‘Modern Architecture in the Czech Republic 1900-1950. From Art Nouveau and Cubism to Functionalism.’
Venue: RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Time: Thursday 24 September at 1.00pm
Prague was one of the main centres of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe in the beginning of the 20th century. A curious and expressive style was born in Prague in 1911 – Czech Architectural Cubism. In the period between the wars, the Czech Republic was also an important centre of Art Deco, Neo-Classicism (especially the works of world famous Josip Plecnik – the architect of Prague Castle) and also avant-garde Functionalism. After the Communist putsch in 1948 this heroic era ended and was changed for the Stalin Style.The talk and slide show will introduce many examples of all these mentioned styles.
Zdeněk Lukeš Biography
Zdenek Lukes is an architect and historian of architecture. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, and from 1980-1990 worked in the Archive of Architecture of the National Technical Museum in Prague.
He was actively involved in the Velvet Revolution in 1989, and he was part of he was part of the Civic Forum with Vaclav Havel. After the Revolution, Lukes worked in the Office of the President of the Czech Republic helping to revitalize the Prague Castle during Vaclav Havel’s presidency.
Zdenek Lukes has organized numerous exhibitions, including: Josip Plečnik, Ten Centuries of Architecture, Splátka dluhu (Debt Repayment), Architect E. Králíček, Czech Architectonical Cubism or Prague Functionalism. He is the author and co-author of about 50 books on modern architecture, and has written hundreds of expert articles in Czech newspapers (Respect, Revolver Revue, Lidové noviny, Architekt etc). He contributed to broadcasts for Czech Television for the series Ten Centuries of Architecture, as well as to Czech Public Radio and BBC. He is also in charge of columns dedicated to architecture on the webpage Neviditelný pes (Invisible Dog).
In 2014, Professor Lukes was awarded the State order Medal of Merit by the Slovenian President Borut Pahor. Between 2000-2003, Lukes was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University in Liberec. Since 2004, Professor Lukes has been teaching at the New York University in Prague.
Tickets are free, but should be booked in advance as places are limited: http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/modern-architecture-in-the-czech-republic-1900-1950-tickets-18392789328
Queries about the lecture and the exhibition should be directed to Clare Finglas at the RIAI: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01 676 1703