Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei, 59, will return to the Czech Republic in March after a year to display his new artifact created exclusively for the National Gallery in Prague. The artist’s biggest sculpture ever reflects his concern about the refugee crisis. Called "Law of the Journey", the 70-metre-long (230-foot-long) inflatable boat with 258 oversize refugee figures will be shown from March 16 through the rest of the year.
The National Gallery in Prague has selected a new security agency and is likely to sign a new contract soon on the guarding of its buildings and collections, the gallery’s director Jiří Fajt told the Czech News Agency, adding that the gallery premises would re-open on Tuesday. The new contract will be signed for one year only and the National Gallery in the interim will prepare new a tender for security services. The National Gallery had to unexpectedly close its premises during the weekend due to its dispute with the ABAS IPS Management security agency that had withdrawn from a contract. The agency, in charge of security at the National Gallery since October 2016, claims that it is owed money by the institution.
The National Gallery in Prague remains closed to the public. The gallery had to close down all of its buildings on Saturday following a dispute with the security agency guarding the premises. The agency terminated its contract on Friday, claiming that the gallery hasn’t paid for their services. According to the head of the PR and marketing department, Miroslav Krupička, the gallery will try to re-open next week. They will also prolong the validity of the purchased tickets until the end of May.
The National Gallery in Prague has unexpectedly closed down all its premises due to “serious technical and operational reasons”. The information was published on the gallery`s website on Saturday. According to the news site Denik.cz, the move was a result of a terminated contract with the security agency guarding the gallery`s buildings. According to the head of the PR ad marketing department, Miroslav Krupička, the gallery will prolong the validity of the purchased tickets until the end of May. It is not yet clear when the gallery will re-open again.
Czech news agency ČTK's photographer Roman Vondrouš has won second place in the Sports Action category of the prestigious Pictures of the Year International competition. Mr Vondrouš won with a photo called “Irish bank”, picturing the jockey Dušan Andrés falling off his horse at a hurdle during the the Czech Republic's Velká pardubická steeplechase. The Pictures of the Year International competition was established in 1944. More than 50,000 works from over 70 countries are submitted to the contest each year.
Talented up-and-coming Czech designers presented their work at London’s International Fashion Showcase for the fourth year now. Following last year’s huge success with their Fata Morgana collection, they pulled out all the stops in order to stand out amidst tough competition in one of the leading fashion capitals of the world.
The average auction price of an item at Czech auctions increased to 57.000 crowns (over 2,000 euros) last year, the art investment website artplus.cz informed on Tuesday. The price rise was fuelled by an overall surge in sales at Czech auctions, which exceeded one billion crowns for the first time in history. The overall turnover at Czech auctions in 2016 increased by over 30 percent on the previous year to more than 1.25 billion crowns.
160 years ago Ludwig Moser opened a glass-workshop and store in the West Bohemian town of Karlovy Vary. Today the Moser Glassworks is a world leader in glass making, selling its products around the globe and getting commissions for special pieces for royal palaces and five-star hotels. It is celebrating its 160th anniversary with a grand exhibition at Prague’s Municipal House.
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