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Temporary exhibitions in 2018

01Atoll and the Wandering Sun

Pavel Navrátil in dialogue with Zdeněk Macháček, Miroslav Šimorda and Bohumír Matal
This exhibition presents the work of the painter Pavel Navrátil from Brno from the nineteen fifties to the nineteen eighties along with the work of his contemporaries and colleagues. Navrátil’s stylised paintings and abstract compositions, his cycle of paintings Pompeii, his period of deep immersion in the landscape and his final works will all be on display. The creative endeavours of a generation marked by war and Communism are outlined by the stories of four natives of Brno. These artists responded to unfavourable times by escaping into nature and reflections of natural phenomena, the universe and time.
22 February – 29 April 2018

021918 – What the War Gave Us and What It Took Away…

The main exhibition at Brno City Museum this year takes us back to the year 1918, the end of World War I and the formation of new states in Europe, including Czechoslovakia, and remembers the soldiers returning to Brno from the front lines. The exhibition explains the impact the war had on society and the geopolitical situation. Even something as terrible as the war had its positive consequences, however, such as great technological advancement and the birth of the independent Czechoslovak state. The museum is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of our state with a reminder of the courage and the fear of our predecessors. A hundred and fifty historical exhibits and photographs – silent witnesses of their time – are to be exhibited in six thematic sections in the south wing of Špilberk Castle.
3 May – 31 December 2018

04Visions of Modernity. Rudolf Sandalo (1899–1980)

Modern architecture in interwar Czechoslovakia is to be presented for the first time through the photographs of Rudolf Sandalo the younger from the collections of Brno City Museum. These unique images give an impression of the avant-garde architecture of Czechoslovakia on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the republic, such as the Moravian Bank in Brno and the Green Frog Swimming Baths in Trenčianske Teplice. The exhibition is accompanied by a smaller exposition at Villa Tugendhat which was also celebrated in Sandalo’s photography.
31 May – 26 August 2018

05Ex post

This traditional glass exhibition at Špilberk is to be an indirect commemoration of the success of Czech glassmakers at the legendary EXPO 58 in Brussels. It is to present artistic glassmakers of the youngest generation who are, in the context of contemporary work, following on from the creative ideas and approaches that first appeared at the World Exhibition sixty years ago. The work of these three graduates of studios in Prague, Zlín and Ústí nad Labem draws on the legacy left by the exhibition in Brussels for modern Czech glassmaking.
14 June – 19 August 2018

061968 in Brno Through the Eyes of the Censor

In August 2018, fifty years will have passed since of the occupation of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic by Warsaw Pact armies. This exhibition is a reminder of what happened in Brno and how the conservative core of the Czechoslovak Communist Party and the occupation propaganda reacted to the invasion. It does not, however, cover merely the occupation – the exhibition also remembers its first anniversary and the beginnings of Normalisation. Part of the exposition is also to show the “second life” of the event in the present day, when the occupation is being interpreted by extremist groups and conspiracy webs in bizarre fashion. The deformation of history today seems to be “Orwellian” reality.
22 August – 28 October 2018

03The Marionettes of Pavel and Marie Jirásek

Historic Czech marionettes from the collection of husband and wife Pavel and Marie Jirásek, including Spejbl and Hurvínek, will be on display at Špilberk Castle at the very end of the year. Advent and the winter are traditionally meant with children in mind at the castle. Husband and wife Pavel and Marie Jirásek from Brno have been collecting marionettes for three decades, though this exhibition will be the first opportunity of seeing their marionettes in their home town in spite of the fact that they have already been seen in the USA and China. The marionettes on display include ones made by professionals and amateurs, though they were all made with love for children and the theatre and respect for the craft.
22 November 2018 – 20 January 2019