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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.
This already well established festival has once again attracted some hot names fromt the world of electronic, ambient, experimental jazz and contemporary music; names like the British star of electronic music Jon Hopkins, the German producer Sascha Ring with his Apparat project, or the Australian pianist and neo-classical composer Luke Howard. The accompanying program features film screenings and three theatrical performances. For more information and tickets visit the festival's website.
Painter and sinologist Jiří Straka blends the cultural traditions of the Far East and Europe. Having mastered traditional Chinese methods and techniques of the art, he has not let himself get tied down adhering to the rules of the art. Straka works with monochrome ink colours and combines modern art with the tradition of classic Chinese painting. He has exhibited in prestigious galleries such as the 798 Art District in Beijing, the Today Art Museum, the Rudolfinum Gallery or the Museum Kampa.
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!
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
Grammy Award winners who sold over 24 million concert tickets and a total of 38 million CDs and DVDs throughout their carreer are coming to Prague with their new album Come Tomorrow. Madison Garden is already sold out, don't miss their show in Forum Karlin!
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.