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Can’t Be Unseen: Karel Gott’s “Erotic” Art

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.

Since the closure, in 2009, of the Gottland museum in Jevany, Central Bohemia, the collection has been without a permanent home.

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.

A tragedy.

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Gift Idea: Sleep with a star under Karel Gott bedding (Skantex) [Facebook Post]

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Karel Gott back in hospital for operation on life-threatening bowel obstruction (Blesk) [Facebook Post]

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Karel Gott returns to hospital for spine operation after recovering from cancer (Blesk) [Facebook Post]

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Karel Gott sings in public for first time since cancer treatment, at Hana Zagorova birthday concert (Blesk) [Facebook Post]

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How many of Blesk’s 43 Czechs “the world is talking about” do you know?

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Perhaps because it was a slow news day, Blesk recently published a list of “43 Czechs the world is talking about.”

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The Complete and Definitive Guide to the Very Best Czech Music of All Time

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PraguePig.com loves you so much, he’s made you a compilation of his favourite Czech songs:
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Censorship scandal as rapper Řezník is secretly removed from Český slavík music award vote

Censorship scandal as rapper Řezník is secretly removed from Český slavík music award vote

Usually a tedious affair, the Český slavík (“Czech Nightingale”) music awards are the centre of an unlikely scandal revolving around horrorcore rapper Řezník.

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Karel Gott Launches Official Facebook Page (NSFW)

Stop everything! Karel Gott is on Facebook!

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Know Your Czech Celebrity: Karel Gott

Karel Gott

In this new feature, I’ll be introducing the celebs who are the mainstays of the Czech tabloids. And where better to start than with legendary crooner and septuagenarian sex symbol Karel Gott?

Here, then, are 10 things you should know about the “Golden Voice of Prague”/”Sinatra of the East”/”Bringer of Good News”:

1. Gott’s big break was becoming one of the resident singers at Divadlo Semafor in 1963. The Prague theatre was at the forefront of the Czech pop scene in the early ’60s, launching the careers of several singers.

2. His breakthrough hit, released in 1963, was Oči sněhem zaváté (“Eyes Covered by Snow”).

3. He’s won the Zlatý slavík/Český slavík (Golden Nightingale/Czech Nightingale) “best male singer” award a record 37 times. He first won the prize, the winner of which is decided by a nationwide poll, in 1963. This year’s (2011’s) triumph was his 13th consecutive win since 1999.

4. He’s huge in the German-speaking world, where he has a lifetime contract with Polydor. His big breakthrough came in 1965 when he was “discovered” by Austrian producer Ossi Drechsler at the Bratislavská lýra (“Bratislava Lyre”) festival.

5. He had a six-month-long engagement at Las Vegas’s Frontier Hotel in 1967.

6. He represented Austria at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest. The song, Tausend Fenster (“A Thousand Windows”), finished joint 13th with two points.

7. Gott signed the Communist regime’s notorious Anticharta in 1977, publicly opposing Charta 77 (“Charter 77”), a document drawn up by Václav Havel and other dissidents demanding that the Czechoslovak government respect basic human rights.

8. Gott, who turns 73 in July (2012), is married to 36-year-old Ivana Macháčková-Gottová

9. Gott became a father for the fourth time in 2008, at the age of 68, when Ivana gave birth to Nelly, his third daughter. Gott has one other daughter (Charlotte) with Ivana, and a son and a daughter (Dominika and Lucie) from two previous relationships.

10. In 2010, he ventured into hip-hop, collaborating with German rapper Bushido on Für immer jung, a single based on the Alphaville track Forever Young.

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