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Exhibitions - July/August 2018

Alamode or How to cut a Dash
Fashion and Social Customs at the Turn of the 17th and 18th Centuries
July 3 – September 8, 2018


The exhibition of Baroque costumes and masks introduces visitors to the period ideal of beauty and reveals a refined elegance and subtle sensuality of fashion then. Displayed costumes are complemented by original hand-made masks used for different social events. The author of the exposition will provide visitors with information about both the exhibits and the wider social context, including the relation to the present.

The Klementinum Gallery – Exhibition Hall (entrance from the Mariánské Square, Gate B2)
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Admission 100 CZK

Festival m3 / Art in Space

June 8 - September 30, 2018

Hynek Alt: Untitled (Tower Clock), 2018

A silently ticking clock seems to define clearly the space without giving a possibility for making error, unless you begin to question what is given.
Synchronization of time is something that we usually take for granted. Our beloved technologies themselves independently switch from standard to summer time, or from our home zone time to the current time abroad and we don´t notice it until the moment when the battery in our wristwatch (mostly worn as a fashion accessory) is gone and we are reminded for a moment of the artificiality and omnipresence of this system.
Hynek Alt exploits the potential hidden in minor disorders, shifts and deviations arising from technical imperfections – which represent a nuisance in the society enslaved by the demand for ever growing productivity through the optimization of activities; these imperfections, however, may become a key to the freedom.
The transfer of the real Klementinum tower clock not only on the ground floor corridor, leading to the General Reading Room but also into the 3D render generated in the real time, means that the concept of time synchronization is questioned as a social construct which defines our balance between life and work. Its uselessness and fragility are further emphasized by a momentous,ever-renewed image.

Klementinum, vestibule – gate A (entrance to the NL reading rooms)
Mariánské nám. 5, Staré Město
Open: Mon–Sat, 9 am – 7 pm
50°05'13.2"N 14°24'59.6"E

Jul 17, 2018
Opening hours and entrance fee

Exhibitions in the NL
Monday - Saturday 9 am - 7 pm
Admission 10 CZK, the NL readers free

The Klementinum Gallery - Exhibition Hall
(entrance from Marianské Sq., entrance B2)
Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Fee: mentioned by the exhibitions


National Library of the CR
Exhibitions department
Klementinum 190
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Telephone: +420-221663332

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