Russian art works from the private collection of businessman Valery Larionov form the core of the new museum opening in Prague this month. On display will be over 200 paintings — most of which have never been exhibited before and, remarkably, were bought in the Czech Republic — including works by Ilya Repin, Isaak Levitan, Ivan Ajvazovsky and other noted artists.
The vibrant, involved and often whimsical works of Jiří Bureš have captured audiences internationally and in his time spent abroad he created a thriving and financially viable career based on his passion. Upon returning to the Czech Republic, he is still wondering how Czech artists can hope to have the same experience at home with such minimal support.
The 19th World Congress of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races will be held in Prague in 2012. The event, held every two years, shows that the city has earned its place on the international running map. Backers of the event see this as a chance to promote the country both domestically and internationally as a running destination.
Prague was once the darling of filmmakers looking to save money while still using top-notch studio space and locations. But once other countries in the region began to offer tax breaks and upgrade filmmaking infrastructure, many projects went elsewhere. A law on tax incentives was cleared by the EU this summer and already is luring high-profile projects back.
Oliver Stone revisits the financial sector in a belated sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Gordon Gekko is out of jail and looking to get back together with his former state of finances and his family, but this isn’t easy for the disgraced champion of greed. Stone tries to blend real life events with his fictional drama, with more than a bit of grandstanding.
As Facebook’s value grew to billions of dollars, some people involved in its early days want a share of the pie. The story of “The Social Network” unfolds in a law office as various people give depositions that don’t show Facebook's founder to be a very nice person. The main irony in the film is while Facebook has hundreds of millions of users, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have few real friends.