Nude women by Burki

To continue my series of 5 posts from Prague I will present one other great surprise. In the old Prague at Galerie Zlata Lilie I discovered the work of the photographer Milos Burkhardt, or just Burki. He works with female nude on studio, exterior and movement.  On this  currently  exhibition he presents a project –  Woman under water.

“Photography for me is a mean to express my deep respect and admiration for the beauty of the female form…Nature has created a gift, a monument- the female body- which is natural in its beauty and also absolutely perfect in its curves and shapes.”  he says.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

Prague 3 – Sub-Culture 

I was trying to buy tickets to watch Mozart’s Opera, specially composed for Prague, the “Operas of Operas” Don Giovanni in 1787 presented by the traditional Marionettes, when I heard “unlucky” that the presentation for that night had been canceled.

So I went for a walk around the old Prague waiting for the time to watch one gig of progressive jazz that would happen at the Jazz Doc four hours later. It had been a long day, the temperature was -12 with a lot of snow and I had walked for hours. I was definitely tired.

The universe always reserve us good surprises If we learn with patience how to read or understand the doors that some times are closed to us. The result is that we chose a discrete pub to wait for the show and I had the amazing surprise when I realized that that pub would reveal me a universe of the power of graffiti.

In the first moment I felt everything looked like a big mess, one mix of graffiti and uncomprehensive messages. But the good music that was playing, the under-ground environment and the art on the walls (yes, this place is a pub and also a art gallery) abducted me to that language.

I had the pleasure to talk with locals, also spoke with Daniel Krejbich, an artist that I will have the honour to write about in my next Prague article. I was having a beer and reading a book on the work of Roy Lichtenstein in that cozy pub, reading about his creative process during all his career and suddenly all that graffiti crowded on the walls was opening in front of my eyes and turning the messages into individual histories. That were political and cultural expressions, creative thoughts and little jokes, was impossible to count how many messages were there, but believe me there were a lot.

I felt in that moment that was impossible to not get connected to the language. That specific language were used by the youth Czechs to express themselves through graffiti and art. Somehow it feels like deeply connected to the writings on Lennon Wall.

According to the manager, about 10 years, after he painted a stencil of Motorhead,  the customers started to write on the wall and after that it never stopped. Exactly the same way how it happened at Lennon Wall.

In resume, I thought it was sad to miss the opera that I was dreaming to see but after I realized that was a delightful experience to spend a few hours immersed in this sub-cultural pub and how motivated it was for me to keep writing in this blog.

And Yes, to finish my long day one incredible gig of progressive jazz in a newly-built modern building, as yet in Prague and most likely in central Europe, non-existent concept.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

Lennon Wall – The power of graffiti  

One common wall in Prague has been called “Lennon Wall” since the beginning of 80’s, when some people started to make graffitis with John Lennon’s images and parts of Beatles songs.

Lennon was a hero for the pacifist youth of Central and Eastern Europe during the totalitarian regime . Before 1989, when the government was communist, western pop music was forbidden for the communist authorities, also John Lennon songs because they praised freedom that did not exist there.

When Lennon was murdered in 1980, he became a hero for some of the youth and his image was painted on the wall defying the authorities.

At that time, the Czech people had few opportunities to express themselves due to the lack of freedom. When they did it, this young activists risked prison for what authorities called “subversive activities against the state.”

But the threat of prison did not contain the people from going there at night to graffiti their own feelings and dreams.

The Communist police tried repeatedly to clear the messages of peace, but they never managed to keep the wall clean.

The Lennon Wall represents not only a memorial to John Lennon and his ideals of peace, but also a monument to freedom of speech and a non-violent rebellion of Czech youth against the regime. It was a small war of Czech people against the communist police.

Some people say Lennon Wall is equivalent to the Berlin Wall. Some people also believe that the “John Lennon Peace Wall” helped to inspire the non-violent Velvet Revolution that led to the collapse of communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989.

In my opinion Lennon Wall represents the graffiti elevated to the maximum condition of political tool for expression. It is touching to see the youth manifestation through time surviving the oppression of a totalitarian regime.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

I found one Invaders  on Lennon Wall

Prague – UNFORGETTABLE….

This week I had the pleasure to visit Prague, capital of the old bohemian region, now Czech Republic.

That Prague is a wonderful city is nothing new. But I take the risk to say that it was the most beautiful city I have ever been.

It is not a coincidence that several romancers had chosen this magnificent place to live, also it is clear why Amadeus Mozart chose Prague – the city of the true bohemian – to write some of his famous operas.

With a lot of very old underground buildings, this city has a very peculiar culture to tell us. All washed down with a lot absinthe and beers, I mean, good and cheap beers.

This trip will generate 5 posts on this blog. Certainly, I visited all the historical landmarks in Prague but what really fascinated me was the long and very rich conversations I had with the Czechs on the local pubs.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

Good beer for 40 CZK = 1,30 euros

Old Bohemian plate (pork, roast duck, grilled sausages, smoked meat, withe and red cabbage, potato carlsbad and bread dumplings) for two 498 CZK = 20 euros.

59 Rivoli – An Artistic Revolution

A liberal space where artists show their work and share their lives. This is the 59 Rivoli.

Located at the heart of Paris, a 6-storey building, with free entry that hosts 30 artists of different forms of artistic expression, cultural events and concerts on weekends.

The true democratization of art, 59 Rue de Rivolli is ranked the third in Paris to receive the highest number of visitors to contemporary art.

It all started with a simple formula: great intentions, will power and a lot of courage. That is what, in 1999, a trio of artists called the KGB (Kalex, Gaspard and Bruno) did when they occupied this building and called it “Chez Robert, Electron Libre”. In 2006 the building was purchased by the city hall, who renovated it during three years reopening its doors to art in 2009.

The studios are public spaces, where visitors experience the artists in creation.

The revolutionary mission of this community is to provide another connection, deeper between artist and audience, unlike the static and immobile system led by galleries.

A large spiral staircase with walls covered in graffiti leads to the sixth floor, where it is possible to feel the effervescence and naturalness of what art should be: True to the purest of intentions.

All pictures below by Maria Fernanda

Paris – NY – Rio

A new exhibition called “Dans les rues de Paris, New York, Rio” is running until February 25 at Galerie Brugier-Rigail with the artists Quik (NY), Parisians Miss. Tic, Pradel-Fraysse and Speed Graphito and the talented Brazilian Smael from Rio de Janeiro.

There, 50 signed serigraphs, numbered and made by the hands of the poetic artist Miss. Tic, are sold for 380 euros each. Worth to mention that lately her work has also been sold by major auction houses.

The work that drew my attention was of the Brazilian artist Smael who recently had a solo exhibition here in Paris with the mote of one of his passions,“Bicicletas”. One of those canvas can be appreciated at this exhibition. Isn’t it a sweet coincidence with this blog? Bikes and street art always turn to a magic combination.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

"Bicicletas" by Smael - Rio

Smael - Rio

Miss. Tic - Paris

Miss. Tic - Paris

Quik - NY

Quik - NY

Speedy Graphito - Paris

Speedy Graphito - Paris

Monjul – Inventive cuisine

Imagine to be surprised by one discrete restaurant on the heart of Paris. Inventive culinary presenting each plate as a masterpiece. This how Chef Agobert Juliano carefully creates at the restaurant Monjul on Le Marais.

With 19 years of experience in palaces, castles, small provinces and abroad, this audacious chef really knows about the French cooking.

With affordable prices (19 euros for appetizer + entree + dessert during lunch), the service was really nice on a pleasant  environment.

Be surprised experiencing the creative cuisine, true shapes, tastes and colors.

All pictures by Maria Fernanda

Onion pie, ratatouille, kalamata olives and endives

Chili corn "Nonjul"

Choux "pain perdu", english creme caramel and diced fruit