Police have recovered a stolen oil-painting by the Czech painter Jan Preisler which had been missing for 19 years. The painting, Study for Bathing, assessed at 8 million crowns, was stolen from an exhibition in the town of Chrudim in August of 1996. It was in the ownership of the National Gallery at the time. The police reportedly intercepted a planned sale to a private owner.
Around 31 valuable drawings are missing from the collection of the National Gallery, the spending watchdog, the National Audit Office announced on Monday. Some of the missing works are by Joseph Lada and František Kupka. A particular interesting case are some missing works by painter Jan Zrzavý, which appear to have been lost some time after they were lent for an exhibition in Amsterdam in 1999-2000. The National Gallery started criminal proceedings regarding the loss as the audit office checks were ongoing, that is at least 13 years after the disappearance probably took place.
An international travelling exhibition entitled the Legacy of Charlemagne opened at Prague Castle on Thursday, after already going on show in Belgium and Italy. The exhibition, which is part of an international project called Cradles of European Culture, displays about 300 objects from all over the world linked to the great medieval ruler, its curator Jana Maříková Kubková said. Visitors will have a chance to see for the first time some unique artefacts from Czech collections, including those uncovered at a burial site at Prague Castle’s Lumbe Gardens.
On July 6th, it will be 600 years since the death of Jan Hus, the celebrated priest and reformer, who was burned at the stake for heresy against the Catholic Church. In this programme, Zdeněk Uhlíř of the historical and musical collections section of the Czech National Library, and also Vlasta Urbánková, a guide at the Bethlehem Chapel where Hus preached, will help to piece together what we know about the man, his beliefs, and some of the myths surrounding this “Greatest Czech”.
Last year, Czech-British artist Míla Fürstová made international headlines for her design of the cover of Coldplay’s newest album, Ghost Stories – an etching of an angel’s wing over starry waters. Recently, the artist opened a new exhibition in the Czech Republic and was interviewed by Radio Prague’s editor-in-chief, Mirek Krupička. In Part 2 of our 2 part interview, he began by asking about Míla’s start in Great Britain.
For nearly a decade Camille Hunt has been co-running Hunt Kastner, a private Prague gallery that represents leading local artists such as Eva Koťátková and Dominik Lang. In 2013 the gallery moved to Žižkov from the Letná district, which the Canadian-born Hunt has long called home. Our tour of “her Prague” begins with a drink on the terrace of the Letná Chateau, which is adjacent to a beer garden with stunning views of the city.
Last year, Czech-British artist Míla Fürstová made international headlines for her design of the cover of Coldplay’s newest album, Ghost Stories – an etching of an angel’s wing over starry waters. Recently, the artist opened a new exhibition in the Czech Republic and was interviewed by Radio Prague’s editor-in-chief, Mirek Krupička. He began by asking when she last exhibited in Prague.
Born in Prague and living in the downtown area, photographer Eugen Kukla is highly knowledgeable about the history of his native city. Taking time out from preparing for an exhibition of his work that starts at Velryba café next week, he suggests we begin our tour of “his Prague” at the spot on Old Town Square where a Baroque Marian column stood for over 250 years. A member of an association pushing to have it rebuilt, Kukla explains how the monument was toppled in November 1918, shortly after the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
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