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Sculptor discovers monument by National Museum was actually dedicated to Jan Palach

A sculptor tasked with reconstructing the communist era pylon in front of the National Museum’s New Building has discovered old documents which show the monument’s author, Czech architect Karel Prager, dedicated it to Jan Palach, who set himself alight and died in 1969, in protest of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The museum is now considering restoring the original memorial.

 
 
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Legendary Czech children’s comics and…

The legendary comics Rychlé Šípy, or Rapid Arrows, by Jaroslav Foglar are making a comeback. Albatros is set re-publish…

 
 
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Tribute to reflect Miloš Forman’s…

This year’s Karlovy Vary film festival will begin with a tribute to the late director Miloš Forman in the form of a…

 
 
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Exploring Roots: Artist Sonya Darrow…

Artist Sonya Darrow spends her time in the Czech Republic and in Iowa, two places where she feels at home. Her…

 
 
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Dálava: Even Czechs don’t know some…

Many musical projects have noteworthy origin stories. But Dálava’s is truly one of a kind. Julia Úlehla and her musical…

 
 
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Non-fiction examination of Czech…

The prestigious Magnesia Litera Award for the Czech book of the year has gone to a work called Opuštěná společnost or…

 
 
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Metallica surprise Czech fans with cult…

Prague has seen many memorable concerts over the years by international artists and a few which were legendary. This…

 
 
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British contemporary art exhibition in…

Art lovers in Prague can now appreciate non-conformity in a remarkable exhibition featuring contemporary avant-garde…

 
 
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Artist Kateřina Šedá aims to restore…

Český Krumlov is one of the country’s top destinations. However, extreme levels of tourism have forced locals out of…

 
 
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Overhaul of national anthem proposed…

Is it time to give the Czech national anthem an update? The Czech Olympic Committee has just unveiled a number of new…

 
 
 
 
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