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Just issued: The Panelaks) Twenty-Five Housing Estates in the Czech Republic The present volume The Paneláks is one of the results of a five-year research project devoted to mass housing complexes constructed between 1948 a 1989 within the current Czech Republic. It presents twenty-five housing estates (not only of prefabricated panel construction) from all fourteen Czech regions. In its organization, the publication is divided into six chapters on the basis of developmental stages, reflecting changes in the economic, social and cultural conditions as well as the technical possibilities available in construction. At the same time, it draws attention to the circumstances and reasons behind the construction of mass housing estates, the architecture and planning aspects of these complexes, and the personalities of their authors. In addition, six longer studies are included: on the periodization of the development of housing-estate construction, the start of the construction of prefabricated estates and their final end, changes in the demographic character of housing-estate inhabitants, the development of furniture for panel buildings, and a case study of life in Prague’s largest housing estate, Jižní Město.
Just issued: Director’s Choice) The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague Series of Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, London The book has been published by Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers in London in the Director’s Choice series that introduces prominent museums and galleries through the eyes of their directors. This title offers a view of the rich collections held by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague embracing masterpieces from all fields of decorative and applied arts, design and photography. The illustrative selection made by the museum’s director Helena Koenigsmarková is indicative of the development of the arts and crafts from the Gothic and Renaissance periods to the first half of the 20th century, represented by works of Alphonse Mucha, František Drtikol, Pavel Janák, Ladislav Sutnar and many others. Through the stories of these extraordinary objects, the book examines the fates of the museum’s collections in times of social transformation.
Oldřich Rosenbaum/Oldric Royce) A Life in Fashion from Prague to New York Design – Profiles – Key Figures edition series This publication highlights the life and work of the Prague dressmaker and fashion designer Oldřich (Ulrich) Rosenbaum (1896–1991), who in the course of more than seventy years developed an elegant and always highly modern style of clothing for wealthy clients in Czechoslovakia and the United States (where he was known as Oldric Royce), and owned exclusive fashion houses in Prague, Carlsbad, and New York City. The book traces the development of his dressmaking business from its founding by Elisabeth Stein (who married a Rosenbaum), in 1881, to its heyday in the Czechoslovak Republic between the two world wars, its decline beginning with the German occupation from March 1939 to May 1945, including its “aryanization” in the early 1940s, to its nationalization following the Communist takeover in 1948, and even afterwards. Discussing the lives of Rosenbaum’s family members, colleagues, and clients, the publication provides a vivid picture of the Czech-Jewish-German milieu of interwar Prague. The professional activities of Oldric Royce – as Oldřich Rosenbaum called himself after moving to the United States in 1939 – culminated in the founding and operation of a highly successful fashion house in New York City, which earned him professional recognition. Amongst his clientele were politicians’ wives (including First Ladies), well-known actresses like Ginger Rogers and Marlene Dietrich, and some of the richest Americans, like the businesswoman, philanthropist, and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post. The book is based on archival research, interviews with eye-witnesses, period newspapers and magazines, and research in the costume collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, D.C., the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. To help fill out to the picture of Rosenbaum’s life and work, the volume contains more than 180 plates, including photos of dresses from the collections of the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
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The Fashion House of Arnoštka Roubíčková 1919-1943) From its establishment in 1909, the fashion house operated by Arnoštka Roubíčková was one of the most prominent dress-making salons in Prague. It was at the height of its fame in the 1920s, in the period of the Art Deco style, but maintained its high standards and excellent reputation until its closure during the Nazi occupation. The study authored by art historian Eva Uchalová is based on material obtained from Czech archives, period press and personal recollections of a contemporary witnesses. The book is accompanied by rich visual documentation of the salon’s output in the form of photographs of garments and dress sketches and drawings, published in magazines of the time, as well as selected outfits preserved the UPM’s clothing and fashion collection. The second part of the book comprises the reminiscences of Helena Mautnerová, the older daughter of Arnoštka Roubíčková, published by her children Nelly Urbach and Willy Mautner in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Even though her memories were recorded long after the events of Helena’s dramatic life, they provide a lively account of life in multicultural Prague at the time of its greatest social and cultural prosperity, the expansion of the fashion house, and the life and work of the Czech émigré in the United States. The combination of the two parts of this book offers readers a unique glimpse into the life of this Prague Jewish family and a deeper insight into the history of Prague’s high-end fashion production.
Antonín Kybal) This is the first comprehensive monograph on Antonín Kybal (1901–1971), a distinguished personality of Czech textile design and production of the 20th century. The main text authored by Lucie Vlčková deals with Kybal’s professional pursuits in the perspective of art and design of his day, and in the context of his personal life. In fourteen thematic chapters, the author discusses the individual stages of his career, from his artistic beginnings as painter, via his shift towards textile design and the establishment of his own studio and workshops, to the circumstances of Kybal’s adaptation to the post-war situation and his re-emergence as an innovative textile designer. An independent section, written by Markéta Vinglerová, is devoted to Antonín Kybal as a teacher and educator at the Academy of Applied Arts and the so-called Kybal School. The book’s accompanying illustrations present what are mostly yet-unpublished works, preserved in private collections and state institutions (Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Olomouc Museum of Art, and other holdings), which are complemented by valuable visual records of interiors and wares of his times, as well as personal photographs.