The Czech Republic is not the only place in the world where you can get a sense of Czech culture. Czech Centers exist all around the world, and the one in New York has recently opened an exhibit dedicated to the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Born in modest circumstances in the central Bohemian town of Nelahozeves in 1841, the composer remains an iconic figure in classical music today. His influence in North America began in 1892 when he accepted the post of director of the newly established National Conservatory of Music in New York City.
Prague looks set to follow Paris and Madrid with its very own museum devoted to the great surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. The architect chosen for the task is none other than Daniel Libeskind, who has won international acclaim for his Jewish Museum in Berlin, and plans for the Ground Zero site in New York. The Polish-born American architect was in Prague this week to visit the Dali Museum site and promote the project.
It took Czech museums and galleries more than a year and a half to recover from the devastating flood of 2002. On Thursday last week, one of the last damaged museums reopened its complete exposition. On the same day, the National Museum in Prague introduced an exhibition illustrating the damage caused by the flood.
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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:
As an artist he has worked for over forty years with metal - it has been the dominant material of his career - welded steel but also soldered sheets, cut, bent, torn, shaped into endless abstract forms, expressing a personal vision that at times has been bleak, at other times playful, often rebellious or provocative, sometimes even a little difficult to pin down. Work provocative enough to almost get him expelled from Prague's art academy in the 1960s - but enough of an obsession that he never gave up, continuing in North America where he moved
It was a decade ago that Czech photographer Ibra Ibrahimovic began working on a series in north Bohemia, a rare and extensive look into the life of a three-generation farming family in north Bohemia known as the Rajters. For years the family had farmed devastated land by a chemical factory under communism - a personal exile that came to an end when the communist regime fell in 1989, opening the way for buying new land and beginning farming anew. Meanwhile, Ibra Ibrahimovic was attracted to the Rajters from the start - intrigued by the family's
Do you know which part of Prague is slowly turning into the city's fashion quarter? How many hours of their work day do Czechs actually work -and what do they do in the meantime? And why is the Labour Minister waging a war against cyber sex? Find out more in this week's Magazine with Daniela Lazarova
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