In this week's Arts we look at two new separate exhibitions opening in and around Prague. The first, at the Hollar gallery on the banks of the Vltava in the Czech capital, opened Wednesday: it brings together work by many of the country's best known graphic designers - who first made their mark some forty years ago. The second exhibition, held just outside of Prague at the Museum of Central Bohemia in Roztoky, also looks at the 60s. It takes something of a playful approach, combining not only a look at Czech glassware and jewellery, but lifestyle
On Tuesday, a crowd of cultural enthusiasts gathered at Prague's Marriott Hotel to get a glimpse into what we can expect from this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. For a start, over 200 films are expected to be screened at the 41st annual festival which will run in the West Bohemian town from June 30th until July 8th.
Visitors to the chapel of St. John of Nepomuk on Jungmann Square in Prague will find an exhibit featuring "The Faces of Havana." Photographer Helena Wilsonova's images were captured in Cuba during a 10-day visit in March 1995, and they will be on display in Prague until May 5th. I recently met with Helena Wilsonova in the chapel gallery to talk about her career as a photographer, and she began by explaining what brought her to Cuba in March 1995.
Three Czech restorers for a well-known Czech restoration company have begun cooperating with the US organisation Save Our Cemeteries to assess overall damages from last year's Hurricane Katrina to one of New Orleans' oldest and most significant cemeteries. So far, funding for the project has been handled privately but the company - known as the Gema Art Group - will be looking for additional funding once full damages are assessed.
Accompanied by a jarring electrical soundtrack and a bewildering laser display, Petra Hauerova took to the stage in Prague's Ponec Theatre last Friday to present her choreographic work, Turning Machine. In a highly technological display, she threw the audience into a distorted world of humanoid forms, humbling onlookers with the sheer power of the illusions created. Hers is one of a number of performances at this year's Czech Dance Platform, now in its 12th year.
Many are familiar with the work of one of the greatest Czech composers, Bohuslav Martinu. Martinu wrote a number of operas in a career that spanned more than half a century. But he wrote only one tragic opera, "The Greek Passion." A new translation of "The Greek Passion" premiered at Prague's historic National Theatre on Thursday night, just in time for Easter.