Jan Saudek has long been recognised as one of the Czech Republic's most successful artistic photographers, whose pictures are easily identified for the photographer's particular use of light, hand-tinting and positioning of models, often nudes, against painted or plaster studio backdrops. Anyone acquainted with US band Soul Asylum's CD Grave Dancers Union will be familiar with at least one Saudek image. Mr Saudek's work was also featured in the worldwide Absolut vodka campaign. Here, in the Czech Republic, the photographer is no less
The great Czech photographer Eva Fuka recently celebrated her 80th birthday at the opening of an exhibition of her work at Prague's Kampa Museum. She had returned to the city of her birth in the early part of this decade, after spending half her life in America. In this the second half of a two-part interview, Eva recalls how she and her first husband, the artist Vladimir Fuka, left Czechoslovakia in 1967 in something of a hurry; after getting permission for a short trip abroad, they had to leave almost all of their belongings, in case the communist
Experts predicted that a new record could be set on Sunday when a work by the Czech-born abstract artist Frantisek Kupka was going under the hammer in Prague. They were right: the oil on canvas was sold to an anonymous bidder for 13.4 million crowns (around 642,500 dollars), a price that would have been unthinkable on the Czech market a decade ago.
Eva Fuka, who turned 80 earlier this month, has been described as one of the most important post-war Czech photographers. Some of her best known pictures were taken in the mid 1960s in New York, a city she was to settle in a few years later, when she left Czechoslovakia with her husband Vladimir Fuka, himself a leading artist at that time. Today, in the first half of a two-part interview, Eva Fuka recalls growing up in the First Republic, the war era, the problems she and Vladimir had with the Communists, and her first visit to the city she later
Experts say they expect a new record price for a Czech painting sold at auction to be set this Sunday, when Frantisek Kupka's Abstract Composition goes under the hammer in Prague. The starting price is 8.5 million crowns, but there is a good chance the work could fetch over 10 million, said auctioneer Jan Rybar, adding that it was a long time since an oil painting by Kupka had been up for sale.
The controversial exhibition "Bodies" will remain on show in Prague despite growing protests. The Prague city authorities who received an official complaint about it from a Prague resident referred the matter to the police who concluded that it did not violate any laws or regulations. The exhibition of human cadavers, their parts and internal organs has come under fire from some politicians, Catholic priest Tomas Halik as well as the Czech Anatomical Society. Critics say that this treatment of human remains is deeply degrading. The exhibition will remain on show at Prague's Lucerna Palace until October.
For the last three years, "BODIES...The Exhibition" has been travelling around the globe giving over 16 million people the rare experience of seeing what they look like on the inside. The exhibition has now made it to Prague's Lucerna hall, where over twenty preserved real male human bodies - their muscles, organs, veins and more - will be showcased until the end of October. But the exhibition is already meeting with opposition. The Czech Catholic Church and some Charles University professors are appalled by the fact that real bodies are being used
It is quite possible that you will not have heard of the great 17th century artist Vaclav Hollar, or Wenceslaus Hollar as he is known internationally. But it is very likely that you will have seen some of his wonderful images of Prague or London, the city with which he is most closely associated. Indeed, Hollar was - as one book about the artist puts it - "The Man Who Drew London".
Hundreds of people came to see the controversial exhibition called "Bodies... the Exhibition" on Saturday, the day it opened at Prague's Lucerna Palace. The exhibition, seen by some 16 million viewers worldwide, features human bodies and body parts preserved using plastic. Organisers have suggested that the aim of the show is to allow visitors to see up-close the inner workings of the human body. According to the Aktualne.cz news server, the exhibition has been condemned by the Czech Anatomical Society which has called it "sensationalist and outrageous". The exhibition will last in Prague until September of this year.
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