Born in Prague, he lived in Brussels, Stuttgart, Cologne, and later London and Antwerp, meticulously recording his surroundings and reflecting the society around him in his art. Václav or Wenceslaus, or even Wenzel, Hollar sounds like a modern-day European artist, but he actually lived four hundred years ago. Although he was brought up to go into law, Hollar became an etcher and draughtsman, whose work now provides us with beautifully detailed depictions of the people, architecture, landscapes and even a battle that took place in Europe in the seventeenth
The Czech capital boasts many historical monuments but few of its residents realize it is also home to the world’s last preserved pneumatic post. Using simple laws of physics, messages and small parcels were shipped though the system of pipes until the network was severely damaged by the 2002 floods. But now, 125 years since the Prague pneumatic post was first launched, a Czech businessman promises to bring it back.
The well-known Czech-born photographer Josef Koudelka has revoked his donation of his work to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague due to administrative problems. Koudelka, who is 74, had originally planned to donate 366 photographs worth some 72.8 million crowns to the museum but lost patience with five years of complications, and told the Czech media there was apparently no interest in his country of birth. The museum’s director has suggested that the artist’s conditions were too demanding for a gift. Culture Minister Alena Hanáková has said she hopes the situation is a misunderstanding and that both sides will eventually reach an agreement. Josef Koudelka originally came to fame for his photographs of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. He holds duel Czech and French citizenship.
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids reopened its doors to visitors on Saturday, four years and one month after the devastating floods of 2008. The expanded museum was showcased during a two-day celebration over the weekend that included a parade, a video-projection light show, performances by children’s song and dance ensembles and a marionette theatre performance. The museum’s biggest pride is a newly opened exhibition of 230 paintings, sculptures and other works by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha .The restoration of the museum and library was made possible through local, national and international assistance. More than 25 million dollars was raised during a capital campaign for flood recovery, to which the Czech Republic donated 10 million crowns.
The Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa will reopen on July 14, four years after it was damaged by floods. The museum was relocated to a different site and expanded to include new galleries and a theatre. The Czech ambassador to the United States, Petr Gandalovič, plans to attend the opening, the local news website The Gazette reported. Around 25 million dollars were raised for the renovation of the museum, which opened in 1974 to showcase the traditions of Czech and Slovak immigrants to the region. The Czech Republic contributed more than 400,000 dollars to the project.
Curators at the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe on Friday presented a piece of textile which they say was a piece of Jan Hus’ robe, the DPA news agency reported. The museum said the piece was found in the collections of the Musée d'Unterlinden in the French city of Colmar by its researches working on a major exhibition dedicated to the Council of Constance (1414-1418) where Hus was condemned as heretic. The researches said the find proves that Hus was worshiped soon after his death at the stake in 1415.
For first-time visitors the world-famous Konopiště Chateau or Karlštejn Castle are natural choices for daytrips outside of Prague but one destination visitors might want to consider is the royal Czech town of Rakovník, a veritable historic gem found less than 60 kilometres west of the Czech capital. Archaeologists have found that long before it was established as a town, the site of Rakovník and its surroundings, was favoured by tribes as far back as the Stone Age. Finds on display at the local TG Masaryk Museum in Rakovník show some of the oldest
Prague Museum Night kicks off on Saturday evening. Nearly 40 institutions are participating, with a total of 65 spaces open after-hours for the museum night. The event starts at 7 pm and runs until 1 am; special busses are in operation to bring visitors from location to location. Last year, some 180,000 visitors came out for the open night of Prague museums, which takes place for the ninth time this year.
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