Over the last ten years, Czech sculptor Cestmir Suska has become something of a hit in the US. His larger-than-life and painstakingly geometrical sculptures have been showered with awards, amongst them a prestigious Pollock-Krasner scholarship. The artist himself has twice been invited to live and work in the States, first in Utica, upstate New York, and then Vermont. Both invitations he happily accepted.
Sculptor Cestmir Suska has long been more popular on the other side of the Atlantic than here in his native Prague. But, with a current exhibition in the Czech Museum of Fine Arts, and one of his famous, beer-tank sculptures firmly fixed in Liberec town square, all of this could be about to change. Rosie Johnston has the story.
Dada was born in Zurich in February 1916, when Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings launched the Cabaret Voltaire. The First World War had brought many artists to the city, and besides opposing the war with a passion, the Dadaists defied prevailing artistic conventions, describing their work as 'anti-art'. Their impact on art, writing and theatre is felt to this day. But what does this have to do with the Czech Republic? The answer is: more than we might think.
On Thursday, the Prague Quadrennial International Competitive Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture opened its doors to the public. The exhibition introduces visitors to the most up-to-date theatrical creations from all corners of the world. Up to 40 daily live events and activities will be held on the streets of Prague to accompany the ten-day event.
Jan Sibik is perhaps the Czech Republic's best known photo-journalist. In two decades he has undertaken over 200 assignments around the world, covering everything from the genocide in Rwanda to the devastation wreaked on Sri Lanka by the 2005 tsunami. The photographer has a new exhibition on at the moment in Prague, with the focus this time on the women of Kibera in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, one of the biggest and poorest slums in Africa.
An exhibition in Prague has found an unusual way of countering the negative stereotype that members of the Roma community are often unemployed and live off state benefits. The exhibition of contemporary and forgotten Roma crafts highlights the fact that Roma on the Czech and Slovak lands made a living of hard manual labour.
The National Gallery has revealed it will be holding a new annual competition known as the "333" award aimed at drawing work from young Czech and Slovak artists. National Gallery spokeswoman Petra Jungwirthova made the announcement on Friday. According to the information released a jury will select nine finalists among all entries and their work will be exhibited. The overall winner will earn a prize of 333,000 Czech crowns (the equivalent of almost 16,000 US dollars). The competition is limited to artists up to 33 years of age.
When Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings launched the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in February 1916, they set into motion a process that was to cause a revolution in European art, writing and theatre. This was the beginning of Dada. The Dadaists described their work as 'anti-art', defying the prevailing artistic conventions of the time and passionately opposing the First World War. Several of Dada's founding proponents had roots in Romania, but what is less well known is that Dada also had a number of intriguing Czech connections. This is to be one of the
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