Sunday, February 2, 2014

Our friend Mrs. TyVole invited her teen son and us to an exhibit of her favorite sculptor's work. "Do you like art galleries?" we asked teen son (who looks an awful lot like Macklemore) over pre-exhibit coffee. "No," he said with a grin, "but mom said I wouldn't get lunch unless I came."

I think he liked it more than he let on, though; we all wandered through it in awe on quiet, curious toes. The showing was a retrospective of Olbram Zoubek's decades of work, held in the former riding school of Prague Castle. It was a fascinating collection of helix-like/disintegrating/frozen-in-motion statues.

Zoubek, a longtime friend of President Vaclav Havel, has been sculpting for 70 years. Probably his most internationally famous piece is the Memorial to the Victims of Communism at the bottom of Petrin Hill.

We read that Zoubek still lives and works on Salmovska Street, which is only a few blocks from our flat. (!) So we may just have to take a gander down it some day.

Outside in the riding school's courtyard, we found some of Zoubek's lovely cement ladies basking in the Prague snow. We were nearly cold enough to freeze in motion, ourselves.

Afterwards, we moseyed through the Castle grounds until our ears and noses couldn't take the sharp winter air anymore. But the views were completely worth it.

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