia National Hall, once the centre of New York's thriving, Czech émigré community. This Tuesday, Prof. Pokorny--at 90 years old still considered a modern architect--was awarded the honorary title of doctor honoris
Memorial ceremonies were held over the weekend at the Nazi concentration camps of Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrueck, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of their liberation. The names of these and other camps where millions were murdered have become embedded in our memory. But there were also smaller camps, scattered throughout German occupied Europe, places of terror that have been all but forgotten. The Jewish Museum in Prague has just opened a moving exhibition following the fate of Czech Jews, who in 1942 were transported to camps in
While shooting portraits for what was to become an award-winning book - "101: Artists in the Post-Revolution Czech Republic" - the American photographer Chad Evans Wyatt became interested in bringing a very different kind of project to light. This autumn, he is set to publish "Roma Rising," a collection of portraits of over 100 Czech Romani people "of great intelligence, integrity and accomplishment."
The year 2005 marks the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. The prolific Danish writer's life and work are being celebrated this month in an exhibit at the Czech National Library, Klementinum. Kate Barrette was at the opening, and has more on Andersen's colourful experiences in the Czech Lands more than a century ago.
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