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Exhibitions - June 2023

The Great Books of Music
May 24 - July 2, 2023

Poster - Catalogue of exhibitionOpening ceremony

A joint exhibition of the National Library of the CR and the National Museum, which presents music manuscripts made to order of and used by Confraternities of Litterati in the period before the Battle of White Mountain. It takes place in both institutions – the display in the National Library is dedicated to the manuscripts of Prague choirs while codices from Bohemia except Prague are exhibited in the National Museum. The manuscripts, so-called graduals, hymnals, antiphonaries, and rorate chant books, were used in congregational singing by lay church choirs. Featured are rare books of large dimensions with decoration that often represents the pinnacle of the period book illustration

The Klementinum Gallery
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission free

The Imprint of Civilization
Ancient Books from the Collections of the National Central Library, Taiwan
June 1 - August 31, 2023

Poster - Catalogue of the exhibitionOpening ceremony

The collections of the National Central Library, Taiwan represent the rich and diverse scope of cultural and artistic heritage of the Southeast Asia region and serve as the source of the earliest knowledge of mankind. The unique exhibition, organized by the National Library of the CR in association with the National Central Library, Taiwan, features in detail the invention and history of the alphabet, paper, and printing, which are the fundamental milestones of the development of human civilization. Paper, in particular, has played a pivotal role in the development of books and the spread of knowledge from Antiquity to the Modern Era. The exhibition focuses on writing and printing in five thematic sections: “Do the Write Things,” “Highlights of the NCL’s Collections,” “The Encounter of East and West,” “Chasing Czech Traces in the Past,” and “Formosa and the Imprint of Civilization.” We are honored to share the fascinating history of books in ancient China and illustrate the crucial role that books have played in the history of human civilization. Through this exhibition, we hope to promote mutual understanding and appreciation between the people of the Czech Republic and Taiwan.

The exhibition is arranged in five thematic areas that give the visitors the opportunity to discover a great number of documents from the collections of both libraries as well as the historical context of establishing relations between both regions and contemporary reflection of their cultures with the aim to promote mutual understanding between the Czech Republic and Taiwan.

June 1, 2023, 5 pm Conference hall of the NL (1st floor)
Lecture by Michaela Pejčová (in English)
Collecting Chinese Art in Central Europe: From the Time of Rudolph II to the 21st Century. Video >>

Klementinum, ground floor (gate A)
Mon - Sat 9 am - 7 pm (in the NL Opening Hours)
Admission to the exhibition for the NL registered users and those with a one-day Admission Ticket in the NL Opening Hours
NL readers entrance free

Against the Day
May 31 - June 6, 2023

Opening ceremony

The exhibition of the dissertation work of a student of the Studio of Free Art II (the former Studio of Painting) at Prague UMPRUM, in which the author explores the possibility of spiritual cleansing through darkness

Hall No. 101 (gate B2)
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission free

Jun 14, 2023
Opening hours and entrance fee

Klementinum, ground floor and 1st floor (gate A)
Mon - Sat 9 am - 7 pm (in the NL Opening Hours)
One-day Admission Ticket  20 CZK
NL readers free

Klementinum Gallery (gate B)
Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm
Admission free


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

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