Compact archive September 18, 2007

Virgin Mary from Aparecida with Infant Jesus

Since 17.9.2007 there is going to be a facsimile of Virgin Mary from Aparecida with our Prague famous Infant Jesus. The statue of the holy patron of Brazil, which only facsimile in Europe is in Portugal, is going to stand by Infant Jesus side.

The facsimile was manufactured after activity of Brazilian ambassador, mr. Affonso Massot, after his visit of São Paulo last year. His desire to place Virgin Mary from Aparecida into the Church of our Lady Victorious in Prague was influenced by the fact the church is visited by thousands of Brazilians and catholics form all around the world.

Virgin Mary from Aparecida ! Infant Jesus of Prague And what is the story of the original Virgin Mary from Aparecida? According to the legend, in Brazil 1717, the starving fisherman in the time of poor fishery pulled up the net with a headless statue. When they threw the net for the second time, they found a little head. When they put the statue together, they found out it is the Virgin Mary. When They pulled the net for the third time, it was full of fish.


Vestiges of Industry 2007

To present and revive old industrial heritage is the main aim of the biennial Vestiges of Industry 2007. The organizers of this event have prepared a rich programme full of concerts, exhibitions, lectures and discussions.

In the Old Town City Hall you can see unique period photographs from the archive of the National Technical Museum in an exhibition called The Portrait of the Industrial Age (open until 31st October). M Factory in Prague-Holesovice (Osadni 35) will present how old industrial buildings can be transformed and used again (open until 26th September).

Today you can visit a concert of Berg Orchestra called VIDEOart KONtra KLASIKA in the spaces of the former sewage treatment plant (Papirenska 6 street). On Thursday at the same place you can enjoy a concert of Why Not Patterns called Roaring Ramp With Words. For more information about the Vestiges of Industry biennial click here.


First Permanent Movie Theater Opened 100 years ago

Ponerp's cinema - the first movie theather in Prague opened 100 years ago The house At the Blue Pike (U Modré štiky) in the Karlova street was the host of the first movie theater opened in the former Czechoslovakia.

This occasion was celebrated this weekend in Lucerna, the longest – lasting movie theater of Prague. As you can expect, there were no pop-corns and large colas, the visitors of the occasion were given kind, short speeches. Speakers were important chracters of the Czech cinematography, like Zdenek Sverak, and actors, like Kveta Fialkova. The longest-working film projector, Mr. Janovec, who saw probably all the movies during his career, was awarded a price, for his unbelievable 65 years of service.

Topics of the short speeches were also comparison of multiplexes – devices for money and old cinemas – cultural devices. Olga Raitoralová often mentions the fact that the only competition to the multiplexes are art cinemas, but those can be effective to it’s best only in Prague. The best example would be the Aero cinema, that together with Evald, Světozor and MAT form the Axis 9 (Osa 9) association. Osa 9, because of the tram number 9, that connects them.

Tennis star Roger Federer in Prague

Roger Federer is in Prague The current best tennis player Roger Federer is preparing together with his Swiss colleagues to the Davis Cup matches that will take place in Sazka Arena in Prague from Friday to Sunday. All tickets are already sold out.

He devotes his time not only to the training but also exploring Prague. Yesterday he was walking in the Lesser Town, today he plans to see the Prague Castle. Roger Federer and his girlfriend Mirka Vavrinecova are staying in Mandarin hotel. Only hotel guests are allowed to come in the hotel. Roger Federer himself is accompanied with his own bodyguard.

Roger Federer will be playing against the best Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych that is also training in Prague at the moment. According to Berdych’s own words, he feels all right and he’s prepared for the match. His fans were worried about his health after what Berdych retired the fourth-round match of the US Open against Andy Roddick due to breathing problems.

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