The Rudolfinum Gallery, one of the major Prague art halls, has prepared a remarkable exhibition of modern Czech art featuring the work of one of the country's most original visual artists: Frantisek Skala. His small, discarded objects discovered in garbage dumps and transformed into new artefacts create an interesting contradiction to the monumental space of the historic building itself.
On Tuesday, theatre directors, actors and playwrights gathered at the Royal National Theatre in London to pay their last respects to the Czech-born stage photographer, Ivan Kyncl, who died of a heart attack aged 51. Ivan Kyncl was one of many Czech artists whose work is better known abroad than at home and the Czech Republic still owes him an exhibition of his photographs.
Some listeners will already be familiar with the work of Czech artist Lucie Seifertova, the author and illustrator of several successful children's pop-up books in Czech and English. Her books include Magical Prague and last year's Children's Book of the Year: A History of the Brave Czech Nation. The success and popularity of her "history" - a massive single-volume comic - eventually led to a new exhibition now underway at the National Museum. There you can experience writ large the small joys and miseries of cartoon characters who wind their ways
Do you know what the rarest Czechoslovak banknote is? Or where the country's first notes were printed? One person who knows all about that subject is collector Miroslav Krist, the man behind an exhibition of banknotes from around the world currently on at Kozel Chateau, near Pilsen. When I spoke to Mr Krist this week he began by telling me which personalities had figured on the very first Czechoslovak notes.
The US will refrain from introducing import duties on glass and glass products from EU member states, according to the deputy prime minister for the economy Martin Jahn. The move would have led many Czech glass making firms into bankruptcy and Czech officials have made a big effort to persuade the US authorities against it. The US is expected to definitively confirm the decision to the World Trade Organization within the next few hours.
The 1960s Czech movie Sky Riders, the story of the lives, loves and deaths of Czech and Slovak pilots in the Second World War, became a legend. The movie was based on a book of the same name by Filip Jansky and was directed by Filip Polak 36 years ago. Now this movie is the focal point of an exhibition dedicated to Czechoslovak pilots who flew for Britain's Royal Air Force during the war.
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