Painter, illustrator, animator, and caricaturist, Adolf Born has died in Prague at the age of 85. The news was released by his daughter Erika. Born was known for his humorous and grotesque caricatures and illustrations. He won many prizes, including the caricaturist of the year award at the 1974 Montreal World Fair. He illustrated more than 250 books. He also turned his hand to animated films and was best known for the Mach and Šebestová cartoon series. He was awarded a prize for his lifetime work at the Anifilm festival in 2013.
This years’ Magnesia Litera Award for best blog went to Humans of Prague, a website featuring street portraits and interviews collected in the streets of the Czech capital. Established three years ago by Tomáš Princ, the blog has to this day featured over one thousand portraits and has attracted over 88,000 Facebook followers.
Today it is easy to forget that Prague’s Letná Park overlooking the city once served as a pedestal to the largest statue in the world of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Derisively referred to as ‘fronta na maso’ (queue for meat), the massive granite work featured the marshal followed by a line of anonymous ‘heroes of the proletariat’. Prague was freed of the sculptural monstrosity in 1962; now, thanks to a film crew shooting the story of sculptor Otakar Švec, Stalin will temporarily return.
An exhibition which opens to the public on Sunday at the Wallenstein Riding School presents over 200 artefacts documenting Charles IV’s legacy in a European context, including the crown that Charles IV had made for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in 1349. One of the most complex exhibitions on the life, legacy and times of Charles IV was organised by the National Gallery in Prague and the House of Bavarian History in collaboration with the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe at the Lepizig University.
A painting by Jan Zrzavý called Fantastic Landscape has sold for a record price at a Czech auction. The painting was sold for 12 million crowns at an auction by the Gallery Ustar, the highest price ever paid for a Zrzavý painting in the Czech Republic. Fantastic Landscape was part of a private collection and had never been exhibited. According to experts it was painted between 1910 and 1913.
The 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV is being marked by a wide range of events including exhibitions, conferences, lectures and gatherings. Prague Castle alone has organized seven exhibitions to mark the occasion. The National Gallery has organized an exhibition on Charles IV at the Wallenstein Riding School which presents over 200 artefacts documenting Charles IV’s legacy in a European context, including the crown that Charles IV had made for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor. As of Sunday May 15th the public will also have the chance to admire the crown jewels which are only shown on special occasions. Czech Radio is throwing a birthday party for Charles IV at Letna, from 4pm till midnight on Saturday.
Kateřina Čapková heads the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass, a not-for-profit organisation promoting excellence in glassmaking as well as offering a prestigious international award since 2008 which has attracted attention worldwide. The gallery also boasts a small depository and permanent collection – anyone interested in glass works should visit.
Arches in Prague’s Negrelli Viaduct in the city’s Karlín district are to be converted into bars, galleries and even a cinema during the summer months, according to plans outlined by organisers the Centre for Central European Architecture. The iDnes.cz news site reported that arches that currently serve as car parks at the corner of Křižíkova and Sokolovská streets are to be refitted between June and October. The Negrelli Viaduct is the oldest rail bridge across the Vltava and was the longest viaduct in Europe until 1910.
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