Czech painter Miroslav Houst turned fifty this year. An exhibition of his work opened on Thursday at the Miro Art Gallery in Prague under the motto "Respect for Tradition". The reason - Miroslav Houst is a painter of realism, a style which is sometimes looked down upon by supporters of avant-garde art. The artistic work of the Czech Academy of Arts graduate Miroslav Houst is a continuation of the centuries-old and ongoing classical pictorial tradition.
Czechs like to play. At least that's what comes to mind if you realise that within two weeks, Prague has hosted two independent exhibitions of puzzles and brainteasers. One is taking place this weekend in Chodov in the south of Prague and the other fair was held last week in the gothic building Dum Panu z Kunstatu in the historic Old Town. The organiser was Jaroslav Flejberk, a puzzle enthusiast and owner of the largest collection of puzzles in Central Europe. He explains why solving puzzles is such a popular pastime in this country.
In this week's Arts, Dita Asiedu looks at how the Terezin Memorial is faring one year after the devastating floods, invites you to a film festival in the town of terezin and an exhibition of photographs in Prague, and reports why Czech President Vaclav Klaus may have to wait longer than expected before moving into his office at Prague Castle:
In this week's edition of One on One Jan Velinger's guest is Jana Semeradova - the young, dynamic, and elegant director of a small Czech media agency that publishes one of the country's leading design magazines. Titled 'Blok' it focuses on design in all its forms: fashion, architecture, interiors, and art. For Jana Semeradova - a graduate of Charles University and Prague's film academy FAMU - design is no small passion.
In the middle of the Prague district of Smichov, just ten minutes away from the city centre, a new multifunctional art space called "Futura" opened recently, focusing on the presentation and promotion of both international and local contemporary fine art. When I visited it, it seemed like an oasis - cool and quiet in the bustling city scorched by a summer heat wave.
Mark Wiedorn is an American photographer, who has lived in Prague for the last three years. He has taken a particular interest in the lives of the Czech Republic's Romany minority. When a friend of his, the Romany social worker Marie Gailova approached him last year and told him of the plight of several Romany families who were reduced to living in squalor in a former brick factory, he agreed to take a series of photographs of the families. They had originally worked in the factory, but when it closed down they lost their apartments and were reduced
Josef Koudelka - Photographer is a retrospective that has been conceived on a grand scale with an absolute sense for detail and perfection. Taking place at the National Gallery's Trades Fair Palace in Prague, the exhibit captures forty years of Koudelka's work: five major periods in black and white from 1958 to the present that will leave few visitors untouched. The show includes Koudelka's famous portraits from the lives of Czechoslovak and Balkan gypsies, as well as the barren panoramas and bleak landscapes that he has worked on in recent
The Czech Press Photo is a competition for the best photographs of the year taken by Czech and Slovak photographers. Last week, the results of the 8th Czech press Photo were announced at Prague City Hall. The eight-member international jury was busy for three days to select the best photos in eight categories, a single photo and a series in each.
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