Art and culture

The labyrinth of the world and the paradise of the heart

Jan Amos Komenský and the secret-hermetic Rosicrucian Order The English historian and essayist Frances Yates defined Jan Amos Komenský’s “The labyrinth of the world and the paradise of the heart” as “one of the great masterpieces of world literature”. Komenský was a theologian, pedagogue,...

Prague Spring

The new book by Simon Mawer is set in the summer of 1968, the year of hatred and love, the year of the Prague Spring and the Cold War. The protagonists, two English students Ellie and James, decide during their trip to discover Europe...

Il lago

“NováVlna” is a new Italian series of Czech literature, whose name is inspired by the Czech movie “Nouvelle vague” during the Praguian Spring. The first two books published in the series were “Volevo uccidere J. -L Godard” (“How I killed Godard”), by Jan Němec,...

La Cappella Italiana dell’Assunzione della Vergine Maria

La Cappella Italiana dell’Assunzione della Vergine Maria The volume dedicated to the history of the renovation of the Italian Chapel in Prague was published, edited by Francesco Monni, engineer and professor at the Polytechnic University of Marche. The Italian Chapel of the Assumption of...

Come ho incontrato i pesci

Come ho incontrato i pesci Ota Pavel, Translation by Barbara Zane, Keller Editore 2017, 272 p. The novel “Come ho incontrato i pesci” by Ota Pavel, one of the most translated Czech authors, is centered on his childhood. The main themes are fishing, both...

Golden Prague

From December 5th to March 31st Golden Prague Zlatá Praha, Golden Prague, is the title of the exhibition held at the Museum of the City of Prague that takes visitors from the 1860s to the 1890s, thirty years in which the capital experienced extraordinary...

Che ogni cosa trovi il suo posto

Sylvie Richterová’s new novel describes through its main character, Jan Lazar, a complex journey in the history of the last sixty years, addressing existential themes that are inevitably connected to historical events: from the post war period to the fall of Communism, from the...

Una partita a scacchi e la teoria dell’universo simulato

Prague. On a cold autumn evening, three men sit at a table in a café in the city center. They are two scientists: Dominik and Adam, and an IT security expert, Roberto Boris. Dominik and Roberto are intent on playing a blind chess game,...

The house of Cyril Bartoň z Dobenína

1931. A villa in the Bohemian countryside symbolizes the encounter between functionalism and decorative art: the treasure of architect Otakar Novotný The name Barton House quickly makes one with the slightest notions of the history of architecture to think about Buffalo, New York, and...

Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin

From November 16 to March 17, 2019 Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin The National Gallery in Prague hosts at Kinský Palace the exhibition Bonjour, Monsieur Gauguin, from the title of the homonymous painting, one of the most valuable pieces of the museum. The Breton Departmental Museum...