Paintings exhibition

Prague Castle Picture Gallery - Rudolphian Beauty

Prague Castle Picture Gallery Rudolphian Beauty There are three traditional ways to look at Rudolph II – as an ineffective ruler, whose mistakes led directly to the Thirty Years’ War, the more gentle one as a great Renaissance art patron, and, finally – an adorer of occult arts and learning, standing as a seeder of the scientific revolution.

Rudolf loved collecting paintings, he spared no expense in acquiring great past masterworks, such as those of Durer and Brueghel. Rudolf’s galleries were the most impressive in Europe at the time, and the greatest collection of mannerism to this day.

As was customary at the time, the collection was private, but friends of the Emperor, artists, and professional scholars were allowed to study it. Regrettably, Rudolf’s successors did not appreciate the collection and it gradually fell into disarray.

The pieces of art collected by Rudolph II were packed and travelled to Vienna very soon after his death, and the rest were plundered by the Swedish armada. But now it is the time when they are, just for a short time, coming back to the authentic setting of Prague castle. It is possible to see four unique pieces – B. Spranger’s and H. Aachen’s paintings, and A. de Vriese statues. They cohere religious and mythological themes together with eroticism, which the Emperor especially favoured.

You can see the exhibition Rudolphian Beauty daily 9 – 18 in the Prague Castle Picture Gallery until 31th March 2008.

Czech Van Gogh, Emil Filla, in Prague

Fiala's exhibition in the Riding house Emil Filla (1882 – 1953) was the leader of the avant-garde movement in Prague between WWI and WWII. A professor at the University of Applied Art, he idolized Vincent van Gogh, Pierre Bonnard and Edvard Munch.

Sometimes called “Czech Van Gogh”, found his style in Cubism. However, he included Expressionism and Surrealism into his paintings, some well-known depicting struggles among animals. Those in reality reflected his anxiety in the pre-war period. He was later imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II. After his release, he began painting more naturally, creating some landscapes, that would be less provocative to the communists.

You can see his retrospective in the Riding school of Prague -(Jizdarna prazského hradu) daily 10–18, until 31. 10. 2007

Painter and Rector Jiri Sopko in Rudolfinum

JIŘÍ SOPKO, picture source: Contemporary painter and rector of Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts Jiri Sopko is one of the most respected artists in the Czech Republic.

Jiri Sopek’s name is inseparably connected to the Czech painting scene from the end of 20th century. Since the 70’s his expressively and emotionally colorful canvasses, that are at the same time ironic, have been a welcomed member to dozens of exhibitions.

His art is commonly classified as the so called Czech Grotesque.

You can see his canvases in Rudolfinum Gallery (Galerie Rudolfinum) everyday except Monday, since 10am until 6pm. The Exhibition ends 18. 11. 2007

Precious painting returns to the Prague Castle after centuries

The valuable painting The Allegory of Turkish Wars, made by Bartholomeus Spranger in 1610, has returned to the Prague Castle Picture Gallery after 360 years. Visitors can see it in the permanent exhibition there.

Spranger worked at the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II. in Prague. Emperor himself ordered the painting, so it was made especially for the collections of Rudolph II. at the Prague Castle.

During the Thirty Years´ Wars, Swedish troops have taken many works of art from Prague as a war booty, including this one. The picture was then lost for several centuries. It was finally discovered in Europe in the 20 th century. Now it belongs to a private collection and it was lent to the Prague Castle Picture Gallery for two years. It has an incalculable value at the present time.

Czech Secession exhibition in Prague

Mucha's Light of Day The Gallery At The Bethlehem Chapel (Galerie U Betlemske kaple) presents the works of Czech artists who created their works in the period between the beginning of 1890s and 1910 in the exhibition called Czech Secession.

The biggest part of the exhibition is devoted to Alfons Mucha, especially to his decorative posters The Flowers and The Times of the Day and posters from his stay in the Czech Republic. Among other authors whose works are presented at the exhibition are Frantisek Kupka, Max Svabinsky or Vojtech Preissig.

The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 until 16th September 2007. The Gallery At The Bethlehem Chapel is situated in Betlemske namesti 8 in the centre of Prague.

Four Spanish Painters exhibition in Prague

From tomorrow paintings by four painters coming from Valencia and Cartagena in Spain will represent the fine arts in the east cost of Spain to the Prague audience.

The exhibition of paintings by Joel Mestre and Santi Tena from Valencia and Angel Mateo Charris and Gonzalo Sicre from Cartagena is organized by the Czech Museum of Fine Arts in Prague together with SpainArt – the Society for the Support of Spanish Art and Cultural Exchange.

The exhibition takes places in Czech Museum of Fine Arts (Husova 21 street) until 23rd September 2007. It’s open daily (except Monday) from 10:00 to 18:00. The entrance fee is 50 CZK.

Mondrian and Kupka' paintings together in Prague's gallery

Famous works of two co-founders of the abstract painting who lived at the same time but never met – Dutch Piet Mondrian and Czech Frantisek Kupka – are displayed in the Museum Kampa in Prague these days.

Visitors can admire 18 paintings by Piet Mondrian from all periods of his life and compare them with the works of Frantisek Kupka. Kupka is maybe not so well known abroad as Mondrian, but his works belongs among pure abstract art.

Museum Kampa (U Sovovych mlynu) is situated near the river Vltava. The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 until 29th July 2007. The curator of this exhibition is Meda Mladkova.

Wallenstein Riding School presents Czech painter Jan Zrzavy

The Wallenstein Riding School presents one of the outstanding painters of the modern art Jan Zrzavy (1890 – 1977). His works come back after a very successful exhibition 17 years ago.

The exhibition displays more than 150 works of art. According to the curator of the exhibition Zuzana Novotna, the main part is focused on Zrzavy’s best known paintings, such as Kleopatra or Antikrist. Other sections pay attention to his drawings, book illustrations or collected pictures of this famous person.

The exhibition is open until 16th September 2007. The entrance fee is 150 CZK (reduced 70 CZK, family 200 CZK). Visitors can buy a calender for 2008 with Zrzavy’s paintings.

Contemporary art in a new gallery in Prague

A new gallery for contemporary Czech and foreign art was opened in Prague. It is called “Galerie 5. patro” (“Gallery 5th floor”) and it is situated in the attic of a house in Myslikova Street in the centre of the city. It is just few steps away from another important gallery, the Manes Exhibition Hall.

The new gallery will organize exhibitions of the contemporary art and photographs, auctions of the works and it will release editions about the authors. It is intended as a space for both the general public and professionals.

The Galerie 5. patro opens with an exhibition called “Trouble Every Day”, presenting three Czech artists, whose common feature is the irony and the cartoon-like character of their works. This selling exhibition will continue till 21st April and the admission is free.

The gallery´s address is Myslikova 9, Prague 1. It is open from Wednesday to Friday between noon and 6 pm, on Saturdays between 11 am and 4 pm.

Prague's exhibition of Ferlinghetti's paintings

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is an American poet and translator. The City of Prague Gallery wants to present him also in the way which is maybe not so typical for him – through his paintings and drawings.

“Some of Ferlinghetti’s works of art are displayed for the first time here, it’s their world’s premiere,” said the director of the gallery, Karel Srp. Ferlinghetti started to create his paintings as well his poems about 50 years ago. His paintings focuses mainly on the themes of love and sex, woman’s body, war, ecology, and political and social themes.

The exhibition is held in the House at the Golden Ring (Dum U Zlateho prstenu) in Tynska street in Prague. It’s open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 until 13th May.

Airbrush Art Festival 2006

Airbrush is a technique where a special spray gun is used to create paintings. The medium (mainly paint or ink) is sprayed – with or without shields or stencils – on the surface to produce required results. Airbrush can be used on various materials and objects, such as cars, helmets, snowboards, linen, leather, paper etc.

For everybody who is interested in this technique or wants to display their own work, the culture house (kulturni dum) in Prague-Ladvi holds an exhibition of works made by Airbrush technique. You can get there by metro red line C, station Ladvi.

The work of best authors from the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Germany, Switzerland and others can be seen on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00. Entrance fee is 50 CZK.

Exhbition of Rudolf Kremlicka's paintings

Rudolf Kremlicka (1886-1932) was one of the founders of Czech modern painting. Dum u Kamenneho zvonu in Old Town Square displays cumulative exposition of his miscellaneous work.

The exhibition offers paintings, drawings and graphics of female nudes and portraits of celebrities, landscapes and still lifes. The exhibition introduces chronologically Kremlicka’s work from his early genre paintings to paintings of nude women during every day things, such as combing their hair, washing, relaxing..

Rudolf Kremlicka’s exhibition is held until Sunday 21st January 2007 every day (except Monday) from 10:00 – 18:00. Standard entrance fee is 100 CZK, reduced 50 CZK.

Exhibition of Czech contemporary paintings

For those who are interested in contemporary paintings, we would like to introduce an exhibition displaying a part of Richard Adam’s private collection which is in its complexity the largest collection of Czech paintings from the 80’s till today. The exhibition called Akne focuses on the works from the last ten years.

The title Akne (Acne) after a painting by Jiri Cernicky may characterize the whole exhibition for its connection with youth and puberty. Some paintings are surprising, provoking, representing innovative motives and made by various techniques and approaches. The exhibition displays lots of paintings made by young generation.

The exhibition held in Rudolfinum Art Gallery is a good example of cooperation of a public institution with a private collector. You can visit the exhibition until 30th December.

Martina Navratilova creates paintings

Famous Czech tennis player Martina Navratilova showed yesterday in Revnice near Prague how she created her paintings thanks to tennis-balls dipped in various colours.

Project Art Grand Slam started in 2000 with the cooperation of Slovak artist Jaraj Kralik. Martina Navratilova created her paintings on Grand Slam Tournament tennis-courts in New York, Melbourne, Paris and London.

The collection of about 100 paintings showing prints of tennis-balls is exhibited in Prague Congress Centre until 22th October. On 18th October Martina Navratilova celebrates her 50th birthday.

Art Nouveau gallery

Today is opening of a new exhibition showing Czech Art Nouveau. It is in Gallery U Betlémské kaple (At the Bethlehem Chapel) at Betlemske square in Prague Old Town.

Gallery presents over one hundred of original paintings by Alfons Mucha, Ludvik Kuba, Vojtech Preissig and Max Svabinsky. Most of paintings is by Alfons Mucha, who painted lithographic posters for actress Sarah Bernard in Paris theatre. Most of Mucha paintings shows her costumes and jewels. Other als shows Mucha colletions Daytimes, the Seasons or Flowers.

The exhibition is oped daily from 10 am to 6 p.m.

Art Nouveau in the Municipal House

Municipal house is one of the greatest examples of Art Nouveau in architecture. From April 26 to September 3, 2006 you can visit the exhibition called Art Nouveau in Croatia which is showing more than 1 000 exhibits.

They illustrate themes from architecture, painting, sculpture, graphic art, graphic design and artist crafts, which include furniture, metal, ceramics and glass design and the fashion of the time.

Admission is 100 CZK for adults, reduced (for students, seniors atc.) is 50 CZK. It is opened daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can to find out more about this exhibition at official pages.