Landscape Festival Praha 2015
This year the festival will be held in three locations - Prague 1, Prague 3 and Prague 6
The Prague Landscape Festival has returned for its third year with exhibitions that continue to explore our relationship to public spaces through design, photography, and contemporary art. The project is organized by the Jaroslav Fragner gallery which has specialized in architecture and applied art since its foundation, and is one of only a few galleries in the country that focuses primarily on contemporary architecture. The gallery itself is hosting two exhibitions - Shared Cities the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014, and A History of the Petr Parléř Prize which is dedicated to promoting cooperation between inhabitants and architects; certainly worth a visit.
In Prague 6 at Vítězné náměstí is the lethargically-spirited Sofa Experience which is on a journey around the world ‘collecting stories from the people it encounters along the way‘. A sixty-metre-long urban sofa constructed of interchangeable wedges, this feels more of a victory for concept over aesthetics and looks like a cross between a chaotic catwalk and the type of stages that new cars are placed on in showroom forecourts. It’s a nice idea that may work well in a grand square but fails to look anything but out of place here.
Much more impressive are the exhibitions at the disused Žižkov freight station. There are several exhibitors here including one looking at the revitalization of Prague 3 and another by the students of UMPRUM. The location alone demands a visit, especially if industrial architecture is your thing, but the juxtaposition of the exhibits breathes a new life into a derelict building. I’ve often felt that Prague chooses to ignore its industrial heritage but this festival embraces the truly urban and tells us not to overlook it. A city can’t simply be a combination of classic and modern, it needs to acknowledge its uglier, grimy, workmanlike elements. By utilizing this venue it illustrates that point very well.
The Sofa Experience - Vítězné náměstí, Prague 6
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery - Betlémské náměstí 5a, Prague 1
Žižkov Freight Station - Jana Želivského 2, Prague 3
Malá Inventura celebrates new theater by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
New productions and new trends are in the 15th edition of the festival
Opera review: Viva La Mamma by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Comic staging of an obscure work is aimed at a new generation
Divadlo na Vinohradech to be renovated by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The theater at náměstí Míru will be closed for a complete overhaul
Army Museum at Žižkov to get renovated by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Prague.eu)
Building will be closed for three years for large expansion
National Theatre presents a new staging of Tosca by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The classic opera is back with an updated but subtle production
Prague 1 plans gold pavilion for Mucha paintings by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: arpema.cz)
City Hall and the Prague 1 district have conflicting ideas for the Slav Epic
Plácido Domingo will conduct Don Giovanni by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Raymond Johnston)
Two special performances will mark the 230th anniversary of the premiere in Prague
Live simulcast of Amadeus coming to Aero and Oko by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The play that inspired the film is currently on the stage in London
Prime minister inspects National Museum progress by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: nm.cz)
The museum should partially open to the public in October 2018
Czech-Chinese dance work to premiere at Archa by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Divadlo Archa)
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