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Fabric of Fashion) The publication on contemporary textile design and fashion from the Great Britain was issued in cooperation with the British Council to accompany the exhibition in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, February – April, 2002.
Josef Sudek: Prag panoramique / Prague Panoramic) Panoramic image became Josef Sudek’s natural means of capturing the world around him. It is this particular facet of his artistic legacy that is viewed today as his most impressive one. In 1959, they were published in Praha panoramatická (Prague Panoramas, Prague 1959), which is as one of the landmarks of world photography. Originally, the author had intended to create a large cycle of images capturing especially the city’s periphery, the slums on the edge of town. Although he was intrigued by “regal Prague“ with its innumerable historical places and monuments, in his heart he was drawn to the outskirts of the metropolis, where rows of derelict houses inhabited by workers, as well as factory courtyards, meshed with the dust-ridden countryside.
Vidrio Español del Museo de Artes Decorativas in Praga) The UPM holds a unique collection of 16th- to 18th-century Spanish glass, with its most valuable examples shown in 2002 in La Granja de San Ildefonso, near Segovia. Some of the glass vessels from the Prague collection had been produced in the former glassworks Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja, now the seat of the glass museum Museo Tecnológico del Vidrio. After the glassworks was established, glassmakers from Germany, France and the Kingdom of Bohemia flocked to it. Pavel Štěpánek, a specialist in Hispanic studies, finds further parallels between Bohemian and Spanish glass production in glass-making techniques and types of decoration. Contacts between Spanish and Bohemian glass production were enhanced by the intensive trade between the Kingdom of Spain and the Bohemian lands. The catalogue was issued by the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio and Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte (Spain) in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague to accompany the exhibition in the Real Fábrica de Cristales de la Grancha, May 2002 – January 2003.
Danner-Preis '02: Lebendig & zeitlos / Vivid & Timeless) Kunsthandwerk im 21. Jahrhundert / Craft in the 21st Century The German-English catalogue presents works created by the Danner-Preis 02 competitors. Since 1984 the Munich-based Benno and Therese Danner Art Foundation (Danner-Stiftung) announces a triennial competition that is one of the most prestigious award-granting events in the field of European decorative arts. Based on strict criteria, an international jury selected objects made in a variety of media: jewellery, ceramics, glass, metal, wood, textile, paper and stone. Fifty-two artists were selected from 230 competitors. The common denominator of the Danner-Preis 02 entries are the concepts “vivid” and “timeless”. The competitors are both experienced masters in their respective fields and young artists noteworthy for their innovative formal solutions. The catalogue was issued to accompany the Danner-Preis 02 competition and the exhibition held in the Museum of Decorative Art in Prague, November 2002–February 2003.