Art and culture

Gianni Russo, Modigliani and women

“Italian, proud to be Italian, but expressly a citizen of the world” This is the statement chosen by Gianni Russo, an artist of fine art and fashion photography as introduction to his personal website. Bewitched by Prague since the velvet revolution years, the Golden...

The hope awards

The Rom condition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, just as in other European countries, represents a social problem of enormous gravity. That makes all the more precious those signals of hope that this situation may improve. At the end of November, the Rom...

In the shadow of the alps

Charles IV’s youth in Italy Charles IV – the emperor who was able to win a period of prestige and prosperity for Prague and Bohemia, in the XIV century – during his lifetime, had very strong ties with Italy. His experience on the Peninsula,...

“My Life? … A tip tap parade”

The famous artist Jiří Korn relates his forty years on stage. Who knows what the ghosts would say, the real ones who sleep among the effigies of the Golem and the silence of the Castle, of the show performances of our Jiří. Perhaps, they...

Hus, a model for the young Mussolini

“Giovanni Hus the veridico”, a work dedicated to the Czech reformist by the future Duce and recently brought to the fore by prof. Pavel Helan Among the various examples and types of relationships between Italy and the Czech Republic since the Medieval period, what...

A Masonic walk in the centre of Prague

While walking along the streets in the centre of Prague, it is difficult to remain unmoved at the beauty of the numerous late 18th and early 20th century buildings with their multicoloured facades, decorated with stucco work and statues; there are, however, a few...

At the Expo 2010 all the colours of Czech Republic

People queuing at five o’clock in the morning to be able to enter, an average of 50,000 visitors per day, the magic threshold of 5 million visitors surpassed in the first half of August. These are only some of the figures highlighting the successful...

“Umberto Eco, can write well, although nothing ingenious”

In view of the next novel by Umberto Eco, “The cemetery of Prague”, we decided to meet Zdenek Frýbort, a legend in literary translation of Italian authors in the Czech Republic. Born nearly 80 years ago in a Moravian village, Frýbort is not only...

“Prague or Moravský Krumlov? The epic which is dividing the country”

There are still polemics on where to place the magnificent pictorial cycle of Alfons Mucha Poor Alfons: he would never have imagined that the monumental paintings, to which he dedicated almost twenty years of his life, would have created a series of polemics. That...

“Our Prisons”

Crossed destinies of Italy and Czech Republic in the shadow of the Spielberg Now that the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy is about to come, it is natural for us to recall some phases of our Risorgimento that had something to do...