V. Klaus, E. Filipi or K. Schwarzenberg?

If something is called double-track, it mostly implies that it is hard to coordinate. Czech foreign policy is usually double-track. The Ministry of External Affairs says one thing, the President …

Less is a bore* and more too

Until the end of September you‘ll have an opportunity to meet the Jagiellonian Europe of the dawn of modernity in Kutná Hora. Unfortunately, it’s not the only illuminating exhibition Václav …

Normalization 2012

In the spring of 1990 the Civic Forum had already been ruined as well as the November “revolution”. However, we did not yet know it. Those of us who suspected …

Big trouble with little islands

All the western press seems to be surprised by the intensity of disputes between China and Taiwan on one side and Japan on the other side. These disputes relate to …

Antonín Kratochvíl’s Homelands

Antonín Kratochvíl’s exhibition, entilled Homelands, was held at Prague’s Leica Gallery up until September 9, lt was prepared by photo editor scott Thode from Kratochvíl’s home agency Vll. Thode summarized …

Jan Koblasa’s Retrospective

Jan Koblasa’s retrospective in the Riding School at Prague Castle ended at the end of July. After 21 long years we could see a broad range of work of one …

Geometer of peripheries

Photographer Jan Reich did not live to see the large retrospective of his photographs at Prague Castle. His work was closely connected to Prague and the Czech landscape and you …

Pussy Jesus Riot

Moscow has liked to call itself the Third Rome for centuries and to fulfil such an ambition everything has to be done. Building an empire is one thing, rebuilding it …

About the (non-)sense of the Czech state

Jiří Gruša, one of the most renowned modern Czech thinkers, referred to Prime Minister Nečas as a “gnome without a garden” and to the castle of Václav Klaus as the …

Take that…

After two decades of relative quiet, politically driven art starts to become more powerful again. The young generation’s gratefulness for freedom has gradually changed into a hunch thatn it’s not …

Safe harbor, ahoy!

This week, during questions to government in Parliament, Prime Minister Nečas called the Czech Republic a safe harbor in the rough seas of the financial crisis. The questioning should have …

Garaudy´s last dance

The announcement of the death of the French philosopher Roger Garaudy (98) could be summarised in a short statement such as: „a controversial thinker has died“, if the controversies regarding …