Leoš Válka is one of the founders of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague’s Holešovice district, which in just a few years has become one of the most important institutions of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Válka has a perhaps surprising background for such a significant figure in the Czech art world: for several years he ran a firm in Australia doing maintenance work on high-rise buildings.
The Museum of Water Treatment in the Prague neighborhood of Podolí will be accessible to visitors the entire weekend. It is opening its gates on the occasion of the upcoming World Water Day, which is marked on March 22. The interesting exhibition portrays changes in water treatment and features the original water pump of the Klatovy waterworks from 1830 as well as other rare items. Visitors can see the exhibition Saturday or Sunday between 9:30 a.m. and 16:30 p.m.
Prague City Museum recently put on display a part of the biggest silver treasure ever found in the country. Visitors are able to admire just a fraction of the vast depot of nearly half a ton of silver jewelry, tableware, goblets, coins as well as raw silver, which was hidden in a Prague building some time after the end of WWII. The museum is now trying to find out who hid such a huge treasure, only discovered by accident roughly three years ago.
The legendary 1933 US Double Eagle, the most expensive gold coin ever sold on auction, is to be shown in Prague over the next two days. The coin which is on a seven-nation European tour arrived in Prague on Sunday amidst tight security. The coin is to be shown to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday at Prague’s National Museum. This is the first time that a 1933 double eagle has been publicly exhibited in Europe and the artefact has incited enormous interest. In July 2002 one single 1933 Double Eagle gold coin was sold for a staggering 7, 6 million dollars. The precious gold coin is touring: London, Dublin, Brussels, Prague, Warsaw, Oslo and Helsinki.
The National Museum has opened an exhibition highlighting the personality cult of the first Czechoslovak communist president, Klement Gottwald. The exhibition, named Laboratory of Power, is located in Prague´s Vítkov Memorial which the communist regime turned into a mausoleum for Gottwald after his death in 1953. One of the exhibition’s organizers Marek Junek took me through the underground rooms built for the army of people who took care of the embalmed body for nine long years. He started out by explaining how the memorial underwent a significant
Krištof Kintera is one of the most respected contemporary Czech artists – he was recently given the title Artist of the Year – and his new exhibit offers an insight into his latest work. Provocative, whimsical and daring, the “Výsledky analýzy” show is one of the season’s most interesting exhibits. We take a look ahead of the opening.
A new exhibition at the National Memorial on Vítkov Hill opened on Saturday allowing visitors to visit underground chambers where Czechoslovakia’s first communist president Klement Gottwald was embalmed. The historic site was infamously used as a mausoleum for Gottwald’s body after his death. The exhibition, named The Laboratory of Power, includes a machine room and other chambers where original equipment used in the embalming process was stored. Photographs and slogans are included to evoke the atmosphere of the 1950s – one of darkest periods in Czechoslovak history which followed with the Communist takeover in February 1948.
A new museum in the Czech town of Český Krumlov is to display a wide array of moldavites. The unusual vitreous materials are likely formed during meteor impacts around 15 million years ago. They are dark green colour and are particularly common in central Bohemia. The museum, which is set to open in 2013, has been aided by a five million crown grant from the EU’s Operational Fund. Presently, Český Krumlov, a tourist hot-spot in southern Bohemia, is already home to eight separate museums, reports ČTK.
It can easily be called one of the most important documents in the history of modern science. Gregor Mendel’s priceless manuscript on the inheritance of plant traits, composed in Brno in 1865, opened the door to the field of genetics. This month, after many years of changing hands and much negotiation, it was brought home.
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