An art group who protested against President Miloš Zeman by replacing the president’s flag at Prague Castle with a huge pair of red boxer shorts will not face punishment, Czech Television reported on Friday, quoting an official at the Prague Municipal Court. In a closed hearing earlier this week the court confirmed that members of the Ztohoven group should not stand trial. A district court had previously decided that they should not face punishment but the verdict was appealed by the state attorney.
The Autumn edition of Prague’s flagship antique market has just finished with exhibitors of high priced paintings, glassware, militaria, and furniture in buoyant spirits on the hopes of high spending Czechs and foreigners coming through the doors. The optimism is fuelled by the fact that many Czechs apparently feel that they have a bit of cash to spare on an antique purchase as leaving the cash in the bank gives a poor return. And foreign buyers too seem to believe that there are bargains and investments to be found.
An exhibition at Prague City Gallery highlights the history of a famous Prague-based family-owned jewellery brand. The Belda Company, which was founded exactly 100 years ago, produced a great many jewels, which reflect the changing tendencies in art over the years as well as perfect craftsmanship. They are also the only jewellery makers certified to renovate the historical crown jewels.
The tropical island of Zanzibar is the setting of a beautiful new children’s book just released by Labyrint/Raketa. Called Zanzibar jako vyšitý, the book of poems and stories is the work of first-time children’s author Radka Dráčková (on maternity leave from her job in film distribution). The text is exceptional and the illustrations enchanting; they are not drawn but meticulously crafted from fabric.
The Czech Academy of Sciences has scrapped an exhibition of female acts just four days after it opened amid sccusations of sexism. The exhibition’s critics argued that scantily dressed women had nothing to do with the promotion of science and research. The exhibition Women:Scenes in the Library was to have run until December 23rd. It is one of many events marking the 125th anniversary of the academy’s founding. The academy said the exhibition was intended as a presentation of an old technique in photography.
Two men were given five year jail sentences by a Prague court for taking part in the theft of items from a Marilyn Monroe exhibition being staged in the Czech capital. The two men were found guilty of taking the items. A third accused was given a three year conditional sentence. They can appeal to a higher court. Rare photographs and items for the Prague exhibition were taken in May 2013 after they were being shipped to Prague from Italy. The stolen items included rare photos and an invitation to president John F. Kennedy’s birthday party.
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An exhibition in Opava, called In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes has focussed on how, in the 20th century Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective was depicted and in some cases misrepresented or even parodied in the Czech lands. The show, covering book illustration but also theatre and film, was put together by art historian Tomáš Kolich.
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