The last five monumental masterpieces of world renowned Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s “Slav Epic” arrived in Prague already in November — following a protracted battle with a Moravian town that hoped to the keep the series, which is a big tourist draw — and finally opens to the public here on Thursday.
Vladimír Rösel, the new director of the Czech National Gallery, began work in his new post on June 1 with a tough mandate to keep the institution in the artistic spotlight while facing up to dimishing support from the state. Rösel, an economist by training, takes over from the colorful and controversial Milan Knížák.
Two paintings and a sculpture from the National Gallery and the Moravian Gallery on loan to an exhibition in the Austrian capital have been impounded by court bailiffs following a court ruling in favor of the blood plasma technologies and production company Diag Human. The company claims it is owed Kč 8.33 billion by the Czech state. Prague intends to appeal against the court ruling.
Minister of Culture, Jiří Besser (non-affiliated), has named economist Vladimír Rösel as Milan Knížák’s successor as director of the National Gallery. An expert committee headed by Besser recommended Rösel’s candidacy, though some of the members are unhappy with the fact that he has no qualifications in art history and little experience in the art world. Rösel will take up the post on June 1.