annual report 2018


Exhibitions and events

Key exhibition projects

The exhibition projects of 2018 were “Celts” in the New Building of the National Museum, and “2×100” and “Czech-Slovak/Slovak-Czech” in the newly reconstructed Historical Building of the National Museum. In addition to the aforementioned, the National Museum realized many other exhibition projects that involved all specialized sections of the National Museum. The museum was also active abroad with its exhibition project “Masaryk as Phenomenon” presented in the U.S. and Israel. Exhibition projects of the Historical Museum of the NM in Estonia and Lithuania commemorated the revolutionary year 1968. 

Exhibitions abroad

Czech Castles and Chateaux

In 2018, this picture exhibition of the most interesting castles and chateaux of Bohemia and Moravia was prepared for transportation to Damascus. So far, it has not been put on show in Syria due to changes in the security situation.

Masaryk as Phenomenon

Due to its success, a version of this unique exhibition commemorating the extraordinary figure of the first Czechoslovak president was created for exhibiting abroad. The exhibition presented Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk in the U.S. in New York, Washington and Jerusalem, Israel, outside the classic and traditional clichés of “the president liberator" and “Daddy Masaryk”.

Dvořák's Cello Concerto 

 The exhibition in the Gallery of the Czech Centre, New York, presented a rare manuscript of Dvořák's Cello Concerto together with copies of other documents associated with the creation and performance of this concerto. The approximately 12-minute-long exhibition video, comprising photographs and documents, highlighted the importance of Dvořák’s stay in America, significant moments in the creation of the cello concerto and its important interpreters.   

Under the Hot African Sun

This exhibition presented Tunisia through the eyes of Czechoslovak visitors through extant photographic material. It focused on the interwar period, Tunisian architecture, ancient monuments, fauna and flora and the everyday lives of Tunisian people. The exhibition opening took place on 11 May 2018 in the Bardo National Museum in Tunisia.

In Estonia and Lithuania, the exhibition projects “Unknown heroine” and “…and then the tanks came” commemorated the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968.