When you enter the Jiri Svestka Gallery, a warehouse art space at the end of a quiet Prague street, you have the feeling you've escaped into a peaceful, light-filled oasis. And usually it is just that. But, ever since the opening of a young Czech artist's exhibit - which the staff has to "turn on" - the art work has taken on a deafening life of its own.
The largest Paris private photo-gallery - Galerie VU is currently featuring selection of its collections in the Prague Langhans Gallery. What you can see there is work of 28 contemporary photographers from different countries of the world. As the Langhans Gallery spokeswoman Dagmar Cujanova says, it is the first time they decided to present another commercial gallery in their rooms.
In a whirl of smoke and mirrors, the Czech Republic acquired its most valuable manuscript for generations on Thursday. A mystery bidder, who turned out to be working for the Czech National Library, paid nine million crowns (around four hundred thousand US dollars) to buy a unique medieval manuscript - the Chronicle of Dalimil - that relates the history of Bohemia. Rosie Johnston has been following the story, and asked Czech Radio's Jan Krelina in Paris about the sale
Like many cities, Prague has more than its fair share of graffiti. It's certainly one of the more visible changes in the appearance of the Czech capital since the fall of communism. Many people are appalled by the increase in graffiti around Prague, which can often be seen defacing the beautiful facades of the city's historical buildings. It is hardly surprising therefore that tough legislation introduced a few years ago, which made it possible to send graffiti artists to prison won widespread support here. Despite the tougher laws, however, graffiti
Post-War travellers Jiri Hanzelka and Miroslav Zikmund are extremely well-known in the Czech Republic and elsewhere for their travel reporting and best selling books. Jiri Hanzelka passed away two years ago but Mr Zikmund is still going strong at 86; on Thursday he opened an exhibition of their photographs at Prague Castle, and spoke to Radio Prague about the two men's travels and international fame.
American General George Smith Patton was a key figure in the Second World War. His name is bound up especially with the liberation of Western Czechoslovakia. Between the 5th and the 8th of May 1945, his forces were responsible for liberating the city of Plzen. To honour the sixtieth anniversary of this event, the Plzen authorities have commissioned a statue of the General. But now they are in turmoil, as the sculptor they have chosen to design it doesn't quite fit the mould. Rosie Johnston has more...
Furry mammoths with long white tusks wading through snow, a hairy stone-age man chopping wood with a hand-axe... Several generations of Czechs have grown up daydreaming over these photo-like paintings of prehistoric animals and people. The Czech artist Zdenek Burian, one of the great illustrators and painters of prehistoric life, was born a hundred years ago. Even in this age of computer generated images, Zdenek Burian remains unmatched.
Prague Rudolfinum Galery last week opened an exhibition of a very remarkable, though almost unknown Czech artist - Alen Divis. He is a significant artistic figure from the first half of 20th century, who was researched very little up until today. The exhibition at the Rudolfinum presents his work for the first time, and gives an overview of his life.
The Police Museum in Prague is currently holding a rather unusual exhibition that is attracting record crowds. It looks at prostitution in Prague at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and at how the police tackled the problem in those days. On display are photos, police files, posters and also a number of curiosities.
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