If the current Czech general election campaign wasn’t absurd enough for you already, comedian Scott Lee Hansen has taken things up a notch or two.
Karel Gott is the world’s greatest singer, of course, but his painting? Well…
PraguePig.com stumbled upon this gem, titled “Cas nezanosti” (“Time of Endearment”), while digging through the archives. (OK, deleting stuff from my phone.)
(It’s a screenshot of a Blesk article from earlier this year (2017).)
The original 1973 artwork is part of a collection of more than 40 of the great man’s paintings owned by Zdenek Kohak, a former business partner of Gott’s who was accused of conning Karel out of 8.7 million crowns in 2013. (Kohak vehemently denies the claim.)
Kohak’s karelgott.tv website features Godlike Karel’s thoughts on this sensual masterpiece, somewhat loosely translated into English:
According to me, there ´s nothing wrong when two women touch each other. So I painted them in Times of tenderness. This painting caused me a sort of unpleasant experience. On the exhibition in Cologne one young journalist gave me a question, if I was really together with two women at the same time. I said yes, and I liked it a lot. Well, I would not say that it was disgusting, would I? But on the following day, one of the boulevard magazines wrote “Karel Gott likes gruppensex”. Since then, I rather beware of tricky questions of journalists.
Some of the paintings were also exhibited at the short-lived Gott Gallery Restaurant on Spalena in Prague 1-Nove Mesto, which opened in 2007 but closed a couple of years later.
Now, however, fans can only enjoy the Kohak collection online and at occasional temporary exhibitions.
Living in Sidliste Bohnice and working in Chodov, PraguePig.com gets a bit tired of articles like the Huffington Post’s 10 Dazzling Photos That Are Proof Prague Is Europe’s Prettiest City.
Sure, parts of Prague are beautiful but heavily Photoshopped spire-porn doesn’t tell the whole story. Away from the centre, things get a little greyer and a little grimier.
Here’s PraguePig.com’s tribute to the more tarnished parts of the Golden City.
This James Bond-themed herna bar brings a touch of glamour to Sidliste Dablice (Ladvi) in Prague 8-Kobylisy.
Great customer service, I hear.
Thanks to Scott Lee H. for the photo!
Every now and then, PraguePig.com comes across a Czech-language comment on Facebook so offensive, I feel the need to report it.
And more often than not, Facebook will reject my complaint, usually along the lines of, “We’ve looked over the comment, and although it doesn’t go against any of our specific Community Standards, we understand that it may still be offensive to you and others…”
I began to wonder how Facey goes about monitoring this stuff. Does it have a team in the Czech Republic? And if so, how does it work?
Just how far does Babis’s influence spread? 😉
(With apologies to Oxfam.)
Peace on Earth and goodwill to all! (Really!)
He’s learnt a lot in that time but there are still a few things he doesn’t understand about living in Prague.