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The Magic of Prague: Czech art and culture Gavin Plumley Wednesday 09 October 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. They imagined a new future by means of art, architecture, literature and music. Looking at painter and decorative artist Alfons Mucha, artist Karel Svoboda and composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, this talk shows how the Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation.

Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster specialising in Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. He appears frequently on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and has lectured at the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Tate, the V&A and the Neue Galerie, New York.

Powder Tower and Municipal House. Image courtesy of Gavin Plumley