Czech Philharmonic New Year’s Concert

The New Year’s Concert – music by G. Rossini, G. Donizetti, G. Verdi with soprano Ailyn Perez and bass baritone Adam Plachetka.

The Villa Müller

The villa for Milada and František Müller in Prague (1928-30) is the chef-d’oeuvre of the international architectural avant-garde. It as an example of the rare concord between an enlightened client and a brilliant architect. František Müller, co-owner of the Kapsa-Müller construction company, was one of the leading lights of Czech society of his day.

He had no hesitation in commissioning one of the greatest architects of the time to design his own, representative home – Adolf Loos, who had already been active in Bohemia.

The villa, opened as National Cultural Monument is open on by prior reservation, only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Masters of Rudolf II’s Era

Enlightened private collectors emerged and were instrumental in the return of some artworks from abroad. In addition, collectors purchased more at auctions in the Czech Republic from Czech households which often had no clue about the real treasures that had embellished their walls.

Cruel destiny awaited the famous collection of Rudolph II which was one of the largest ever assembled. As soon as the emperor perished, his brother and successor Matthias took the majority of the collections to Vienna and the rest passed to his younger brothers. Others with access to the castle area also took numerous items. Swedish soldiers finished the destruction when they took the rest to Stockholm to please Queen Christina.

Contact the concierge desk, if you wish to visit the exhibition.

Collegium 1704 – Bach: Magnificat

The first performance of a work which has for centuries lain in some dusty archive is always a cause for great celebration. And when we are dealing with a major composer whose known works have already been researched in detail, such an event arouses expectations many times greater. We shall offer the public Zelenka’s festive Missa Divi Xaverii in counterpoint to Bach’s festive Magnificat. December 15 – 16, 2014

Open the gates of paradise

The purpose of this exhibition project is to introduce to scholars and general audiences the spiritual wealth and material culture of the Benedictine monasteries of the Early and High Middle Ages in Central Europe. The project is also intended to highlight the role of the Order of Saint Benedict in facilitating the acceptance of Christianity by the Central European nations, the adoption of Ancient Christian Mediterranean culture, and the process of the emergence and strengthening of states and statehood in Central Europe.

The exhibition will be structured into sections that will evoke the ideal layout of a Benedictine monastery, as we know it from the famed typological Plan of St. Gall.

Stanislav Libensky Award 2014

Stanislav Libenský is considered as the most outstanding Czech glasswork artist and pedagogist. His works created in collaboration with Jaroslava Brychtová are presented in museums and galleries all over the world. Besides his work, he was teaching at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and he was a director and pedagogist the School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking in Železný Brod where he lived and worked for the majority of of his life.

The exhibition takes place in Dancing House.

 

Blanka Matragi: Timeless / Return of the Phoenix

The world-famous fashion designer, Blanka Matragi, is coming to the Municipal House with a new exhibition, following up on her successful exhibition in 2006. This exhibition held in the Gaming Parlours will present primarily dresses and accessories but also glass, porcelain, sculptures, chandeliers and graphic art among others.

The exhibiton opens on October 7 till December 31, 2014.

Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet is perhaps the best known work in the world. The stage full of graceful ballerinas – swan – hovering above the peak “level” podium belongs to the very basics of ballet classics. The first swans sailed on the world stage as early as 1877.

Prague on November 30, 2014