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Exhibitions - May 2015

Jan Hus: a Problem to Accept Freedom
May 21 – June 28, 2015

Photogallery

To commemorate the 600th anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus the National Library of the CR organises an exhibition of documents from the collections of the Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department. Its aim is to highlight the importance and role of this significant figure of the reform movement within Czech medieval history.

The Klementinum Gallery – Exhibition Hall (entrance from the Mariánské Square, Gate B2)
Tue - Sun: 10.30 am – 6 pm
Entrance fee: adults 50 Kč, senior citizens and students 40 Kč; group of 10 + persons 40 Kč/person; children 6-15 years 20 Kč, children under 6 years free; school teacher free with a group of students.


Karel Vodák

May 28 – July 18, 2015

A retrospective exhibition provides an overview of the artist´s work in the field of graphic design. Presented are, for instance, book illustrations, film posters or postage stamp graphic works. He designed stamps for EXPO 67 in Montreal as well as for EXPO 70 in Ósaka. The stamp for the latter featuring the Mount Fuji was awarded by an international jury as the best stamp of the World Exposition.

Exhibition corridor, ground floor, Monday to Saturday:  9 am – 7 pm
Entrance free


 

The Paris Fragment of the Chronicle of Dalimil
May 1, 2015

Photogallery

An exceptional display of the fragment of the richly illuminated manuscript of the Latin translation of the Chronicle of Dalimil on the occasion of the opening of the World´s Fair EXPO Milano 2015.

The fragment was discovered at the beginning of 2005 and the National Library of the CR acquired it at an auction in Paris. The manuscript originated probably in Upper Italy, most likely in Bologna, between 1331 and 1334. It is important not only for its exceptionally rich artistic decoration, which is.  at first glance its most significant feature, but also for the fact that it is the only evidence of translation of the oldest Czech Chronicle of the so-called Dalimil, written in verse, into Latin. The original Czech chronicle was created around 1310 and belongs to the type of chronicles in verse written in national languages.

Although the exhibited fragment contains about one tenth of the whole text, it is decorated with many full-page and small illuminations that represent the oldest preserved gallery of Czech princes.

The Mirror Chapel, The Klementinum: 9 am – 5 pm
Entrance free


Reconstruction of the Klementinum between World Wars
March 18 - May 7, 2015

Opening ceremony - Photogallery

The exhibition presents a significant period of building conversion and adaptation of the Klementinum into a functional area fully meeting the then needs of research libraries based there and their users. When a visitor walks through the Klementinum area he can´t help but notice its architectural diversity. It took nearly 170 years before this extensive complex of buildings was completed. Between 1560 and 1726, the Jesuit Order built the Klementinum premises in the extent we know it today. Its further construction development during the next two centuries did not bring anything new, except for some minor interventions.

Major changes came as late as after the establishment of the independent Czechoslovak state. Between 1924 and 1951, a significant adaptation of the Klementinum area was made to suit the needs of research libraries. It author was architect Ladislav Machoň.  Results of the reconstruction in the course of time were documented among others by the photographic studio of Jaroslav Bruner-Dvořák.

Photographs preserved in the collection of photography historian Pavel Scheufler allow an insight into the Klementinum premises labyrinth, while rich materials from the National Library Archive provide information about different adaptation stages and construction solutions designed by architect Ladislav Machoň.

The display features three planes of the reconstruction, genius loci of the Klementinum, space and its adaptation by the architect, and the eye of the photographer, who documented the changes, all of them making an interesting view of recent history of the complex that is one of the most characteristic parts of Baroque Prague. It is especially interesting at present, when further adaptations are made as part of the ongoing revitalization of the whole Klementinum area.

The Klementinum Gallery – Exhibition Hall (entrance from the Mariánské Square, Gate B2)
Tue - Sun: 10.30 am – 6 pm
Entrance fee: adults 50 Kč, senior citizens and students 40 Kč; group of 10 + persons 40 Kč/person; children 6-15 years 20 Kč, children under 6 years free; school teacher free with a group of students.


e-NK ČR or Welcome to the Electronic World of the National Library of the Czech Republic

April 1 - May 23, 2015

Do you know that many sources and services of the National Library of the Czech Republic are available online, even outside the library premises, as 24/7 service? Through these sources you can find foreign articles and e-books, browse current newspapers, or to the contrary, centuries-old manuscripts, or newspapers that could read our grandfathers. Online is also possible to listen to high-quality recordings, to order digitization of a book or to request an article from abroad.

Come and visit the display to get acquainted with our sources and services that maybe you even do not know or have not used yet. We invite you to take the opportunity to compete for small prizes during the exhibition.

Exhibition corridor, ground floor, Monday to Saturday:  9 am – 7 pm
Entrance free



May 21, 2015
Opening hours and entrance fee

Exhibitions in the NL
Moday - Saturday 9 am - 7 pm
Entrance free

The Klementinum Gallery - Exhibition Hall
(entrance from Marianské Sq., entrance B2)
Tue-Sun 10.30 am - 6 pm
Fee: mentioned by the exhibitions

Contacts

National Library of the CR
Exhibitions department
Klementinum 190
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Telephone: +420-221663332
exhibition@omega.nkp.cz

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