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.
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.
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.
PRAGUE PROMS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Prague Proms is an international music festival, organised by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, covering all music genres. One of the main festival attractions will be Ennio Morricone’s concert at the Smetana Hall. Visitors can also look forward to the world’s foremost jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, the Swedish trombonist, composer and conductor Christian Lindberg, the great jazz-rock pianist Chick Corea, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, the septet Mnozil Brass and many others.