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A Visit to the Czech Republic

Martin Rosol and Jim Schantz in Prague

This week I had an incredible experience in Prague coordinating a project with Mark Ludwig, Director of the Terezín Music Foundation (TCMF) along with artist Martin Rosol. We installed three of Martin’s pieces at the US Embassy’s American Cultural Center.  Martin created a piece which was presented by the Terezín Music Foundation to Czech Harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, in honor of her contribution to Czech culture and music. TCMF helps raise funds for young composers as well as raise awareness of the work of composers, musicians and artists who were incarcerated at Theresienstadt concentration camp north of Prague during the Second World War. Zuzana is a survivor of the atrocities at Terezín.  Martins work will continue to be featured at the US Embassy’s American Cultural Center for the remainder of May.

While in the Czech Republic, Martin, his wife Hana and I were able to visit Vladena Klumpar at her studio near Zelezny Brod as well as Ivan Novotny’s casting studio. (Vladena’s work is cast and finished at Ivan’s studio.  Glass artists Richard and Lenka Čermák hosted us for dinner one evening and another day, we took a trip to the Libenský  and Brychtová Museum in  Železný Brod.  While in Prague, I also had the opportunity to meet with artist Petr Hora and we talked about an exhibition of his work at the gallery this summer.

~JS





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