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Comenius 1592-1670. Between Insanity and Sanity. John Amos Comenius' World

Riding Hall of the Prague Castle | 20. 12. 2020 - 31. 5. 2021

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In 2020 the whole cultural world commemorates the 350th death anniversary of the Moravian native, scholar, pedagogue and theologian of world renown John Amos Comenius (1592-1670). He is one of the central personalities of Czech and European cultural memory and remains a cornerstone of the national, confessional and professional collective identity. Since the beginning of the modern reflexion  of his work and personality, a plentiful quantity of artistic, literary and later theatre and film representations were created confirming and retroactively strengthening the historical importance  of the "Teacher of Nations". On the occasion of the big jubilee the Centre for humanistic studies / Moravian Museum prepares an exhibition in the Riding Hall of the Prague Castle that presents Comenius in a broad context of Czech and European history of his time. Die exhibition is based on key phenomena of social and spiritual history of early modern times reflected in art works and ideas of period thinkers. Crucial themes in the thoughts of Comenius are presented through many exhibits from Czech and foreign collections many of which will be shown to the public for the very first time. Comenius' second life and changes of his spiritual heritage in the past centuries will also be on display.

Exhibition concept and selection of exhibits: Lenka Stolárová and Vít Vlnas with the support of the Department of Comeniology and intellectual history of early modern times at the Philosophical Institute  of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.