The Minister of Culture, Jiří Besser, has appointed a fresh face to the head of the Czech Republic’s National Gallery, that of economist Vladimír Rösel. Though chosen for the position by a selection committee and praised by the minister for having by far the best plan for leading the gallery into the future, critics have been quick to point out his obvious drawback – that he is neither an artist nor an art academic. What’s more, Mr Rösel replaces a huge figure in the Czech art world, Milan Knížák, an artist of world-renown whose 12-year tenure in
Economist Vladimír Rösel has been appointed to head the National Gallery, Minister of Culture Jiří Besser has announced. He will take office on June 1. Mr Besser said that he and the selection committee had chosen someone who was able to take the institution in a new direction. He team, the minister said, had put together by far the most comprehensive concept for developing the National Gallery and opening it up to the world. The ten-member committee reportedly weighed five candidates to replace the outgoing director, well-known public figure Milan Knížák.
A museum documenting the atrocities of the communist era has opened in the border town of Rozvadov,at the site of a former heavily-guarded communist border crossing where many people were shot to death trying to escape to the West. Called Museum of the Iron Curtain, the permanent exhibition offers visitors a glimpse of life under communism, documented on a thousand photographs and some eight hundred artefacts, including a military transmitter and an authentic phone that was the communist president’s hot-line to Moscow.
A selection committee seeking a new general director of the National Gallery has recommended economist Vladimír Rösel to the post, the Czech Press Agency reports. The final decision will rest on Minister of Culture Jiří Besser, who received the ten-member committee’s proposal on Friday morning; a decision on who is to run the institution is expected in the coming days. The committee has reportedly weighed five candidates to replace the outgoing director, well-known public figure Milan Knížák, among them art historian Jiří Fajt and the director of the Moravian Gallery Marek Pokorný. The new director of the National Gallery is to be named by June 1.
The Regional Museum in Mikulov, in southern Moravia, has opened an exhibition of historic scientific instruments once used at the town’s 380-year-old grammar school. The exhibition highlights the beauty of the elaborate antique objects, and it also shows what role the school, founded by the Catholic order of the Piarists in the middle of the Thirty Years’ War, played in the town’s history.
One of the most beautiful towns in Moravia and historically an important location in the Czech Republic is Znojmo - a town whose foundations date back to the 11th century. For centuries Znojmo guarded the regions of southern Moravia, part of an elaborate chain of defending castles along the Dyje River and the border with Austrian lands, developing from a promontory fort to medieval stronghold and local seat of administration for the Přemyslids - the first line of Czech kings. By the mid 1200s Znojmo was dominant, complementing neighbouring castles
The astronomical clock at Prague’s Old Town Square will be stopped on Monday for three weeks due to repairs to the tower. Workers will be redoing the plaster on the tower of the Old Town Hall, which has problems with dampness and affects the machine and dust from the work would otherwise damage the clock. The work is expected to be completed and the clock reset on April 24. One of the many legends around the astronomical clock says that catastrophe awaits if the machine is stopped. Fortunately, three previous repairs in the last 20 years have seen so such problem.
If you want to find out more about the long history of Czechs and Slovaks in the United States, the place to start is The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The museum was devastated by floods in 2008 and some 6,000 flood-damaged volumes from the library are still being painstakingly restored. But the pace of recovery has been remarkably fast, and within the next couple of years, an ambitious project to rebuild and expand the museum should be complete. With it the library will also be up and running once again. In
The National Technical Museum in Prague is reopening after more than four years of renovation work. The opening ceremony on Tuesday night will be attended by President Václav Klaus and chair of the lower house, Miroslava Němcová; the museum will open its doors to the public on Wednesday. People can visit five permanent exhibitions on the history of transport, architecture, astronomy, printing, and others. More expos should be launched in the coming months.
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