Temporary exhibitions in the Klementinum Gallery

After paying maximum of 80CZK, you get a chance to see two exhibitions of very different kind. The first, called Encounters, introduces two contemporary Czech artists: Rudolf Reidlbauch and Milan Vácha. Reidlbauch’s paintings are nature- oriented, dominated by green or blue, usually dark tones, concentrating on motives of trees, roots, leaves, boughs, etc. The paintings are meditative, atmospheric and though they present some challenge for your imagination, they are accessible, since they seem to draw inspiration from sensual, impressive painting rather than post- modern abstraction.

The combination with Vácha’s works is a successful one. The wooden sculptures are also centred around motives from nature, eggs for example. A dominant work situated in the farther part of the corridor (where the exhibition is placed) is called Czech landscape and it shows a hill with a cross on its peak, a cloudy sky above, this image being captured in a wooden frame, which becomes a part of it.

A floor higher hosts the second exhibition, also covering a long, wide corridor of the building. It introduces an outline of the history of Chinese money- coins and banknotes. The brief commentaries (in English) summarize the path from seashells and various bizarre moneys to the first banknotes. The shapes that were used in different periods of time include flat daggers, coins of different shapes and sizes and, speaking of the later coins, the combinations of coin and calligraphy.

There are many interesting exhibits to be seen, some are very old and extraordinary. As to the second part of the exhibition, special attention is paid to banks, changes of currency in the 20th century and the various forms of banknotes from the PRC years (up until today that is). It is almost characteristic that the Chinese were the first to introduce banknotes and, on the other hand, they introduced the large- scale, western- inspired, machine printing as late as 1908. And it is almost amusing (weren’t the circumstances in fact very serious) to see various Renminbi (the PRC currency) notes with portraits of Mao Zedong, large machines or groups of workers with hysterically happy expressions on their faces.

You may see both the exhibitions until 26th of August in the Klementinum Gallery, which is right beside the entrance which is closer to the Charles Bridge, on the left hand side. It is open daily expect Mondays from 10 AM to 7 PM. See here for more details.

Aug 21, 17:15 (Filed under: Culture )

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