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VLADIMÍR ŠKODA: HARMONICES MUNDI
Although the sculptor Vladimír Škoda lives and works in France, he keeps returning to his homeland quite often and Czech public is not totally unfamiliar with his works. However, his work has not yet been presented in the Czech Republic in such a complex way. Prague City Gallery in cooperation with the Museum Kampa have prepared a unique project with the emphasis on the basic tendencies in his oeuvre. In Troja Château, his works from cold metal (especially steel and stainless steel) enter a dialogue with the abundant structure of Baroque decorations and the local natural scenery. A perfect place to spend a summer day!
The opera Don Giovanni, the Estates Theatre and the long-standing Mozart tradition are among the greatest glories of Prague’s cultural history. The Estates Theatre is globally unique in that it is the one and only preserved and still functional venue where a world premiere of a Mozart opera took place with the composer himself conducting.
FRANTIŠEK KUPKA: 1871-1957
The most extensive exhibition of his work thus far presents Kupka´s oeuvre from his earliest pieces created in 1890´s until his abstract works from the 50s. The exhibition consists of different thematised parts, which help visitors follow his creative journey from symbolism to abstraction. The retrospective exhibition emphasises his symbolist paintings, expressionist portraits, colour verticals, his unique language of colours and shapes, mechanism and geometrical abstraction. Kupka’s works on paper present him as a satirical drawer and a great illustrator, an artist interested in philosophy, religion, antics and science. This is a unique opportunity to see an extraordinary collection of oil paintings, works on paper, graphic prints and documentational material, with loans from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Albertina and other institutions.
A native of Buenos Aires, the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim can be called without exaggeration a living legend of classical music. He visited Czech Republic several times. During his Prague Spring debut in 1966, he was conducting English Chamber Orchestra, other invitations to the festival followed: 1986 (Orchestre de Paris), 2012 (Wiener Philharmoniker,) 2016 (Staatskapelle Berlin), and finally opening concert of the festival in 2017, the unforgettable performance of Smetana’s My Country with Wiener Philharmoniker. In October 2018, he will offer a unique experience as well, by performing piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven.
100 YEARS OF REPUBLIC
A special concert organised by Czech Radio in cooperation with Slovak Radio and TV, playing the Czech and Slovak National Anthem, the Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”.
POST WAR ART: 1945-1989
The new permanent exposition of post-war art will highlight two basic principles of the attitude towards fine art. The first one is the perception of fine art as a bearer of artistic and spiritual values. Paintings, drawings, other works on paper and sculptures will demonstrate the links of post-war art to surrealism, the Paris school, and new poetics of modern life. The second one explores the perception of art work as a part of a social and cultural situation. Different productive and audio-visual means will point at some important topics such as Expo exhibitions, public art, art happenings, design of posters and publication, underground art in the 70s and 80s.
FIRST REPUBLIC: 1918-1938
The new permanent exhibition presents fine art works, design gems and literature pieces which were created within the period of 1918-1938. The exhibits are partially from the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, however, some of them are also from other institutions or private collections.