The National Technical Museum in Prague has a new director - in fact, it has its third new director in the space of a week. Oldřich Rambousek resigned from his post on Thursday, only seven days after he was given the position by the Ministry of Culture. Now the office has been filled by a new temporary director to oversee the running of the multi-billion crown institution and an audit looking into missing money and exhibits.
The former director of the National Technical Museum, Horymír Kubíček, who was sacked by the culture minister on Thursday, is suspected of enriching himself at the museum’s expense. The daily Mladá fronta Dnes said the former general director increased his salary several-fold by giving himself undeserved monthly and annual bonuses. The paper wrote that the official was making as much as the country’s president. There are also claims that several exhibits from the museum have gone missing. The culture minister, Jiří Besser, has sent in independent auditors.
Alphonse Mucha’s masterpiece the Slav Epic will not be moved from its temporary home in Moravský Krumlov to Prague for the time being – not before legal questions over its ownership are cleared up- that was the decision by officials on Monday, heeding a call by the painter’s heirs to block anyone from handling the work. The ruling came only hours or so before the first transfer of canvases was to begin; Prague had been hoping to temporarily show them at Veletržní palác.
The name Pete Best became a synonym for nearly man after he was kicked out of The Beatles before they became the biggest band the world had ever seen. The group’s original drummer is currently in Prague to perform at an exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music entitled Beatlemánie, which features original memorabilia and documents how young people in Czechoslovakia, like their peers elsewhere in the world, were thrilled by the explosion of the Fab Four. On the eve of the show, I discussed The Beatles’ continued popularity with Pete Best.
The Dvořák Sec Contemporary Gallery in Prague has filed a suit with the Municipal Court for the protection of a controversial project by the guerrilla art group Ztohoven. Last week, police impounded an exhibit by the group that displayed falsified citizen identification cards. The gallery said on Thursday that it would make every effort to allow the project to be respected as a topical work of art that reflects the period in which it was made. The project, called “Citizen K” (a play on the word “ID card” in Czech) was ostensibly intended to show expose the ease with which personal information can be misused. The members used the falsified IDs to travel, vote and even marry over the course of six months.
Prague's National Museum this week introduced a plan for a complete renovation of its main building, located at the top end of Wenceslas Square, which has long been in urgent need of reconstruction. The National Museum plans to re-open to the public in four years’ time with new exhibition grounds, a lookout from the dome on top of the building and much more.
The National Czech and Slovak Museum in the US city of Cedar Rapids has taken a significant step towards a USD 16-million planned move and expansion, the Chicago Tribune reported. The museum has signed a USD 1 a year lease with the Cedar Rapids authorities that will allow it to move to municipal land located on higher ground. It is currently at a temporary location in the city’s Czech Town district, after its original home was badly flooded in 2008. The National Czech and Slovak Museum is set to reopen in 2012.
On Saturday, the majority of Prague’s museums stayed open past midnight as part of the city’s annual museum night, which drew over 180,000 visitors. Now in its seventh year, the event counted 53 participating institutions, most of which were open from 7 p.m. free of charge. According to the event’s organizers, the number of families in attendance was especially high this year, partly due to the fact that the program featured events for children, as well as special concerts, theater performances and lectures. The capital’s transport authority extended its metro services until 1:30 am to accommodate visitors of museum night; special busses were also in effect.
On Saturday, the majority of Prague’s museums will stay open past midnight as part of the city’s annual museum night, now in its sixth year. Most of the 53 participating institutions will be open to visitors from 7 p.m. free of charge. Special concerts, theater performances and lectures will be part of the program. The capital’s transport authority has extended its metro services until 1:30 am to accommodate visitors of museum night; special busses will also be in effect. Last year, some 180,000 visitors attended the event.
The town of Kutná Hora attracts visitors mainly thanks to its gothic cathedral and its history of silver mining. Now there is another good reason to visit the UNESCO listed town – the recently opened Central Bohemian Art Gallery, in short, GASK. Situated in a former Jesuit College, it has become the second biggest gallery in the Czech Republic.
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