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Contemporary art in Prague

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Art by Ross Barreiro1 Comment

One of the more interesting things about the current art scene in Prague is it’s relative ambiguity to people, especially tourists. Prague, of course, is a well-known tourist destination for many reasons, some of which being it’s ancient castles, palaces, and cathedrals, terrifically cheap yet bustling nightlife and picturesque cobblestone walkways, squares, and streets. However, it seems to be an …

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In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Art by Eric Duan1 Comment

When I first think of art, my mind immediately goes to drawing, painting, or sculpting. However, one form of art that I constantly overlook is photography. With photography, one can effectively capture and freeze in time the aesthetic value and emotions behind the subject of the photo. One artist, Jan Saudek, uses his background and his life experiences to portray …

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The Dreaded “Tourist”

In Places, Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Authenticity by Katherine CarranzaLeave a Comment

I think the word “tourist” comes with a negative connotation. Many people criticize tourist institutions in their own cities and avoid them. For example, New Yorkers desperately avoid Times Square, put off by the mobs of tourists at every corner and criticizing them for not truly experiencing New York City. But Times Square is only one stop tourists make in …

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In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Authenticity by Eric Duan1 Comment

After spending my first week in the Czech Republic either cooking for myself, eating pizza, or eating delicious Czech KFC, I began to crave some authentic Czech food. I had heard stories of the delicious goulash and schnitzel, and I immediately knew what I wanted for lunch. A couple friends and I wandered around to the city center, Wenceslas Square, …

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Just Let Things Be

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-1 by Kaylyn Kavi1 Comment

In his book The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera seems to tell a surface plot about the main character Tomas and his sexual exploits as he struggles to strike a balance between the different kinds of love that he feels for his wife as opposed to his many mistresses. But underneath these very candid concerns, Kundera remains obsessed with …

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Typical Czech everything right here! Come inside!

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Authenticity by Ross Barreiro2 Comments

MacCannell’s analysis of what tourism is, the motivations of tourists, and the general landscape of tourism throughout the world was definitely an interesting read. All the while that I’ve been abroad I knew, deep down inside, that the guided tours, museum walkthroughs, and many other “genuine and authentic” experiences were being faked in front of my eyes. However, it took …

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How light really is our being?

In Prague, The Art of Travel Spring 2015, Books-1 by Ross Barreiro1 Comment

Milan Kundera’s “An Unbearable Lightness of Being” is set mostly in the Czech Republic during the Russian invasion and occupation of the country following the socialist reform attempts of 1968. Throughout my reading of the book, Prague seemed nothing more than a communist-run backdrop for Kundera’s philosophical tale of an intellectual womanizer to take place in. In fact, with a …