This Saturday, the National Museum in Prague will open its newest building to the public, the former Prague bourse, former building of the Federal Parliament, and until only recently, the headquarters for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Located across from the neo-Renaissance National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square, the neighboring glass-and-steel building will house new exhibits starting this autumn.
“Path of Life” is the name of a new exhibition by the Jewish Museum in Prague marking 400 years since the death of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, a 16th century scholar and teacher, the Chief Rabbi of Bohemia. Today, most Czechs remember him not only for being a wise man and a learned scholar, but primarily for being the legendary creator of the Golem, a mythical deed that earned him the status of a national hero.
A TV commercial for a contemporary history exhibition at the National
Museum in Prague won the bronze Film Lion at the annual Cannes Lions
International Advertising Festival in France on Saturday. The clip,
entitled Munich, was made by the Prague-based EURO RSCG agency. It shows an
elderly woman polishing showcases with exhibits, using a glass cleaning
spray. When she gets to the showcase holding the Munich Agreement, she
spits on it instead. Experts say the award is the biggest success for Czech
advertising in the last five years.
The Munich Agreements, signed in September 1938 by leaders of Nazi Germany, Italy, France, and the UK, forced Czechoslovakia into ceding parts of its territory to the Third Reich.
Part of a large art collection that once belonged to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler is dispersed in several Czech museums – often without their curators being aware of it. That’s what researcher Jiří Kuchař discovered after three years of investigation. Following last week’s TV report on the case, a gallery in south Bohemia even removed three statues from public display, citing security reasons.
Nearly 180,000 people took advantage of what is called a “museum night” in Prague on Saturday, when 28 institutions in the Czech capital opened their doors from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission was either free or for a token price. The “museum night” tradition was begun by the National Museum in 2004. Prague is far from the only place to have take part: over five evenings 168 institutions were opened to the public in 113 cities and towns.
An interactive exhibition which is to open at the Jewish Museum in Prague on Thursday promises visitors a chance to revive a centuries’ old legend. A sculpture by the famous Czech artist Petr Nikl invites people to try to figure out the right symbol or word which would breathe life into the famous Prague Golem – a legendary giant allegedly created by the 16th century rabbi Loew.
The U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty on Monday formally handed over the keys of its former headquarters at the top end of Wenceslas Square to the building’s new tenant, the National Museum. The museum, located just across the street and in desperate need of new premises, has big plans for the imposing glass and chrome building. It will house over 3,000 square meters of exhibition rooms, a museum restaurant and shop, and a conference and multimedia room for an audience of nearly 500. The museum is planning to throw its doors open to the public on the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in November. Radio Free Europe has moved to new headquarters on the suburbs of the city for security reasons.
A small piece of history was made on Monday morning as the U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Europe formally handed over the keys to their former headquarters to a new tenant: the National Museum. The iconic steel and glass building a few metres from the top of Wenceslas Square has gone through several incarnations over the decades, but the latest will see its doors finally thrown open to the public.
Saturday’s ‘Museum Night’ in the Czech Republic’s second city, Brno, was a record success, according to organizers. Some 16 institutions took part in the event, opening up more than 30 buildings on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Staff registered more than 151,000 visitors, a figure up by more than 23,000 on last year. The most visited institutions were the Moravian Gallery and Brno Municipal Museum, according to Lenka Němcová, a spokesperson for the event. Several special events were put on as part of the evening, Špílberk Castle in the centre of the city played host to a firework display and special performances. The Museum of Romany Culture also put on a special concert of Romany music. Museum Night was held in the run up to International Museum Day, which falls on May 18.
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