As part of its Modern Czech Classics series, the Karolinum Press has just published a collection of poems by Bohuslav Reynek in English translation. The poet died in 1971 at the age of 79, having spent nearly all his life in the depths of the Czech countryside, but it is only in recent years that he has been rediscovered by a wider readership. For decades, he was derided or at best ignored by the communist regime, not least because of the deeply spiritual quality of his work. Today Reynek is acclaimed not just for his poetry, but also as a visual
Nearly ten years ago, the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side of Manhattan reopened its doors to the public, becoming the seat of the Czech Centre in New York. How difficult is it to attract visitors in a such an extremely busy city? And what is the main focus of its activities? I discussed these questions and more with Barbara Karpetová, who has been in charge of the Czech Centre in New York for nearly three years now:
British Stuckist artist Joe Machine is best known for his raw paintings depicting violence, sex and crime; all images drawing on his childhood. However his exhibition in Prague also shows visitors the long journey he has travelled to find self-understanding and inner peace. Shortly after the opening of the exhibition “From the Gutter to the Stars” I spoke with Joe Machine about his life, his painting and how much has changed over the years.