Czech Exhibit

czechbuildingSince October is Czech Heritage Month in Texas, the Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas will feature an exhibit sponsored by the Czech Center Museum Houston.

In four large display cases, the exhibit will focus on Czech history, Czech artists, Czech musicians, and local Czech organizations.

The first display case will include a timeline of the important events in Czech history from the arrival of the Slavs in central Europe through to the presidency of Vaclav Klaus, with some interesting pictures of President Obama’s recent visit to Prague. Around the borders of the display there will be pictures of heroes of Czech history and a brief description of each one’s accomplishment.

The second display case will include information about Czech artists, e.g., Frantisek Kupka whose painting “The Yellow Scale” is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In this part of the display, there will be an emphasis on the works of Oldrich Kulhanek who now lives in Prague, CR. His art was often very critical of the communist government of past years. In several of his sketches of pigs, for example, the pigs have the faces of the despised communist officials. pigs

The third case will honor the four great Czech composers: Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak, Leos Janacek, and Bohuslave Martinu. The fourth case will show the publications of the many Czech organizations that are active in Texas and the US.

The exhibit will run from October 1st through October 30th.

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