Exhibitions organised by the Slavonic Library in 2021
(Ne)šťastná Ukrajina. Osobnosti Ukrajinské svobodné univerzity v Praze 1921–1945
(Un)happy Ukraine. Personalities of Ukrainian Free University in Prague between 1921 and 1945
The exhibition is held on the occasion of the double centenary: the establishment of Ukrainian Free University and the launch of the so-called “Russian Action” – a programme of Czechoslovak state financial and organisational aid to refugees from the collapsed Russian Empire. The university was founded in Vienna in early 1921 and soon relocated to Prague, where it became an important intellectual and cultural centre of the First Republic of Czechoslovakia. Since 1945, it has been based in Munich, Germany.
Through medallions of leading Ukrainian scientists and intellectuals, the authors of the exhibition Petr Hlaváček and Mychajlo Fesenko present the fates of Ukrainian émigrés in the turbulence of the first half of the 20th century and their contribution to Czech and European science and culture. It is a renewed and modified installation of the exhibition presented at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in 2015.
Co-organisers: Collegium Europaeum of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague and the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic
Date: 7 September – 30 October 2021
One Hundred Years of the Russian Action (1921–2021)
The exhibition is one of this year’s events commemorating the centenary of the announcement of the Russian Action – a unique financial and organisational support programme of the Czechoslovak government for the multinational wave of exiles from the collapsed Russian Empire fleeing Bolshevik rule. The exhibition is based on historical visual materials placing the subject in the contemporary context. The topicality of the issue and the interest of Czech and Slovak scholars in its study are illustrated by a selection from the rich scholarly book production published in the free research period after 1989.
It is significant that the exhibition is being held in the Clementinum, which also houses the Slavonic Library, because the Slavonic Library is the only still existent institution established as part of the Russian Action.
The exhibition has been prepared by the Slavonic Library and the Russian Tradition Association.
Date: 19 November 2021 – 22 January 2022