The renowned Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek died on Thursday at the age of 91. The news was confirmed by the head of the National Film Archive Michal Bregant. Zoubek is known for numerous important works, including a memorial to the victims of the communist regime at Prague's Újezd. In 1969, Mr Zoubek cast the death mask of student Jan Palach, who used self-immolation to protest against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
As of Wednesday, visitors to Prague have been able to admire a monumental statue by Turner Prize winner Tony Cragg. The bronze object is installed at Náměstí Republiky square in the centre of the city as part of the annual summer festival called Sculpture Line. In all, 22 works by Czech and foreign artists are on view all around the city throughout the summer months.
An ambitious floating exhibition has opened in Prague with the target of at least equalling some of the new style of shows devoted to rock and pop greats such as the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. And who else could be the focus for such a Czech show other than the so-called Golden Voice of Prague or the Sinatra of the East – Karel Gott. The exhibition understandably puts the onus on Gott’s success but also covers some stardom’s costs.
The Czech National Gallery is to get a permanent piece by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei from next year, the institution’s director, Jiří Fajt, said on Tuesday. The courtyard of the gallery’s Kinský Palace building on Prague’s Old Town Square will be home to the artist’s Bicycle Chandelier, a large piece made from Chinese bicycles that has previously seen at other venues in Europe. The National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace at present houses Ai Weiwei’s enormous site specific work Law of the Journey, a recreation of a refugee boat that draws attention to the migrant crisis, and last year showed his Zodiac Heads.
Organisers on Wednesday unveiled details of an exhibition devoted to the life of legendary Czech singer Karel Gott. The exhibition, Karel Gott, My Life ,which opens to the public on June 8 and lasts until September 30, aims to be Prague’s exhibition event of the year. It has been staged in a specially constructed floating exhibition centre on the Vltava river and comprises items from the singer himself, museums, and private collections which illustrate his life and success. The exhibition might later be moved to Germany where Gott has a huge fan base.
The mayor of Prague’s 7 district has written to the Chinese Embassy asking for human bodies which are part of a show, Body The Exhibition, to be buried. The mayor, Jan Čižinský, says the law is clear that human bodies should be buried although these are part of well known exhibition. The embassy has 30 days to reply before the local council takes action, he said. The bodies are currently on show at Prague’s Exhibition Ground. The exhibition, which has travelled worldwide, has previously courted controversy over speculation over the origins of the dissected bodies in China.
The Czech illustrator Miroslav Šašek produced delightful and evocative books that introduced generations of children to some of the world’s great cities and countries. The fact he spent most of his life in exile has meant that his renown is perhaps greater internationally than in his native country. But in recent years that has finally been changing.
A work by the Czech surrealist painter Jindřich Štyrský has sold for a 19 million crowns (over 800,000 dollars), setting a new auction record for the author. The 1925 painting, entitled "A chimney sweep and a snowman", was auctioned off at an art auction in Prague on Sunday. Another three art objects sold at the auction exceeded the price of 10 million crowns.
German artist Gerhard Richter has been described as one of the greatest living painters, who left a mark both in the 20th century and continues to push boundaries with his work even now. Without exaggeration, a retrospective of Mr Richter’s work which opened recently at the National Gallery, is the cultural event of the season, a chance to see work of an artist who has oscilated between pure abstraction and photorealism.