K on Sun

Fully aware that I’ve posted both a photograph and a YouTube clip of this before, the last time we visited, a year and a half ago, David Černý’s 39-ton kinetic Kafka head didn’t move, so filmed this some two weeks ago.

The baby, 2001. The sum total of ten of David Černý’s babies, 350 centimetres long and 260 centimetres tall, have been put up on different sites in Prague. This one, along with two others, on Kampa.

K for kultura

As far as I remember I promised more art by Czech artist David Černý, so here goes, starting with the massive, 11 metres tall, 39 tons heavy Franz Kafka “bust”, consisting of 42 motorised, movable panels, which unfortunately didn’t move when we visited, so stole this YouTube clip:

I did, however, manage to shoot this, the other day, in the Franz Kafka museum courtyard, named Proudy:

Please notice how the two gentlemen not only appear to be urinating on the map of the Czech republic, but also seem to write something on it (what ever it may be).

There are, of course, other Černý works to be seen, but seeing as we were here to enjoy ourselves we really didn’t mind. We did, however, stumble across this bloke, sculpted by Michal Trpák, evidently:

And, of course, Franz Kafka, once more, sitting on the shoulders of someone he (or his protagonist?) met in an early short story, Description of struggle:

This bronze sculpture by Czech sculptor Jaroslav Róna stands between Prague’s Church of the Holy Spirit and its Spanish Synagogue, in the city’s Jewish quarter.

K for Kultura – or Kafka, if you will.

The sacred and the profane

Parts of the day spent in the Prague castles, including the Saint Vitus cathedral, containing, among other pieces of clerical art, the above statue.

So no beer blogging today, although beer was indeed had, on several occasions. What goes in, however, must come out, as demonstrated by these two chaps, sculpted some twelve years ago, by the renowned artist David Černý:
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Standing in the Franz Kafka museum courtyard, named Proudy, apparently, but for now: Good night from Prague.