Published to accompany an exhibition of posters advertising Prague entertainment venues, the book traces the years 1900–1930, as Prague gradually changed from a provincial town into a modern, self-confident city and eventually into the capital of an independent state. Poster art is a unique testimonial to this transformation: at the turn of the century, lithographic posters became an integral part of Prague’s streets and alleyways, later than in such metropolises as Paris, London and New York, yet virtually at the same time as the monarchy’s capital Vienna. With some exceptions, the Depression put an end to the era of the pictorial poster in 1930. The posters present diverse forms of entertainment in Prague: night clubs, social functions, balls, soirées organized by various voluntary associations, circus shows and magician performances, and – last but not least – the film industry.
The publication was issued by the Municipal House in Prague in cooperation with the Museum of Decorative Arts to accompany the exhibition held in the Municipal House, September 2005 – January 2006.
texts: Petr Štembera, Radmila Kreuzziegerová
translation: Branislava Kuburovic, Anna Bryson
graphic design: Lucie Vlachová, Johan Vlach, MiniMax
binding: sofback, 30 x 25 cm
price: 235,- Kč
order (cash on delivery): firstname.lastname@example.org
The volume is on sale in these bookshops in Prague 1:
- Dům U Kamenného zvonu, Old Town Square (Staroměstské nám.) 13
- Municipal House (Obecní dům, Modernista Art Shop), nám. Republiky 5