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!
French Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection
"Monet is nothing but an eye, but what an eye." That is how Paul Cézanne appreciated his colleague Claude Monet, who sought to capture an immediate impression in a given moment in his paintings. For him and other Impressionists, a personal experience from the nature or city and plein-air painting were important.
The artworks full of light and colours will be shown at an exhibition, which will present a unique collection of French art from the Ordrupgaard Museumin Denmark. The display will especially show Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley or Camille Pissarro, but the viewer will also be able to see artistic overlaps with other artistic tendencies. Romantic painting will be represented by Eugène Delacroix and the realistic method by Gustave Courbet or the artists of the so-called Barbizon school, such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and Charles-François Daubigny. The outstanding works from the collection of sixty paintings will also include chef d'oeuvres by post-Impressionists Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin.
The retrospective exhibition will present one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) for the first time in the Czech Republic. His distinctive elongated figures, which started to appear in 1947 with L’Homme au doigt, are an instantly recognisable icon of Modern Art. The exhibition was prepared by the National Gallery in Prague and Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti; it brings together over 100 works including, showcasing the full evolution of the artist’s career across five decades.