A major new exhibition by the Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei opens in Prague on Thursday evening. The show is centred around an enormous recreation of a lifeboat highlighting the plight of refugees – and Ai told reporters that Europe’s handling of the crisis raised major questions surrounding its values.
The world-famous Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei opened an exhibition created exclusively for the Czech National gallery in Prague on Thursday. The artist’s biggest sculpture ever reflects his concern about the refugee crisis. Called "Law of the Journey", the 70-metre-long (230-foot-long) inflatable boat with 258 oversize refugee figures will be shown in Prague’s Veletržní Palác until the end of the year.
Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei, 59, will return to the Czech Republic in March after a year to display his new artifact created exclusively for the National Gallery in Prague. The artist’s biggest sculpture ever reflects his concern about the refugee crisis. Called "Law of the Journey", the 70-metre-long (230-foot-long) inflatable boat with 258 oversize refugee figures will be shown from March 16 through the rest of the year.
The National Gallery in Prague has selected a new security agency and is likely to sign a new contract soon on the guarding of its buildings and collections, the gallery’s director Jiří Fajt told the Czech News Agency, adding that the gallery premises would re-open on Tuesday. The new contract will be signed for one year only and the National Gallery in the interim will prepare new a tender for security services. The National Gallery had to unexpectedly close its premises during the weekend due to its dispute with the ABAS IPS Management security agency that had withdrawn from a contract. The agency, in charge of security at the National Gallery since October 2016, claims that it is owed money by the institution.
The National Gallery in Prague remains closed to the public. The gallery had to close down all of its buildings on Saturday following a dispute with the security agency guarding the premises. The agency terminated its contract on Friday, claiming that the gallery hasn’t paid for their services. According to the head of the PR and marketing department, Miroslav Krupička, the gallery will try to re-open next week. They will also prolong the validity of the purchased tickets until the end of May.
The National Gallery in Prague has unexpectedly closed down all its premises due to “serious technical and operational reasons”. The information was published on the gallery`s website on Saturday. According to the news site Denik.cz, the move was a result of a terminated contract with the security agency guarding the gallery`s buildings. According to the head of the PR ad marketing department, Miroslav Krupička, the gallery will prolong the validity of the purchased tickets until the end of May. It is not yet clear when the gallery will re-open again.
A major renovation of the army museum at the Military History Institute in Prague is due to begin this year, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence. The three-project is due to cost up to CZK 600 million. The building, which is located at the foot of the city’s Vítkov hill in the Žižkov district, is set to get a new entrance, while there will be twice as much space for exhibitions as at present.
A new book, Fashion Behind the Iron Curtain, released by Olympia and Prague’s Museum of Decorative Arts (UPM) has taken on the task of mapping fashion in Czechoslovakia from 1948 – 1989, a period that followed the Second World War, the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia, a brief window of democracy and freedom and itself was marked by 40 years of totalitarian rule.
Prague’s National Museum will be fully reopened following a major renovation job by the middle of 2020. Work on the institution’s main building will stop in October next year for a large exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, National Museum director Michal Lukeš said on Tuesday. He made the comment after showing Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Culture Minister Daniel Herman around the main building, which at present resembles a construction site. He also said a tunnel was being built from the historical building to the nearby former Federal Assembly, which is also part of the National Museum.
Václav Havel is probably the single most important figure in modern Czech history. Havel was born here in Prague and spent virtually his entire life in the capital. In this programme we will visit a number of spots in the city closely associated with the playwright, dissident and president. And for that we absolutely couldn’t have a better guide than the architect and writer Zdeněk Lukeš, who served under Havel at Prague Castle in the 1990s and in 2016 brought out the excellent guidebook Václav Havel’s Prague.
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