May update

April was an enjoyable month for TASW when we welcomed Matthew Williams who talked about the history of “Highclere Castle” followed by our first Special Interest Zoom Event this year, with Ian Swankie who took us through “The Brilliance of British Architecture” from Sir Christopher Wren to the modern day. We are planning another Special Interest event on 16 September with Linda Smith and “Great Tarts in Art”.

In the meantime, we would like to welcome members to our fifth Zoom Lecture in the 2021 Programme year on 13 May, and the return of Gavin Plumley, who last visited TASW before “lockdown” in January 2020 to talk about Klimt and Mahler. The rating for his lecture was considered “Outstanding”. The Zoom link will be sent to members a few days before the lecture.

THE MAGIC OF PRAGUE: CZECH ART AND CULTURE.

As part of the Habsburg Empire, Prague was beloved of kings and princes. During the 19th century, however, the Czechs sought to reclaim the city for their own. Looking back at ancient mythology, they imagined a new future by means of art, architecture, literature and music. From Romanticism to cubism, the Czechs re-conceived various artistic movements in specifically patriotic ways. Looking at painter and decorative artist Alfons Mucha, artist Karel Svoboda and composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, this talk shows how the Czechs created a capital that was fit for a new independent nation.

Gavin Plumley a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes worldwide. Lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent talks include the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the National Trust, the National Theatre, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York, as well as for history of art societies and The Art Fund.

We hope you can join us.

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