71st International Music Festival Prague Spring (May 12 – June 4)

A must for music lovers

Oustanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles from all around the world perform in beautiful historical music halls.

Traditional venue is the Rudolfinum Neo-Renaissance building with Dvořák’s Hall known for excellent acoustics. Opening concert, traditionally My Country by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana is held on May 12 (date of Smetana’s death) in ornate Art Nouveau Municipal House. Both buildings are located in the Old Town.

programme: http://www.festival.cz/en/programme

where: Rudolfinum, Municipal house, (etc.)

when: 2016, May 12 – June 4

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Discovery of Mozart & Salieri composition

Discovery of Mozart and Salieri piece of music considered lost for more than 200 years..

Now on display for the next two weeks (till March 11, 2016)  in Czech Museum of Music where it was found.

You can see it together with so called Mozart’s piano. Mozart played this piano during his first visit to Prague in 1787.

The composition Per la Ricuperata Salute di Offelia was created in 1785 on the occasion of the recuperation of a popular English singer working in Vienna, Nancy Storace.

She was a prized interpreter of Salieri’s and Mozart’s work. De Ponte’s poem tells the story of the singer’s vocal indisposition, which lasted several months.

More about discovery

http://muzeum3000.nm.cz/national-museum-news/a-discovery-of-world-importance

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Ai Weiwei & Circle of Zodiac Heads

Ai Weiwei in Prague

(till August 31, 2016 – National Gallery in Prague, Trade Fair Palace)

Circle of Zodiac Heads, sculptures by renowned Chinese political activist and artist Ai Weiwei, are displayed in front of National Gallery in Prague (Veletrzni palác / Trade Fair Palace) as part of 220th anniversary of this institution.
These are copies of sculptures designed for the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanmingyuan) near Beijing, which were destroyed by foreign troops in 1860 during one of the Opium Wars.
Installation was first shown in New York’s Central Park around the so-called Pulitzer’s Fountain in 2011 and became one of the most famous works of contemporary Chinese art.
Besides Weiwei art you can visit great expositions of Czech 20th century art and amazing collection of French art including Gauguin, Monet, Rodin, Rousseau, Léger, Braque or cubist artist Picasso; all installed in unique modern functionalist architecture.
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700th anniversary of Charles IV’ birth

700th anniversary of Charles IV’ birth

Koláž obr spjatych s Karlem IV

Prague became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire during the reign of Charles IV, King of Bohemia (Czech lands) and Holy Roman Emperor.

Charles was a founder of many monuments and institutions such as Charles University (the oldest university in Central Europe), Charles Bridge, Gothique part of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle or big project of the extension of the Old Town simply called New Town.

On the occasion of 700th anniversary you can book a tour to Carlstejn Castle and visit a unique and richly decorated Chapel of the Holy Cross that has no analogy in concept elsewhere in the world.

This castle was founded by Charles IV as a place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia , Czech crown jewels and holy relics. Castle is located only 30km (18miles) southwest of Prague.

SKREPL & BROCKLEHURST in NOVÁ GALERIE (till 11 April)

NOVÁ GALERIE = NEW GALLERY   http://www.novagalerie.cz

Both this exhibiton  and the whole space of the gallery is a Must See for art lovers. It is larger than you can imagine when you are standing in front of the gallery. It is a lybyrinth full of art of the high quality. Vladimir Skrepl is a professor of Prague Fine Art Academy and Fraser Brocklehurst, is a renowned British artist living in Prague for fifteen years.

Nová Galerie in Prague is a great new exhibition space in neighborhood of Wenceslas Square in Vinohrady , Balbinova street 26.

How to get there? By Tram 11 – Italská

Oskar Kokoschka & Prague; till 28 June 2015

The exhibition of an expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka  is on display in National Gallery in Prague. Selection represents art works created by Kokoschka in 1934-1938 in Czechoslovakia. As a result of the Nazi’s growing power Kokoschka fled Austria for Prague and continued to England in 1938. In 1937 he acquired Czechoslovak citizienship. The exhibition will present a selection of works by Oskar Kokoschka that are on loan from Czech and foreign institutions and private collections. Representative works from Kokoschka’s “Prague” period are exhibited in the framework of Czech art that also reflects his collaboration with Dr. Hugo Feigl’s Gallery and the Mánes Fine Artists’ Society. Other showcased artists include Friedrich Feigl, Bohdan Heřmanský, Willy Nowak, Karel Vogel, Vincenc Makovský, Emil Filla, František Janoušek and Josef Čapek, as well as artists exiled in Czechoslovakia – John Heartfield, Theo Balden, Kurt Lade and Johannes Wüsten.

Reliquary of St. Maurus; Czech Castles & Chateaux Rediscovered and Celebrated. (till 15 March 2015)

Unique 13th century reliquary is on display in Prague Castle Riding.

Nothing was known about the shrine until 1984, when an American named Danny Douglas approached the Czechoslovak embassy in Vienna with a most unusual offer: 250,000 dollars in return for an unspecified art object, hidden in Czechoslovakia.

The communist authorities were baffled at first, but then decided to play along. While holding negotiations, they launched “Operation Antiquity” in search of the mysterious object, eventually outwitting the American.

At the same time, an investigation was launched to make sure the object had not been stolen, or that it wasn’t something of great historical value.

The police searched for the object for more than a year. Some undercover officers even met with Mr Douglas, and got more clues out of him about the object’s location and size. But they still did not know what they were looking for.

Then they found a photo of the reliquary in a 1933 book, and therefore started searching in Bečov chateau.

There, police investigators finally found the shrine in November, 1985, hidden under the floor of the chapel. After the fall of communism, the casket underwent a thorough renovation which was only completed in 2002.

The reliquary was made in Belgium in the 13th century, where an aristocrat, named Beaufort-Spontin, bought it some 600 years later, and brought it to Bečov.

At the end of the Second World War, however, his descendants fled the estate which the authorities later confiscated as German property.

Members of the family took many of their riches with them, but they hid the shrine inside the chateau, hoping to return for it one day.

The Benedictines in the Heart of Europe (till 15 March 2015)

Located in Wallenstein Riding School (Valdštejnská jízdárna); organised by National Gallery in Prague

This outstanding exhibiton is focused on material culture of the Benedictine monasteries in the Middle Ages in Central Europe.

I visited this expo twice. I like the way of the installation which is inspired by the layout of the church, by its main nave and the aisles.

There are legends to each ixhibit in both Czech and English. The legends are very well written so they engage visitor’s interest.

You can find more information about the concept of the exhibition in the following link.

http://vystava-benediktini.cz/en/about-the-project

Barbara Probst – Total Uncertainity; April 24 – July 6

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Barbara Probst works with multiple images of a single scene, taken at the same time using several synchronised cameras.

Barbara Probst was born in Munich in 1964 and lives in both Munich and the United States.

Barbara’s approach breaks down the viewer’s singularity – it is not clear where the viewer is located within the given situation, which viewpoint is “his”.
Probst essentially engages in a sophisticated violation of the viewer’s privacy. Frozen time par excellence, the multiplication of images, unclear boundaries as to where the composition begins and ends, references to the aesthetics and linear narrative of movies – all these are distinctive elements found in the work of Barbara Probst.

Galerie Rudolfinum follows up on its series of solo exhibitions by photographers such as Jürgen Klauke, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Gregory Crewdson and Shirana Shahbazi.

Where: Galerie Rudolfinum, Namesti Jana Palacha
How to get there: tram 17, 18 Staromestka
metro green line A Staromestska
Tickets: 130 / 80 CZK

Jan Kubíček – Retrospective exhibition of the Czech Constructivist artist; April 23 – August 10 2014

Painter Jan Kubíček (1927-2013) ranks amongs the leading representatives of the Czech Constructivist movement.

From an early fascination with the visual aspects of the contemporary city, Kubíček evolved towards the autonomous use of the language of geometry.

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From the mid-1960s onwards his works represent a purely geometrical spirit of structural art.

Kubíček went through Lettrism phase, took photographs and made collages.

This is his first retrospective exhibition in Czech Republic. His works are in both public and private collections all around the word.

Where: Municipal Library, Mariánské náměstí 1, Tue-Sun 10-6 pm
How to get there: 5 min walk from the Old Town Square
Tram 17, 18 Staroměstská
Metro / green line A Staroměstská
Tickets: 120 / 60 CZK