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Yesterday, while on a walk in Mala Strana, we noticed that the Czech Museum of Music has an exhibition called BEATLEMÁNIE! After we bought our tickets, I paid the 40-crown fee so that I would be able to take photos.
Before we entered the exhibition, we paused to look around the museum space, which is very atmospheric (see my 2009 post), as the sounds of Beatles' music filled the high-ceilinged entrance hall.
Though BEATLEMÁNIE! does contain Beatles memorabilia, its focus is on the ways that the Beatles influenced the Czech Republic (and vice versa -- did you know that one of George Harrison's first guitars was Czech-made?).
I'm a Beatles fan, but I've seen many pictures of the Fab Four, so I focused on the elements of Czech design I was seeing. (All the while, Beatles songs were playing, and A Hard Days Night was being screened in the middle room.) Here are some Czech record covers from the period:
We left the exhibit smiling. Greg took this great picture from the sidewalk outside the museum; that's Hard Days Night playing in the background and a cool yellow submarine sculpture on the left.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
We're in Prague now, but for a few days before we got here, we were in London. Because London is an expensive city, we stayed in a budget hotel, got Oyster cards so we could get discounts on public transit, and bought much of our food at Sainsbury's. For budget travelers like us, one great thing about London is that admission to all the major museums costs nothing more than a small donation (several pounds is suggested). We were in London for four days, so we visited the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery, and British Museum. Otherwise we spent our time walking and riding around the city. If you've visited this blog before, you'll know that I'm especially interested in sculpture (particularly statues -- by which I mean work that is representational, rather than abstract). Here's a photo of one of the four gigantic lions in Trafalgar Square:
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