Green – the colour of spring, youth, hope and more
4:30 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Lecture by Marek Zágora. Only in Czech.
Booking advance HERE.
The lecture will be streamed live on Facebooku and the gallery’s YouTube channel.
Colours have always played – and continue to play – a very important role in history as well as in our everyday lives. Though it may seem surprising, the second most popular colour today is green. It is an ambivalent colour: on the one hand it has always been a symbol of life, joy and hope, but on the other hand it symbolizes disorder, greed, poison, and the devil. For centuries it was difficult to produce chemically unstable green pigments, and even more difficult to fix them. This is one reason why green is often associated with everything that is changeable and ephemeral: childhood, love, and money. It was not until the Romantic era that green became established as the colour of nature. The history of green is to a large extent the story of a dramatic turnaround: for a long time green was absent, ignored or rejected, but today it has become ever-present and calming. This lecture presents the fascinating history of green and its symbolism from prehistoric times to the present day.