Daniel Pešta’s paintings refute the conventions of classical beauty but their nightmarish imagery can be exquisite.
The founding of the Republic of Czechoslovakia in 1918 also led to a cultural renaissance in the region, with a desire to create a distinctive Czech culture spurring decades of artistic experimentation and creativity.
Last Sunday, the Dutch Poster Museum in Hoorn, The Netherlands, opened its doors for a special exhibition of Czech Modernist posters from the collection of the Lowry Family of New York City.
One of the most difficult things to evoke in an art show is a snapshot of a culture. On the other hand, when I write about zines, I find it difficult to separate the object itself from the ephemeral culture that surrounds it. In Samizdat: The Czech Art of Resistance, 1968-1989, curator Daniela Sneppova brings American viewers in to the heart of a print-based resistance.
Prague itself is like a museum, where contemporary architectural gems are situated next to old landmarks. It’s an embarrassment of riches. One day we walked through Prague’s 10th century castle district, then went down the hill a couple of blocks to find a Frank Gehry-designed office complex, and continued throughout the city to see Baroque, Gothic, Art Nouveau, and Cubist buildings. But if you had to visit just one Prague museum, it would have to be the Veletrzni Palac (Fair Trade Palace), a truly massive collection of Czech and European work originally built in 1925 for trade fairs.