The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague together with the City Gallery has prepared a major photography exhibition. The show reviews the development of Czech photography through the 20th century.You can see more than 1,200 photographs including pictures by the best known Czech photographers beginning with the Art Nouveau Frantisek Drtikol, the avant-garde Jaroslav Rosler or Jaromir Funke, continuing with Josef Sudek's famous still-lifes and ending with contemporary artists such as Josef Koudelka or Tono Stano.
The National Gallery in Prague boasts a new exhibit in its Collection of Old Masters, although new is not quite the word. On the contrary the ceiling canvas "Phaeton Begging the Chariot of Apollo" dates back to the beginning of the 18th century, and has been in the Gallery's possession for many years. But the work was damaged and for almost a hundred years was hidden from visitors. Now it has been painstakingly restored and since Tuesday has been on show in the National Gallery's Sternberg Palace.
The famous Venice Biennale - a major exhibition of contemporary art which takes place every second year - has been growing in popularity in recent years. The idea of presenting contemporary art of different nations became so popular that a number of cities worldwide started to establish similar events. Prague organized its first biennale two years ago. This year the event continues in the Czech capital but because of arguments between the original Prague Biennale organizers it has split up this year into two rival events.
Prima ballerina Daria Klimentova is undoubtedly one of the most popular Czech dancers ever, with an impressive career in the Prague National Theatre Ballet, the Cape Ballet Company in Cape Town, the Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, and since 1996 the English National Ballet. On Tuesday, an exhibition of 60 photographs opened to the public in the foyer of the Albert Hall that depicts her career both on and off stage.
The National Gallery's second International Biennale of Contemporary Art called "A Second Sight" opened its doors to the public on Tuesday. The exhibition is the result of close cooperation between 31 curators from all over the world, who have selected works of some four hundred artists from as far afield as Chile and South Africa. This year it's showing at three venues in Prague, covering over 9,000 m2 of exhibition space.
An exhibition of photographs opened at the Czech Parliament in Prague on Monday evening to tell the story of the hundreds of people, mainly Romanies, who suffered and often perished at the concentration camp in Lety, around 80 km south of Prague. The camp has been a source of controversy in recent years, partly because of a pig-farm that now stands on the site and also because the camp was entirely staffed by Czech guards.
The American Ladies' Club was formed in Prague out of the initiative of the prominent Czech bachelor Vojta Naprstek (who later married one of its members), who believed in the power of the woman and her right to lead a fulfilling life; not just as a housewife and mother but as an educated part of the Czech population. Join us as we look back at the legacy of this club, founded 140 years ago this year.
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