K for Kafka

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This exhibition on the life and work of Prague’s most famous literary son, entitled ‘City of K’, is the third in a series of exhibitions about world writers and their cities.  It explores the intimate relationship between the writer and the city that shaped him through the media of documents, photography and video.

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K - Franz-Kafka

 The fountain in the courtyard of the Franz Kafka Museum  in the Lesser Quarter, is created by artist David Černý.  Two urinating men stand opposite one another above a lake in the shape of the Czech Republic. An electronic device turns their hips and raises their penises in a way that the flow of water traces the letters of several quotes on the water’s surface. But since Kafka wrote in German I’m afraid that aspect of the fountain passed me by.

I find it very amusing, but I’m sure some people are extremely shocked when they suddenly find themselves face to face with this – what do you think?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

26 thoughts on “K for Kafka”

  1. I didn’t go there when I visited Prague, and I am not sure what to think of this, as a monument to such a compelling writer.
    Very interesting though Jude, and a good one for the letter K!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. We didn’t go inside the museum, in fact we just came across it whilst doing the usual city wandering. As you say, a great K – couldn’t resist posting it 🙂

    1. Nor mine, but Prague is a fascinating city, historically and architecturally. Just keep out of the way of the stag parties 😦

    1. I hadn’t realised the significance of the mechanism until I read about it later. I just found it very amusing. A couple of guys having a chat, as you do 🙂

  2. An interesting memorial. I wonder how his descendants feel about it?
    I just read about it – that’s a map they’re standing on.

    1. It is the shape of the Czech Republic. It is different, but then I didn’t go inside to see what the museum is like. Maybe that’s pretty different too!

  3. That’s a great K. Jude 🙂 I don’t know nearly as much as I should about Kafka but this seems a very fitting tribute. Thumbing his nose at… in a different way!

  4. next you should visit Brussels, there is a famous little boy doing the same as your dueling urinating Kafka penises. In Brussels you can buy replicas in stone or steel, wood or chocolate.

    1. Well it was a toss up whether to use this or a building also in the Czech Republic. I though this was more fitting though with the letter K in the photo!

  5. Haha, I love this! Anything quirky art-wise is bound to get a response – people will either love or hate it – no grey areas here. While I wouldn’t want it in my back yard either, I can’t help admiring the sculptor and wonder at the bigger message he is getting at.

    1. Definitely quirky. I wish I’d known about the letter writing that was going on, I might have paid more attention!

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