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JOSEF x Michael Rittstein
Painter, graphic artist and illustrator Michael Rittstein (b. 1949) is a major Czech artist of the middle generation. He is one of the leading representatives of the Czech expressive figurative painting and since 2001 he is the head Professor of the Painting Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He is represented in numerous major collections such as the National Gallery in Prague, Prague City Gallery, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Albertina in Vienna and in many private collections in the Czech Republic, Europe, and USA.
Hotel JOSEF, in cooperation with Trafo Gallery, exclusively present Michael Rittstein’s latest period of work. Fables are a typical theme for the author – joyful animal creatures naturally enacting everyday human stories. From Rittstein´s paintings people often disappear, in favour of animals in surreal sizes, colours and situations. They posses typical human skills and are usually placed in the picturesque surroundings of the Czech countryside or nature. Regardless of his “saveur de jour” in terms of the subject, what pervades in his work is an unparalleled feeling for colour and layering of the paint. His thoughtful, yet seemingly effortless combination of colours and materials, while he carefully builds perspective and creates impeccable details of the figures and objects, are truly exceptional.
Mr. Rittstein is currently preparing his large retrospect in the Prague Castle in Autumn 2019.
VLADIMIR KOPECKY: CLASH OF COLOURS
The remarkable painter and glass-artist, Vladimír Kopecký began his career as an artist in the 1950s contributing to the phenomenal success of the Czechoslovak pavilion at EXPO 58 in Brussels. In the subsequent years, he carried out lots of works including independent pieces of art, being represented in prestigious Czech and foreign public and private collections. Museum Kampa presents a collection of works from the last two years, the entire installation is conceived as whole by the artist.
THE MAD SILKMAN
ZIKA & LIDA ASCHER
The incredible story of Zika and Lída Ascher who left Czechoslovakia before the break of WW2 and built a textile empire in the United Kingdom which supplied fabrics to the stars of international fashion industry from the 40‘s.
On the occasion of Eva Jiřičná’s eightieth birthday, a retrospective exhibition by this world-renowned Czech architect will be held at the DOX Centre, featuring work spanning her entire professional career. The aim of this multimedia exhibition is to present the process behind the development and construction of various projects by Eva Jiřičná as well as her sources of inspiration. It will include parts of original design documentation for her important projects, architectural models and examples of interior design, as well as films documenting her life and work.The exhibition will also feature a re-installation of the original monumental glass staircase created for the Joan & David boutique in Paris in 1994. Her famous straight and spiral stairways, the first of their kind using glass as a structural element, are not just stairs; they are sculptural works of art. We are fortunate enough to feature such staircase in Hotel Josef!
The ultimate pop icon will perform in Prague as part of his last three-year-long “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” grand tour. Elton’s new stage production brings an unprecedented musical and visual spectacle, showcasing his fifty-year career, full of hits.
PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
In 2019, Prague Spring will offer dozens of concerts that will excite lovers of the big orchestral sound, admirers of chamber music, contemporary music fans, and those who enjoy following the latest trends in the informed interpretation of the music of past eras.
The 74th edition of the festival will traditionally open with the Smetana’s My Country which will be performed by the Bamberg Symphony, conducted by Jakub Hrůša.
The cornerstone of the programme dwells traditionally on great personalities of the world music scene, and top-class orchestras: Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia & Sir Antonio Pappano, New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Jan Lisiecki, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse & violinist Renaud Capuçon, and many others.
There will be numerous accompanying programs and events throughout the city. For more information and tickets please visit the festival's website
One of the best live acts is coming to Prague to promote their new album Simulation Theory. Time for some dance moves on the runway!
Emblematic pop singer Bryan Ferry, who has influenced generations with his music; both classic and contemporary, embodiment of glamorous and romantic worlds, icon of sartorial and personal cool is coming to Prague. The set list draws on material from his whole career, including classics from Roxy Music like Avalon and Jealous Guy, as well as much-loved solo hits like Slave To Love and Don’t Stop The Dance.
Every four years the Prague Quadrennial showcases the best of international Performance Design, Scenography and Theatre Architecture. The 2019 edition's theme is ‘The Golden Triga", a metaphor for the three stages of human life, from youth, through adulthood, to the age of wisdom. From this metaphor three areas, inherent cyclical phases of the creative process, will be explored: Imagination, Transformation and Memory.
KISS & ZZ TOP
Two legends. One stage. Enough said.
Grow a beard, put on your makeup and get wild!