Prague Dog Eat Blog

Vojtech Preissig – For the Republic!

Nov 4, 13:44 (Filed under: Prague events )

At the moment, there is a very interesting exhbition being held in an Art gallery in Clam-Gallas Palace. Clam-Gallas Palace is a beautiful buliding in a barroquian style, situated in Husova Street nr. 20, in Prague 1, in the Old Town, not far from Marianske Square (that one with the main building of the Municipal Library). And in the Palace, there is a quite good Art gallery, where often are held good exhibition. At the moment, there are two of them. One is called Vojtech Preissig – Za republiku! (which could be translated into English as “For the Republic!”), the other one is called Praha – Norinberk/Prag – Nurnberg. Both of them are finishing on 28th of October, so if you want to see them, you should hurry up.

Those exhibitions are not extensive, but they are very interesting, especially that one which shows works by Vojtech Preissig. Vojtech Preissig was an important Czech artist of the first half of the century. He was born in 1873, and later became famous expecially as a graphic Artist, but he also dedicated a lot of his time to typography, ilustration and painting. He spent some time in Paris, then he had his own studion in Prague, but because of some financial troubles, later moved to the U.S., where he was even teaching at Columbia University. Later, he came back to Prague again.

He was a strong patriot and was devouted to his homeland, which he tried to help also through his artistic work. So this special exhibition is held to the 90th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia and presents this particular part of Artist’s wide range of work. He did a lot of postcards, posters and other materials which should help to fight for the good of the Republic. He even did some proposals for the flag of the new state. It is interesting to see it, they quite differ from the actual flag. But what is same, are the colours, as red, white and blue are consider as traditional colours for this country. But on the Preissig’s flags you can find for example four strars – one for Bohemia, one for Moravia, one for Silesia and last one for Slovakia. There is much more to be seen on the exhibition, for example posters he did during the first world war for the U.S. army, to recruit new soldiers, and many other works.

Preissing kept being a strong patriot also during the second world war, which cost him his own life. As a member of an illegal resistance group, he was participating in a publishing of an illegal magazine, cooperating with his daughter, a journalist Irena Bernaskova. In 1940, he was arrested by gestapo, taken to concentration camp Dachau, where he died in 1944. But a lot of his beautiful works survived after him.

Another exhbition which is to be seen is dedicated to contemporary artist from partner cities Prague and Norimberg. If you visit both exhbitions, you will get a sale.

Spot-on comments

* * *

“Alive” Exhibition in Prague

Jul 4, 14:27 (Filed under: Prague events )

Those of you who have come across the Namesti Republiky (yellow line B) know it already. Right there, just few steps from the famous Municipal House, just in front of the new Shopping Mall Palladium, is an amazing photography exhibition.

It is an open air happening and it is for free. Great, isn’t it? Does it remind you something? Maybe the exhibition “The Earth from Above”? Well, you are not far from the truth…

The pictures presented at this exhibition are truly marvelous. They are all quite large photographs of animals from all around the world. From caterpillars to clownfish, from lions to monkeys; it is all there for you to admire. It is really beautiful to see how colorful and wonderful animal creatures are.

However, the “Alive” exhibition is not “only” an exhibition. It is much more than just bunch of nice pictures. The “Alive” exhibition tries to point out how fragile and endangered wildlife is these days only due to human actions. Together with pictures of animals, there are presented facts and figures of how the global environment has changed over time, bringing numbers of species soon to be extinct if we don’t act differently.

The key reason of this great exhibition is not to publish more really stunningly beautiful photographs of wild animals, but rather to enhance public awareness of sustainable development and that living in harmony with the nature is possible. Every one of us can make a difference so every one of us must be the “changer”. There are things in our lifestyle that we can change in order to be “greener” and friendlier to our environment.

So… Be the change! Recycle! Save energy! Use public transportation instead of a car! Walk instead of drive! And… Visit this unique exhibition!

Spot-on comments [1]

* * *

Museums in Prague open at night!

Jun 12, 13:29 (Filed under: Prague events )

Do not miss this unique chance and visit museums in Prague at night. This event is truly extraordinary. Not only are nearly all museums in Prague open at this rare hour but you can get in there for free! Yes, this is no mistake – Prague Museum Night means great exhibitions for free at special opening hours. So make sure you don’t miss it!

So when is it? This year Prague Museum Night takes place just today – on June 14th. It starts at 7 pm and the museums will be open for you till 1 am. And yes, you don’t have to pay a thing since on this very day it is all for free. And where is it? That’s easy – in nearly all museums in Prague, starting with the National Museum, and followed by Jewish Museum in Prague, National Technical Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts, City of Prague Museum, Museum Kampa, and so on.

What’s more, as if this was not great enough, not only museums but also galleries in Prague will be open for free this very night. Just to name few – National Gallery in Prague, City Gallery Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum and many more. Not to mention that in many museums and galleries there will be additional program as well such as concerts, theatre performances and much more. Just come and see.

I would like to point out one more positive thing – to make the traveling between the museums easier, the Prague Public Transportation Company arranged special bus lines which will link all galleries and museums in Prague, and yes, for free again. The central transfer point will be at the square Namesti Jana Palacha, near the subway station Staromestska (green line A). From there you will be able to get to all museums and galleries you want.

Don’t worry that you will not get home since even the subway will exceptionally run till 1:30 am. So enjoy the Museum Night in Prague!

Spot-on comments [1]

* * *

Book world Prague 2008

Apr 18, 14:59 (Filed under: Prague events )

For all those, who are interested in literature, there is one very interesting event, which will be held in Prague from 24th until 27th of April this year already for 14th time. It will take place in the Industrial Palace in Holesovice Exhibition Grounds, which is in Prague 7, Vystaviste tram station, accessible by trams numbers 15, 14, 12 and 15.

The Book world Prague is an event, which is held every year. The publishers present here what they publish, writers sign their new works, there are various workshops and importantly, dedicated readers and book lovers have an opportunity to see what is new in the world of literature, they can buy new fascinating books and also meet and chat with their friends of the same interests. The Book world has specific main themes every year. This time they are following – Love and Passion in Literature, Book and Lifestyle and Egypt – 50 years of Czech Egyptology, plus Literature written in Spanish language, There is also a guest in honor – this time it is Spain, so special programs dedicated to the Spanish literature are being prepared. There will be held the conference called Kafka and Borges, dedicated to those word famous writers, even the widow after Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian writer and translator Maria Komanda de Borges, is to visit Prague. On the whole, there are announced almost 500 quests of the Book world 2008, 51 of them from abroad.

There also will be held already the 7th annual of accompanying program called Book world in the film, starting already on 14th of April – there will be special screenings of film adaptations of literary works in Ponrepo and Atlas Cinemas and also in the Prague French institute and in Vystaviste. And there is the 5th annual of similar program – Book world on the stage, which will present theatre adaptations of literary works.

So if you are a book lover, you may think about visiting the event. The most of the books there as well as program will be obviously in Czech, but there are also will be to found some books and events in other languages, this year mainly in Spanish, but English will be also present here a bit. Plus, it may be interesting, how Czech literary scene looks like.
More information about the Book world 2008 is to be found on www.bookworld.cz, site works both in Czech and English version.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Contemporary Czech Cubism Art Exhibition

Mar 21, 13:33 (Filed under: Prague events )

If you are interested in contemporary Art and you would like to see what is on the Czech scene, you can visit the exhibition called Contemporary Czech Cubism, which is in the second floor of the Prague Old Town Hall on Old Town Square and is opened until 13th of April.

The exhibition is not much extensive, but it presents works by famous names of contemporary Czech Art scene. Of those, whose works are continuing in a tradition set up by one of avant-garde movements – by cubism, which has a strong tradition in the Czech Republic, because here the cubism appeared even in architecture and decorative Arts, which is unique. The authors of the exhibition says that many of today´s Czech artists are trying to overcome current negative trends as postmodern relativism and copying of western models, in doing so, they are going back to the firmness of modernism and they are looking for an inspiration in the home tradition. Today, people often speak about the end of Art, the exhibition is trying to show that Art in the Czech Republic have not yet finished, on the other hand, it is in the full blossom of creativity and the Art is again made to be understandable for ordinary people not just for (pseudo)intellectuals. So this is what is exhibition trying to say and show. You can visit it and make your own opinion. I did not find the exhibition excellent, but if you want to get to know some contemporary Czech Art, this is a way, how to do it, maybe together with visiting another contemporary Art Exhibition – Resetting, dedicated to the painting, in the Municipal Library of Prague.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Matejska Pout Fair Equals Spring in Prague

Mar 13, 14:40 (Filed under: Prague events )

So, Matthews Fair is back! Just like every year around this time. But still, it’s time to celebrate. Why? This means not only joy for all the children in Prague, but also one very important thing – the long and cold winter is finally over and spring is inevitably coming to Prague!

Matthews Fair in Prague is the first sign that spring and spring break is here and that is why everybody loves it. Sure I like skiing and building snowmen but I just love the blooming flowers! And the start of Matthews Fair tells everyone, that this romantic time period is awaiting us soon.

So what exactly is the famous Matthews Fair, “Matejska pout” in Czech? It is without doubt the most popular and biggest fair in Prague, maybe even in the Czech Republic. Besides, it is the first spring fair in Europe. It is a fun park not only for children but for adults too.

You will find here all the amusing attractions possible. There are about 130 of them, no kidding! Just to mention some – roller coasters, houses of horror, Ferris wheels, bumping cars, carousels, shooting galleries, all possible kinds of swings, and tons of other things for which I don’t even know their names. But what I know for sure is that everyone can find there what he or she likes.

In addition to all the fun that the attractions bring, you can enjoy the accompanying program and buy some delicious sweets there – traditional is gingerbread in shapes of hearts with the names of your beloved ones, Turkish honey and cotton candy. But don’t worry. If you want to keep your diet, you can just visit one of many stands with “normal” food which are also available there.

Open is from 10am to 10pm at the weekends. From Tuesdays to Fridays it is open from 2pm to 9pm. Yes, it is closed on Mondays! The last performance will take place on April 13th. The Matthews Fair is on at Prague Exhibition Ground, which is near the tram station Vystaviste (trams 5, 12, 14, 15 and 17), not far from the subway station Nadrazi Holesovice (red line C).

You must pay an entrance fee to the Exhibition Ground which is 10 CZK during working days and 25 CZK at the weekends. The prices for the attractions vary from 20 CZK to 200 CZK. Of course you will pay more for those attractions which tease your adrenalin.

It should be said here that all attractions are checked regularly for its safety.

And one last advice for all men – don’t forget that if you visit Matthews Fair with your lady, it is almost mandatory that you shoot out a paper rose for her! It’s a nice Czech tradition, don’t you agree ladies? ;o)

Spot-on comments

* * *

“Albrecht of Waldstein and his era” exhibition is prolonged until 2nd of March

Feb 8, 14:45 (Filed under: Prague events )

The exhibition “Albrecht of Waldstein and his era” was, because of the extremely high interest of the public, prolonged until 2nd of March, so you still have a change to see it. This is an important event for everyone, who is interested in Czech history, as Albrecht of Waldstein is one of it´s most important figures.

Albrecht of Waldstein was a very controversial person, the commercials for the exhibitions even ask: “was he an angel or a devil?” You probably will not find it out on the exhibition, although you can get to know much more about him here. But what is the most important – you can get to know something about the time he lived in.

There are exhibited various kinds of furniture, cloths, jewels, religious objects, arms and so on from his time. Some of those Albrecht used himself, others are similar to those he might have used. So for example, there is his own traveling chest on one side and on the other there are cloths, which he did not were himself, but he probably had very similar ones. And you can see the halberd, which might have been used to murder him. There are also many portraits of Albrecht of Waldstein, some of them are huge paintings, some of them small engravings, and there are even some statues of him, so visitors can have a good picture how did he look like. But also how did look like the Art of that time in general, because there are also various Art objects from this period.

The exhibition brinks its visitors back to the first half of the 17th century. You can even see such interesting objects from that time as the dolly-house or the very realistic model of a boat, as well as astrological and astronomical instruments.

All of exhibited objects are described both in English and in Czech. They are also screening here an interesting documentary, which reveals a lot of Albrecht´s live, but it is unfortunately only in Czech, without English subtitles.

The place is quite crowded, as many people want to see the exhibition. When we went there on Sunday afternoon, we even had to wait in the line to buy the tickets, but the waiting did not take longer then fifteen minutes.

The exhibition takes place in the most appropriate place – in the riding school of the Waldsteinian palace, which Albrecht built. Opened is daily, from 10 AM to 7 Pm, on Thursdays even until 9 PM. It is very close to Malostranska metro station (green line). The entrance fee is 140 Czk full-price, 90 Czk reduced for seniors and students, and 60 Czk fro children up to 15 years and students of Art schools, children younger then 6 years are for free. Family ticket costs 290 Czk.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Jindrich Streit – photographic exhibition in Prague

Dec 28, 11:34 (Filed under: Prague events )

jindrich streit talent-cz On the 31st of October started an extensive exhibition of Jindrich Streit´s photographs at Stone Bell House, which is part of City Gallery Prague. The old building of the House, situated in Staromestske Square nr. 13, is very interesting on it’s own as it was the most formidable Prague town palace in 14th century, probably used by the king Jan Lucembursky himself. Now there is this photographic exhibition, huge retrospective of Streit´s work, which shows pictures taken between years 1965 – 2005. Jindrich Streit is worldly known documentary photographer, most famous by his pictures of Czech villages of Bruntalsko region in the 1980´s, where he lived himself. He captured there the villages in the time of real socialism, without any romantic or idealizing pathos so characteristic for depicting Czech villages in previous times. But in the communist period, he was persecuted for his work; even his negatives were once confiscated during a house search.

After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he could finally work and exhibit freely. He continued in shooting pictures of Czech villages, but also traveled abroad, for example to France, Hungary or Russia. Although his most exhibited collection of 1990´s was On the way to freedom, showing the pleasantness as well as hell of drug addiction.

This retrospective is pretty extensive and definitely worth of seeing. Streits photographs are full of an admiration for simple human existence and they show a lot of human beauty, even when it is sometimes hidden under dirty clothes or in ugly exteriors.

The exhibition is opened until 3rd of February 2008. Entrance fee is 120 Czk full price, 60 Czk reduced.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Teddy bears and their friends

Dec 3, 13:23 (Filed under: Prague events )

Would you like to return back to your childhood? So visit an exhibition of teddy bears in Prague’s museum at Florenc. Teddy bear, a snuggling and at the same time an inconspicuous plush toy is for majority of us a symbol of years of childhood. If we made a public inquiry about this product it would probably be the most successful little animal of 20th century. Teddy is maybe popular for its good-natured eye which brings to child’s soul peace and calm. Adults reminisce times when hugged it and whispered it their little big joys and troubles. It is necessary to add that teddy bear find a way to little boys’ and girls’ heart more than hundred years ago.

Thanks to the initiator of this exhibition – Mrs. Alena Dolezalova, who on November last year organized in Prague’s Museum successful exhibition “Dolls of our grandmothers”, we can look forward to the great exhibition. At the exhibition you can see about 500 teddy bears and their friends (other little animals) which were created since 1910 to 2000. A. Dolezalova is a member of Collectors of Curiosities Club and she prefers these teddies which she gained as presents from famous persons in 50’s and later. She favours teddies from the first half of 20th century which are mostly German and English provenance. She says: “My first collection teddy bear is from 1910. I got it from one older madam – countess from Chrast by Pilsen. I remember that I liked moveability of its limbs and head, these older teddies (at the beginning of 20th century and at its first half) could be set in motion as a whole so children liked them more.”

The smallest teddy measures 0,5 cm and the biggest 140 cm, is from 1950 and was exhibited in a shop-window of one Prague store.

Now I tell you something from Teddy’s history. Teddy was born on 23th October 1902 in a plush toys factory in Giengen town not far from Ulm in Germany. Original teddies had a simple immovable construction and the new one was equipped by movable limbs to impress naturally. The author is Richard Steiff.

So if you want to see this unusual and unique exhibition come to the main building of museum in Florenc, the address is: Na Porici 52, Prague. Open is daily (except for Mondays) from 9:00 – 18:00. Entrance fees: adults 80 CZK (2,6 €), students, pensioners, disabled persons 30 CZK (1 €) and every first Thursday in month is open until to 20:00 and fees are free for pupils, students and pensioners and for the others it is 1 CZK (0,03 €). The exhibition is being held from 21.11. 2007 – 24.2.2008.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Jindrich Streit – photographic exhibition in Prague

Nov 14, 13:51 (Filed under: Prague events )

Avanesian by Jindrich Streit On 31st of October started an extensive exhibition of Jindrich Streit´s photographs at Stone Bell House, which is part of City Gallery Prague. The old building of the House, situated in Staromestske Square nr. 13, is very interesting by itself, as it was the most formidable Prague town palace in 14th century, probably used by the king Jan Lucembursky himself.

Now there is this photographic exhibition, huge retrospective of Streit´s work, which shows pictures taken between years 1965 – 2005. Jindrich Streit is worldly known documentary photographer, most famous by his pictures of Czech villages of Bruntalsko region in the 1980´s, where he lived himself. He captured there the villages in the time of real socialism, without any romantic or idealizing pathos so characteristic for depicting Czech villages in previous times. But in the communist period, he was persecuted for his work; even his negatives were once confiscated during a house search.

After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he could finally work and exhibit freely. He continued in shooting pictures of Czech villages, but also traveled abroad, for example to France, Hungary or Russia. Although his most exhibited collection of 1990´s was On the way to freedom, showing the pleasantness as well as hell of drug addiction.

This retrospective is pretty extensive and definitely worth of seeing. Streits photographs are full of an admiration for simple human existence and they show a lot of human beauty, even when it is sometimes hidden under dirty clothes or in ugly exteriors.

The exhibition is opened until 3rd of February 2008. Entrance fee is 120 Czk full price, 60 Czk reduced.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Zaostali for ever

Oct 29, 13:45 (Filed under: Prague events )

There is now quite an interesting exhibition to be seen in the exhibition spaces of the Municipal Library, which is a part of the City Gallery Prague. It is called Zaostali for ever (which translated into English means Retarded for ever) and presents work of an interesting group of Czech artists, founded twenty years ago, in 1987. Its members were fine artists Hugo Demartini, Bedrich Dlouhy, Zdenek Beran and Pavel Nesleha, architect Jan Kouba and music composer Jan Klusak. Each of them had his own style, but they were bound together by similar sense of humor. The ironic name Zaostali (Retarded) was chosen to present their will to resist the Art world fashion of their time. In the late 1980´s, in the slowly liberating political atmosphere, were founded some Artistic groups, which intended to use a lot of new media in their work, but members of Zaostali wanted to stay faithful to classical old media – painting, drawing, sculpture.

What is characteristic for Zaostali, is non-conformist and sometimes even shocking arrangement of their works, so for example, in one room you can see paintings arranged on the floor. And also the sense of irony is in general typical for them.
It has no meaning to describe their works here, you must see them. The exhibition is pretty good, so is definitely worth of seeing even for those who are not that much into Art, because works presented here are not “traditional“ and do not lack sense of humor.

The library is situated at Marianske Square, not too far from Staromestska Metro station (green line). But the entrance to the gallery is from Valentinska Street, and the exhibition rooms are situated in the second floor of the building. The exhibition is opened until 25th of November, every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spot-on comments

* * *

How Czechs lived 30 year ago

Oct 8, 12:26 (Filed under: Culture, Prague events )

There is a very interesting exhibition in the Gallery of Prague Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, which is situated at Palachovo namesti (Jan Palach Square), close to Staromestska Metro (green line) or tram (no. 17 and 18) station.
Some of the students of the Academy prepared here an exhibition called Husakovo 3+1 (Husak´s 3+1).

Gustáv Husák was the Czech president in 1975 – 1989, since 1971 he also held a very influential function of the general secretary of the Czech communist party. The illiberal period of his rule, which followed the period of liberalization in the sixties, is known as Normalization.

In the time of Normalization, a lot of uniform slab blockhouses (pre-fabricated, by the USSR) were built. And in this exhibition you can see one of such flats. With everything – there is a kitchen, living room, bedroom, children’s room, small bathroom with a toilet. Everything is so authentic! The furniture, toys, old washing machine, old soap, even old toilet paper and old black and white television screening old stuff from the seventies…

If you are in the Czech Republic for some time already, you have probably seen many of these things as they are still present in a lot of Czechs households, but you have never seen so many of them in one place.

I strongly recommend you to visit the exhibition; it will give you an idea how it looked in Czech households thirty years ago, back in the time of communism. Those slab block flats were quite small so the visit will not take you too much time, and the entrance is for free. Exhibition is opened till 24th of October.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Bollywood Film Festival in Prague

Oct 3, 09:58 (Filed under: Prague events, Film )

Bollywood Film Festival in Prague Once a year, Prague celebrates India’s massive film industry, by organizing Bollywood Film Festival, where we present a wide range of movies that are somehow influential in India. 14 films are screened, among them Krrish (a superhero Krishna has to save a world), Dhoom 2 (policemen Jai and Ali are trying to catch Mr. A all the way to Rio de Janeiro, or Zubeida (young woman fighting for her freedom and her new love).

This year the festival takes place at Svetozor cinema, from 11th to 14th October. It is also a reminder of India’s 60 years of independence anniversary (by the way, the independence celebration already happened on 15th August at Strelecky Ostrov).

The festival started five years ago when several students of Film and TV Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague organized screening of Bollywood movies for other students, and it became so popular that they organized whole festival for the next year.

Svetozor cinema is located at Vodickova 41, very close to the middle of Wencelas Square. There are going to be Indian food served during the festival. Films are in two screening rooms, and the entry fee is either 80 or 100 CZK (3€), depending in which room the movie is going to be shown. The accompanying program includes Bollywood party in P.M. Club; Trojicka 8, and the entrance fee 150 CZK (5 €).

The films are in Czech translation, with English subtitles.

Spot-on comments

* * *

Saturday Vinohrady Grape Harvest Quest

Oct 2, 13:06 (Filed under: Prague events )

Vinobrani Prague Our Saturday objective was to get to Gröbeho vila, drink as many burcaks as possible, and spend the rest of the money on burcak in bottles that we would drink later at home. This pocket money was specially devoted to this event and was taken from a piggy bank. There was a grape harvest festival in Havlickovy Sady, and since I love this young wine, I couldn’t miss this event.

One by one. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day, and to get more thirsty, we didn’t go straight there. We started at Mala Strana and went to Kampa to see the pottery market. There were some nice pottery traditional products, but I enjoyed the beer and the sausage more. Walking on through Kampa island, we crossed the bridge over Vltava. As usual, on one of its island, Strelecky Ostrov, a concert was being prepared for the evening. On the other side of the bridge, dozens of bicyclists quickly reminded us that it’s a Day Without Cars day. Btw all these cyclists seemed in danger in the traffic. Changing our course back to Charles bridge, there was a charitable sale of work all the way down to Karlovy Lazne. Of course, accompanied by beer tents where we had to stop. There was also a jolly music, first jazz, and 50 metres forward, salsa dancing.

Vinobrani Prague2 By the time we got to the Old Town Square, the cyclists outdistanced us and they already gathered at the square. But the young wine quest suddenly seemed so long, we decided to cheat, and we hopped on a tram. On the way, we saw a chopper guys meeting, Black Dogs clan, or something. Once again, when we got to Havlickovy Sady, the bikers outran us and caused a slight turmoil when arriving there.

Finally, when we got there, the real fun begun. I mean, we started drinking burcak. And I’ve never thought how quickly can one glass of burcak bring a smile to one’s face. But the other program was good, too. Lots of mead, roasted pig, lots and lots of traditional products made at the spot, people in historic costumes, entertainers, original medieval beggar, jugglers, castle parade, swordplays, archery range, etc. Ideal for children. And for old children like us, back to the wine quest. The prices were very friendly, 2dcl cup for 18 CZK, or 1 litre for 70 CZK. It was a pity that you could buy red burcak only at one stall, where was an endless queue. We drank a litre there and brought another two home each of us.

Now I can say, Prague is really a wonderful place.

There was even a joke going on, i’ll try to translate: How do people from Moravia segment wines. Into categories: good, not good, good enough for “Praguers“. If you speak some Czech, might make more sense: „Jak deli Moravaci vino? Na da se, neda se, da se Prazakum.“

Spot-on comments

* * *

Older articles |