Snail poo paper, glowing fibre or fabrics made of metal: these are just some of the hundreds of material samples that can be found in the Library of Materials, located at Prague’s district of Břevnov. The aim of MatériO is to serve as an inspiration for students, designers and other creative professions. They can either search its online database or come to the library to be able to touch the samples stacked on its shelves.
A bust of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria was unveiled in the East Bohemian village of Pohleď on Saturday. It is the first time a Czech municipality has erected a memorial to the ruler in a century, the news website iDnes.cz reported. The monument, which was initiated by the Society for the Revival of the Czech Monarchy, is near a tree that was planted by local people in 1908 on the 60th anniversary of Franz Joseph I’s coronation.
Pavel Fuksa is a highly respected graphic designer and creative director who this week, together with City Hall, unveiled new posters addressing various changes in the capital, including the sidewalk ban on Segways. Fuksa has worked everywhere from Japan to the Middle East and in 2012 he was included on a list of the 20 Best Young Graphic Designers by Computer Arts. He has also done work for the Obama administration, as you’ll find out.
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Prague City Hall has once again opened up the question of where to house the famous Slav Epic by painter Alfons Mucha. On Thursday, mayor Adriana Krnáčová suggested that the series of 20 paintings could temporarily return to the castle of Moravský Krumlov, where they had been on display until 2011. In the meantime, the mayor wants to find a suitable permanent space to exhibit the works.
The mayor of Prague 3, Vladislavova Hujová, has suggested that the masterpiece of Alfons Mucha, the Slav Epic, be exhibited at a specially constructed pavilion on Vitkov hill in the district. She suggested the location would be suitable for such an historic series of paintings. Hujová’s suggestion comes after the central Prague 1 district suggested that the paintings be displayed in the future in its locality at the end of Revoluční street. The world famous artist donated the series of painting to Prague in 1928 but no permanent home for them has been built in the capital.
The Czech jewellery and glass industry is still inextricably linked with the north Bohemian city of Jablonec nad Nisou although the business has gone through a tough couple of decades with the workforce in the sector shrinking to around a third of what is was 20 years ago. It now shows confident signs of revival.
An auction of Prague’s historic Invalidovna complex with a starting price of more 637 million crowns has attracted no bidders. The site was built from 1731 to 1737 to care for war veterans. The tender on the sale was announced in June and drew protest from university academics who warned that the sale and redevelopment of the site could damage its historic value. Invalidovna was used in a number of key scenes in Miloš Forman’s 1984 masterpiece Amadeus.
A biodegradable and washable bag invented by two Czech students will reportedly come onto the Czech market in September. The bag, made from a unique material, is meant as an alternative to one-use plastic bags which negatively impact the environment. The Czech News Agency reported that the designers, who are medical students, launched the project using a crowdfunding campaign; it was funded in just three days.
The Czech art market saw a record Spring season this year, according to preliminary data released by the Czech art investment website artplus.cz. Collectors and investors spent about 570 million crowns at Czech auctions so far in 2016, which is the highest sum in the country’s history. Last year‘s mid-season turnover stood at 480 million crowns. The increase is fuelled by a highly competitive market and increasing quality of the offer. The most expensive painting sold this spring was Josef Čapek’s painting ‘In June’ which sold for 17.5 million crowns.
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