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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!
HYNEK MARTINEC: A VOYAGE TO ICELAND
The set of pictures by Hynek Martinec, a Czech artist based in London, is an illustration of the conceptually formulated game based on a fictive story to build a Baroque cathedral in Iceland in the first half of the 18th century. K. I. Dientzenhofer did not build a cathedral there, yet allegedly preserved set of pictures, which should have decorated the cathedral, is put on display at this exhibition. Approx. 30 pictures and drawings are thematically related with many works from the Baroque collection of the National Gallery in Prague. Martinec´ reinterpretations and paraphrases lead to reviewing of the models and reflection about position of contemporary painting and role of the context.
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.
JIŘÍ KOLÁŘ: THE GRIMACE OF THE CENTURY
Jiří Kolář is one of the most significant Czech fine artists of the second half of the 20th century. He launched his artistic career as autodidact, poet and translator. The exhibition presents a selection of his poetry and fine art works which unveil how unorthodoxically he was able to formulate his opinion on the world. One of the important exhibits is the Diary 1968 – a series of 60 collages which map the dramatical history of that years. This will be accompanied by some almost unknown pieces; some of them are from the National Gallery in Prague, other ones from the Museum Kampa, the Neues Museum Nürnberg and other private collections.
SANTIAGO CALATRAVA: ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Santiago Calatrava - internationally acclaimed architect, sculptor and painter, will introduce himself in Prague by both his free art and his architectural models, making viewers familiar with his most significant realizations scattered throughout the globe. One of his enigmatic works is the New York World Trade Center terminal in the form of massive looming wings, completed in 2016. Calatrava was awarded the Auguste Peret Prize for architecture by the International Union of Architects (1987), golden medal by the American Institute of Architects (2005), and the 2005 European Prize for Architecture. Among other places, he exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
DON GIOVANNI 2018
In the summer of 2018, the Estates Theatre will host performances of the legendary Don Giovanni production directed by Václav Kašlík, which had its premiere in 1969.
Costumes by the Oscar winning Theodor Pištěk; the sets, designed by the father of Laterna Magica Josef Svoboda, inventively encompass the architectural elements of the auditorium itself, integrating the proscenium boxes as the main component of the scenery, and thus capitalising on the fact that the Estates Theatre was the venue of the world premiere of the “Opera of Operas”. The opening night, on 29 October 1787, was conducted by the composer himself.
The Antwoord are coming back after their last tour in Summer of 2017. Luckily, the rumours about their brake up turned out to be false, so we can enjoy yet another of their great shows.
DVORAK PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
From the very beginning the main goal of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival has been to promote the good name of Czech culture via the legacy of the works of Antonín Dvořák, his contemporaries, and his pupils. This year is again packed with great names: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sharon Kam, Camerata Salzburg, Staatskapelle Dresden and many others.
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.