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20 June 2019THE MAGIC OF PRAGUE: CZECH ART AND CULTURE
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THE MAGIC OF PRAGUE: CZECH ART AND CULTURE Gavin Plumley, lecturer, writer and broadcaster Thursday 20 June 2019

As part of the Habsburg Empire, Prague was beloved of kings and princes. During the 19th century, however, the Czechs sought to reclaim the city for their own. Looking back at ancient mythology they imagined a new future by means of art, architecture, literature and music. From Romanticism to Cubism the Czechs re-conceived various artistic movements in specifically patriotic ways. Looking at painter and decorative artist Alfons Mucha, artist Karel Svoboda and composers Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorak, this talk shows how the Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation.

Note: The Society AGM will begin at 10.45 before this lecture

Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and contributing to newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes worldwide. He is an accredited Arts Society lecturer and lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent talks include the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the National Theatre, the British Museum, the V&A, the Tate and the Neue Galerie in New York as well as The Art Fund and Arts Societies.