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VLADIMÍR ŠKODA: MYSTERIUM COSMOGRAFICUM
The exhibition of Vladimír Škoda, a French sculptor born in Prague (*1942), is being jointly presented by Museum Kampa and Troja Chateau. The concept is inspired by the work of Johannes Kepler Harmonices mundi (1619) which deals with physical harmony between bodies. This retrospect unveils Škoda’s oeuvre from the 70s until present, which can be characterised by diversity of used materials – wires, copper plates or gold-plated, polished, forged and stainless steel.
JAN ZRZAVÝ: OF THE PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
The focus of the exhibition is on the four most important spheres of this legendary Czech artist’s work. His early, joyful, and sometimes also erotic drawings made around World War I were replaced by mainly women’s figures endowed with psychological content. His religious motifs, faces of smiling angels, the Christ and John the Baptist filled with the light of a powerful charismatic secret give the impression of an extraordinary intensity. The last part of the exhibition consists of landscapes both from Brittany and Bohemia, the regions of Vysočina and Ostrava, the Roman Via Appia, and Venice.
MARTIN JANECKÝ: EXPRESSION
This exhibition of the brilliant and enigmatic glass artist Martin Janecký, will introduce his innovative technology known as inside bubble sculpting, which allows him to create exceptionally sophisticated glass sculptures. A must-see for anyone interested in contemporary glass! Bonus: you get to discover a very quiet and picturesque part of Prague, right above the Prague Castle.
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 END OF THE GOLDEN TIMES
In 2018, we commemorate 100 years from the death of two distinguished artists – Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918). The exhibition explores not only Klimt’s influence on Schiele who was his scholar and the history of these art works, the works will also be put in the context of works created by the painter’s peers such as Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956), Alfred Kubin (1877–1959), Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980), Emil Orlik (1870–1932), Carl Otto Czeschky (1878–1960) and Richard Teschner (1879–1948).
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.
OHAD NAHARIN: decadance
For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire includes works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the world’s modern dance theatre. Expect an exceptional, overwhelming, remarkable spectacle.
This year, the legendary Prague Spring music festival offers almost 50 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 main theme of the festival’s dramaturgy will be commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia as well as celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Amongst the many stars of this year’s line up is Sir John Eliot Gardiner with The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and many others.
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.