THEMATIC GUIDED WALKS


Following walks have been prepared with the help of local guides and historians and are free for participants of the Conference and accompanying persons. 

Each walk has a limited number of participants, therefore it is advised to book as soon as possible via the Online registration form.

Further details will follow, a change in the schedule is possible.

 

Thematic guided walk No. 1        

Topic:         Monuments in the city after 1989
Date:             Thursday, 30 August 2012 at 18:30  SOLD OUT
                       Saturday, 1 September 2012 at 18:30 AVAILABLE (No. 17 - on request)
Start:             18:30
Language:     English
Guide:            Zdeněk Hojda

  

A monument is an important town-building element. It occupies public space and was erected to symbolize either common values or interests of a certain group of people (however, this is true only in a democratic society). A network of monuments in a city demonstrates prevailing or consencual view of the past, one monument can even offer an interpretation of a historical phenomenon. The excursion will show how „the monumental landscape“ of Prague after 1989 has changed (and still has been changing). Some monuments of the ancien régime were removed, many new monuments emerged. During the walk through Prague we will discover strategies how the old injustices have been and are being remedied. We can divide the monuments we will see into three groups: firstly, the reinstalled statues existing once before. Secondly, completely new monuments built aiming to „correct“ the history and to justify persons or events who had been neglected for long time. Thirdly, new places of memory with new „heroes“.

 

Thematic guided walk No. 2        

Topic:         Architecture of Socialist Consumerism
Date:             Thursday, 30 August 2012 at 18:30   SOLD OUT
                       Saturday, 1 September 2012 at 18:30 SOLD OUT (No. 13)
Language:     English
Guide:            Josef Ledvina

 

There is very little sympathy among the historians and theoreticians of architecture for the countless shopping malls built during the last two decades in or nearby the historical centre of Prague. This stands in stark contrast to their predilection for the architecture of department stores built in the very heart of the city in the 70s of the 20th century. Considered as prime and rare examples of innovative architecture from the innovation hostile period of so called normalization, department stores Máj and Kotva are now included virtually in every survey of the postwar architectural development. We will see what stands behind their rather unexpected success.  

 

 

Thematic guided walk No. 3        SOLD OUT

Topic:         The Royal Garden and the Royal Summer Palace at the Prague Castle
Date:
             Thursday, 30 August 2012
Start:             18:30
Language:     English


Royal Garden was laid out in 1534 on the orders of the Habsburg Ferdinand I. From the owners he gradually bought old vineyards beyond the valley of the Brusnice stream and had a Renaissance garden laid out here, which later became famous for its rare botanical specimens and the exotic plants gained from distant countries. From the very beginning there were situated a number of buildings serving the entertainment of the nobility: the Ball Game Pavilion, the Royal Summer House, the Lion Court. Currently the garden follows the tradition of an "English-style" park created in the mid 19th century, but it also contains elements of Renaissance character (giardinetto near the Royal Summer House) as well as Baroque elements (ornamental flower beds). It can be approached via four entrances, the western gates from the street U Prasneho mostu (By the Powder Bridge), the northern gate near the Royal Summer Palace and the eastern gate from the Chotek Park.

 


Thematic guided walk No. 4        SOLD OUT

Topic:         Panel apartment buildings of Southwestern Prague
Date:
             Saturday, 1 September 2012
Start:             18:30
Language:     English
Guide:            Eva Novotná

  

  

Thematic guided walk No. 5        SOLD OUT

Topic:         Prague Cubism
Date:
             Saturday, 1 September 2012
Start:             18:30
Language:     English
Guide:            

 

 

Thematic guided walk No. 6        SOLD OUT

Topic:         Plecnik´s South Gardens of Prague Castle tour

Date:             Sunday, 2 September 2012
Start:             10:00
Language:     English
Guide:            Zdeněk Lukeš

  

A one-hour tour through two gardens of Prague Castle created during the 1920s by famous Slovinian architect Josef Plecnik (1872-1956) for Mr. Thomas Garrigue Masaryk - the first president of Czechoslovakia. These gardens - Garden of Paradise and Garden on the Ramparts - were sensitively restored to the original condition after the Velvet Revolution and received Carlo Scarpa International Award for World´s Best Historical Gardens in 2002. Participants will have a chance to see the Prague lanscape from different vistas during the tour.

 

 

Thematic guided walk No. 7        SOLD OUT

Topic:         3D Langweil Model of Prague with commentary
                  at the City of Prague Museum

Date:
             Sunday, 2 September 2012
Start:             10:00
Language:     English
Guide:               

 

The Langweil model of Prague as a three-dimensional illustration of the city is a unique work of art unlike any other in the world.

The model made from paperboard on a wooden construction was created in 1826-1837 by Antonín Langweil, an assistant at the university library in the Klementinum.

The model contains over two thousand buildings from the historic heart of Prague in a perfect and realistic state with all the structural and decorative details of the facades.

Approximately half of the buildings in the model were later demolished or radically rebuilt in the real Prague.


Thematic guided walk No. 8        SOLD OUT

Topic:         Guided visit to the National Technical Museum and Letná Gardens
Date:
             Sunday, 2 September 2012
Start:             10:00
Language:     English
Guide:         Michal Novotný
 

The National Technical Museum in Prague was established in 1908. For more than hundred years extensive collections have been assembled, documenting the development of many technical fields, of natural and exact sciences, and of industry in the Czech Lands. In February 2011, after a long process of renovation, the first part of the permanent exhibits was opened: Transport; Astronomy; Printing; Photo Studio; Architecture, Civil Engineering and Design. The last part is particularly important for the urban history of modern Prague. 

The visit to the museum with special attention to the Architecture-exposition will take approx. two hours. After that, there is a chance to enjoy a lovely view of Prague from Letná Gardens in front of the museum and have a walk in the park. 

    

© Národní technické muzeum

 

Thematic guided walk No. 9        SOLD OUT
 

Topic:         Jewish Prague        
Date:
             Sunday, 2 September 2012
Start:             10:00
Language:     English
Guide:            Pavel Sládek

 

 

Thematic guided walk No. 10        SOLD OUT
 

Topic:         Prague historique et architectonique    
Date:
             Sunday, 2 September 2012
Start:             10:00
Language:     French
Guide:            Jakub Štofaník
   

 

 

Thematic guided walk No. 11        AVAILABLE

Topic:         Strahov Monastery Tour
Date:
             Sunday, 2 September 2012
Start:            10:00
Language:    English
Guide:         E. G. Šidlovský

 

The tour will include a visit to the well known Strahov library and other sights of the Strahov monastery complex.

 

 

Thematic guided walk No. 12        SOLD OUT

Topic:         The Vltava river and it's technical historical buildings
Date:
             Saturday, 1 September 2012
Start:            18:30
Language:    English
Guide:         Kryštof Drnek

 

The river Vltava was playing crucial part in Prague's industrial and social history. The river  served as the main source of water, propeller of the Prague's mills and conveyance of ferries, boats and wood rafts. As the natural line dividing city into two halves, the Vltava's banks were gradually occupied by set of industrial buldings, which were not so known or visible like the industrial sites on the city borders, but were irreplaceable for life of Prague's inhabitants.

The tour will be held alongside the river banks and will be showing part of the river's and city's infrastructure – water power station at Štvanice, water towers from late middleage, bridges across the river, the changes of landscape along the river banks, the Vltava's embankment and the water plant in Podolí. Excursion will be completed also with history of replaced and demolished places.

  

 

Thematic guided walk No. 14 and 15        SOLD OUT

Topic:          The Villa Müller
Date:               Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Start:              13:00 (No. 14) and 15:00 (No. 15)
Language:      English
Guide:          local
Location:       Prague 6
Transportation:    by tram No. 18 from the Faculty of Arts (15 mins)
 

The villa for Milada and František Müller in Prague (1928-30) is the chef-d'oeuvre of the international architectural avant-garde. It as an example of the rare concord between an enlightened client and a brilliant architect. František Müller, co-owner of the Kapsa-Müller construction company, was one of the leading lights of Czech society of his day. He had no hesitation in commissioning one of the greatest architects of the time to design his own, representative home - Adolf Loos, who had already been active in Bohemia. This commission allowed Loos to bring his original spatial conception, known as Raumplan, to a rapid culmination. The outfitting of the villa interiors – selected and in many cases designed by the architect himself – was the embodiment of the surprising harmony between modern Functionalism and the classic English style. After an eventful history in the post-war years the Villa was restored in 1997-2000, and opened to the public as a National Cultural Monument.

 

 

Thematic guided walk No. 16        AVAILABLE

Topic:          European Art from the Classical Era to the Close of the Baroque 
                   Exhibition at the Sternberg Palace with a commentary

Date:               Sundday, 2 September 2012
Start:              10:00 
Language:      English
Guide:          local
Location:       Prague 6
Transportation:    by tram No. 22 from the Faculty of Arts (10 mins)


The exhibition in the Sternberg Palace was opened to all the art lovers after an overall installation in the years 2002 and 2003. The first part encompasses the works of art from the ancient Greece and Rome. The first floor exhibition halls further house the famous works of 14th - 16th century art that come from the Konopište Castle collection of Archduke Franz Ferdinand d´Este. It contains the works of older Tuscan masters (B. Daddi, Lorenzo Monaco), the works of Venetian school (Vivarini workshop) and the masterpieces of Florentine Mannerism (A. Bronzino, A. Allori). The icons on display offer the examples of works from the most of the important Mediterranean and East European centres.

 

Thematic guided walk No. 18        

Topic:         Prague Panel Housing Estates Exhibition

Date:             Thursday, 30 August 2012
Start:             18:00
Language:     English
Guide:           Martina Flekačová

 

An exhibition in the Hall of Architects at the Old Town Hall with a commentary.
Further information at http://www.urm.cz/en/clanek/409/prague-panel-housing-estates

 

 

 


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