Exhibitions - January/February 2021
Since October 22, 2020, cultural events in the NL, Mirror Chapel of the Klementinum, the Klementinum Gallery and regular guided tours for tourists in historical premises have been cancelled. Thank you for understanding.
The exhibitions are POSTPONED until further notice due to covid-19.
Ex Oriente lux. Rudolf Dvořák, Between the Orient and the Awakening of the Czech Nation
The exhibition, prepared by the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the CR, commemorates the anniversary of Rudolf Dvořák, first Professor of Oriental studies at Czech Charles-Ferdinand University, an Arabist, Iranian scholar, Turcologist and Sinologist. Among Dvořák´s students we can find future university professors Rudolf Růžička and Felix Tauer, as well as Jaromír Borecký, Director of the University Library in the Klementinum. Dvořák also contributed to the development of Egyptology and cuneinform studies and he participated in organizing the scientific life at university and the Czech Academy od Sciences and Arts. He was an author of professional and popular translations of oriental poetry and philosophy. As a staunch patriot he was involved in education of the public for all his life, he gave lectures to the wide public and wrote popular books and articles. He was actively engaged in the project of the Otto´s Educational Dictionary as an author, professional editor and, for some time, also an editor-in-chief. He was a friend of important personalities of the Czech scientific and cultural life of the time, among others Vojta Náprstek, Jaroslav Vrchlický, or T. G. Masaryk.
The exhibition presents the life and work of Rudolf Dvořák in contemporary context through the mediation of archival documents, period literature and objects from his art collection kept nowadays in the Náprstek Museum. Archival materials are also interesting testimony of Czech science and culture on the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
You can visit the exhibition online here >>
The exhibition records the development up to now and the present state of rural architecture in today´s regions that are largely located on the territory of Bohemia. It continues the previous exhibitions, dedicated to the same topic in Moravia and Silesia, which also emphasized the 19th and 20th centuries.
It provides the opportunity to look at today's rural architecture from a different, less common angle. Even at first glance ordinary houses can be be of historical and monumental value, as well as a village urban complex.
Experts from the Department of Topography of the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the CR, in cooperation with those from the Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, try to reveal these values often hidden over time.
Based on historical sources and literature, historical and digital development maps as well as photogrammetric survey of selected objects, the display shows the transformation of the development of individual selected villages in Bohemia in the past two centuries. The exhibition is accompanied by photographs by Jitka Walterová.
It has been realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (NAKI II).
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