My friend said, "Zenděk Sýkora is probably the most important Czech painter alive right now, go see his show!" So off I went. Mr. Sýkora is 90 years old and the works assembled represented a retrospective of his life's work. When someone is 90 years old and this productive and vital, it gets my respect automatically, even before I saw his work. Then I also imagined what it's like being an artist during regimes when being an artist was suspect.
My friend Pavel had introduced me to the beauty of these murals at the Cafe Emporio (now called the Cafe Elite) last year. I love this tile mosaic! Apparently, it was installed in a metro station at this spot on Jindřišská Street. Now it is a cafe. Why there is no longer a metro station there, I don't know. But the gorgeous tile mosaics remain. Sýkora's art looks sublime on such a large scale! In the show there was also two other pieces I would love to see in place: a linear installation at the air traffic control facility in Prague and geometric structured pieces covering Letná ventilation shafts.
So... after looking at that gorgeous art do you need a little refreshment? If so, then come with me! I'm heading over to the Grand Orient Cafe housed in the famous House of the Black Madonna designed by the master of Czech cubist architecture. I want to enjoy the outdoor balcony. Spring is bursting out of every windowbox.
My friend Pavel, a former demi-soloist for the National Ballet introduced me to this cafe too.
serve the King of England, cause that's what waiters, at least fictional waiters, do in the Czech Republic.
Hope you enjoyed the break.