In Cesky Krumlov “Bajka” exhibition: The Unreal World of Real Design links the works of several contemporary Czech designers in an innovative installation, offering a link between modern art and a dream-like surreal world of flora and fauna.
The exhibition Bajka: The Unreal World of Real Design looks like a cross between modern art and a dream sequence. The show’s title (“bajka”, pronounced [byka], is “fable” in English) refers both to the shared inspiration of the exhibiting designers – the natural world of flora and fauna – and to the peculiar, often surreal way the individual artifacts encounter and communicate with each other.
“Fables are set in nature, but very strange things take place there,” says the curator, adding, “Our goal wasn’t a comprehensive presentation of these designers’ output or a mapping of current trends in Czech design. Rather, we strove to create an inspiring confrontation where design objects of different types, not normally seen in the same room, come face to face.” The authentic environment of the Český Krumlov castle provides an atmospheric setting for this encounter.
The show includes designs from karen feldman, lucie mares and marie silondi, eva and marcel mochalovi, zuzana kubíčková, michaela vrátníková, and petr mikošek.
The show runs from May to October 2010, for more information go to: http://www.exhibition-bajka.com/index_en.php
The newest addition to Prague’s contemporary art scene is the M Factory situated in a refurbished factory. The Krehky Gallery will showcase the “Krehky Limited Edition” (which opened in May) consisting of contemporary Czech glass and porcelain sculptures by Czech artists.
The showcase consists of a panorama of contemporary Czech design with viewings of Czech glass and porcelain. The curatorial concept and selection was made by Jana Zielinski and Jiri Macek for original architecture by Maxim Velcovsky, a new star of European Design.
The Krehky project maps the current landscape of Czech design through its most significant works. Glass and porcelain play a fundamental role due to Czech industrial traditions. The exhibition enables visitors to gain an expansive and emotional look at the beauty of life, but does not abandon the profundity of the history of Czech design.
For more information go to http://www.krehky.cz/
Bohemia Jazz Fest is an open-air festival taking place from from July 13th to the 25th on beautiful medieval squares in seven cities throughout the Czech Republic: Prague, Domazlice, Pilsen, Tabor, Prachatice, Telc and Ceske Budejovice.
The Festival features the top jazz artists from around the world such as: Stanley Clarke Quartet, Yellow Jackets, Roy Hargrove Quintet, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robben Ford, and many others.
All concerts are free of charge. For more information go to http://www.bohemiajazzfest.cz/
Prague is, all at the same time, one of the most modern and classic cities in all of Europe. Lots of films that take place in centuries past are filmed there, taking advantage of its antique style, but at its heart is a bustling metropolis.
If the city’s history isn’t enough to get you over to the Czech Republic, check out these events from the the Czech Tourist Authority, with everything from food festivals to museum exhibits.