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The Magic of Prague – Czech Art and Culture
Gavin Plumley Wednesday 15 January 2020

As the Czechs sought to establish in the 19th century an identity distinct from that of the Hapsburg Empire, they imagined a new future through art, architecture, literature and music. Looking at painter Alfons Mucha, artist Karel Svoboda and composers Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorák, the Czechs aimed to create a capital fit for a new, independent nation. Gavin Plumley is a cultural historian specialising  in Central European art and culture.