Presenting side-by-side the work of two creative types who never met, lived in different countries and expressed themselves through different mediums sounds like the act of a desperate curator. But Two Geniuses now showing at the Gate Gallery cleverly demonstrates the shared world view of Irish artist Francis Bacon and Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.
It is not uncommon to find artists who came to film from work in other mediums. Some are painters turned filmmakers, while others turned to film from work in theater or writing. Alexander Kluge’s path to film was as strikingly different as his work continues to be. Today, the German director’s work is as radical as ever, and could still serve as a signpost for the young generation of filmmakers.
What began as a local Czech project called Literature Night has now spread from Prague across the continent, with Czech and European authors appearing and having their work read from London to Yerevan. The night is celebrated differently in different locations, whether it’s a showcase of emerging writers in London, Romani writers in Munich, or Czech actors reading from European writing in Prague.
Žižkov has always been a bit different and is often described as ‘Prague’s Brooklyn.’ A series of events and exhibitions under the banner Žižkov Sobě — roughly meaning Žižkov to itself — enbraces the dictrict’s uniqueness. The festival includes street theater, music and photo exhibits.