The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

The building which hosts The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague is located on 17 Listopadu 2 street, near the old Jewish cemetery, in Josefov district, once, before WWII, a thriving centre of Jewish religious, commercial and artistic life. The building is the last public constructions in Prague designed in the Neo-Renaissance style. It was…

Cubist Interior Design in Prague, Czechia 

Cubism, one of the first avant-garde movements in Europe, which drew its inspiration mainly from natural science and from the theories of perception, found an outstandingly fruitful territory in the Czech lands, in the years before WWI.  Here, artists grouped in the Manés Association of Fine Artists, established in 1887 in Prague, on the model…

 Prague Modernisms: From Late Art-Nouveau to Proto-Expressionism 

It is an obvious fact to Prague’s visitor that the architectural ages of this city are in a chronological, synchronic, and diachronic dialogue with each other. The group of constructions in Hradčany follows the passage from Romanesque, through Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and, later, to Historicism (via Classicism), echoing the historical developments of the…

The Municipal House (Obecní dům) in Prague, an Art Nouveau Masterpiece

Obecní dům in Prague, located on Náměstí Republiky, is a multipurpose building constructed in the years 1906-1911 by Antonín Balšánek and Osvlad Polívka. It was built where the King's Court (i.e. the seat of the Bohemian kings) stood in the 14th and 15th century. At the turn of the 20th century, the area around the old…

Late Summer in the Old Bucharest (The Central-Eastern Part of the City)

For the keen walker on the streets of Bucharest, it is always pleasant to discover among rows of concrete buildings, which were eagerly erected throughout the Communist rule, insulated parts of the old, interwar city. One of these areas is located in the central-eastern part of the city (taking into account a map with the…

Color Field Exhibition and other Installations at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, North-West Arkansas

Color Field was an exhibition on display at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, from June 1st to September 30th 2019. It consisted of outdoor sculptures and installations located in the beautiful landscape of the Ozark forest. Of the installations of interest we mention: Amanda Ross-Ho, 'The Character and Shape of Illuminated Things (Facial…

Ruins of the Ancient City of Tomis, near Pontus Euxinus (the Black Sea)

Tomis was a city, most probably built around the 7th century, B.C, by Greek inhabitants of the city of Miletus (located in nowadays Anatolian area). It was first mentioned in recorded history by Memnon of Heraclea Pontis in the context of a war between the Byzantines and the settlers of the nearby city of Callatis…