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The heroine of the week: Vítězslava Kaprálová

The Czech Centres, in cooperation with Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of Western Bohemia in Pilsen and Radio Prague International, present important women of the Czech history and the present. Every week we bring you one portrait of a heroine. The heroine of this week is Vítězslava Kaprálová, the first Czech female composer and conductor.

The first Czech female composer and conductor, author of the Military Sinfonietta performed by the BBC London Orchestra under her conduction at the opening of the International Society for Contemporary Music festival in 1938. She privately studied composition with prominent Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, who lived in France at that time.

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About the project

An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women - rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes – who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in Czechoslovakia in 1920 and the 200th birthday of author Božena Němcová. It offers portraits of fifty distinguished female personalities as seen through the eyes of the contemporary wave of young illustrators, students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia under the guidance of their mentor and teacher Renáta Fučíková. The profiles of the selected hereoines were written by the historian Lenka Křížová and the writer Kateřina Tučková. The exhibition project has been complemented by a book of the same name, published in autumn 2020.

 


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