Adolf Born

Adolf Born  was a Czech graphic artist, painter, caricature artist, animator, director of animated films, and book illustrator. He was born in České Velenice on 12 June 1930. From 1949 to 1950, he studied art education at the Faculty of Education of Charles University. From 1950 to 1955, he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the class of Professor Antonín Pelc. He began to work as a caricature artist immediately after graduation. Adolf Born illustrated more than 250 books and contributed to more than 60 animated films. The most famous animated films include Mach and Šebestová. The best-known books illustrated by Born include Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories, Astrid Lindgren’s Pipi Long Stocking, and Kipling’s Jungle Book. Adolf Born received many awards for his work, such as the Grand Prix at the International Salon of Cartoons in Montreal, the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, and the Medal of Merit, First Class, in the Czech Republic. Adolf Born died on 22 May 2016, aged 85 years. Date of Issue: 20 January 2019

100 Years of the Masaryk University

The idea of establishing a second Czech university was first proposed by T.G. Masaryk in the lower house of Parliament in 1891. Twenty years later, he handed over a petition to the lower house of Parliament to support the formation of the university in the Moravian capital of Brno. The act to approve the establishment of the university in Brno and its four faculties (faculty of law, medicine, science, and philosophy) was passed on 28 January 1919. In 1935, T.G. Masaryk granted the chancellor’s chain with a medal to the university. It set up the tradition of the university insignia, which include the chancellor’s chain with the medal with Masaryk’s portrait, the chancellor’s ceremonial mace, and the vice-chancellor’s chain. In the middle of the second half of the 20th century, the university was renamed to Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Brno. After the Velvet Revolution in November 1989, the university resumed its original name and re-opened to the world. Date of Issue: 20 January 2019

Petr Eben

Petr Eben was a Czech composer in the second half of the 20th century whose compositions were among the most popular ones. He was also an active pianist and an important organist. He was born in Žamberk, East Bohemia, on 22 January 1929. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he studied at the Academy of Arts in Prague. Throughout his life, he regularly played the organ. He and his wife Šárka, sister of the pianist and composer Ilja Hurník, raised three sons – mathematician and pianist Kryštof; actor, moderator, and lyricist Marek; and clarinetist and musicologist David. Eben’s legacy includes two hundred compositions. His choir and song cycles as well as some of his instructive compositions belong to the key Czech repertoire. He composed the cantatas Hořká hlína (Bitter Earth), Pocta Karlu IV. (Tribute to Charles IV), Pragensia. The most popular organ works include Sunday Music, Laudes and Mutationes, Two Choral Phantasies, Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude, the large cycles Job and Faust, Biblical Dances, Landscapes of Patmos, Windows (Four Movements after Marc Chagall for Trumpet and Organ. Petr Eben worked with Lyra Pragensis and other organisers of music and poetry events. In 1994, he composed the march and fanfares for the Prague Castle Guard played during the raising of the presidential standard and the Castle Guard flag. Petr Eben died on 24 October 2007, aged 78 years. Date of Issue: 20 January 2019

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