Memorial of National Literature = Museum of Czech Literature
After almost seventy years, the Memorial of National Literature has changed its name and headquarters. It moved from the Strahov Monastery to the Petschek Villa in Bubeneč and opened its collections to the public as the Museum of Literature. Thousands of archival materials, books and works of art found in its collections have been given the opportunity to speak in the new space, where they are presented in a permanent exhibition and in shorter thematic exhibitions. The permanent exhibition invites you to visit it as a whole that can be followed linearly as a history of literature, while each of the ten rooms is specific and unique in the original concept of its curator. Archival materials are supplemented with audiovisual works by contemporary artists; an extensive digital catalogue with expanding information is available, and accompanying and lecture programmes are held in the multifunctional hall and in the adjacent garden. The renovated building of the Petschek Villa not only has an exhibition space of almost 1,000 m² and a garden, but also modern specialized departments that provide traditional research services. The Memorial of National Literature has become the Museum of Czech Literature. Welcome.
The World as Open Book / Permanent exhibition of the Museum of Czech Literature
What do we really exhibit when exhibiting “literature”? While the manuscripts, printed materials, visual artefacts and archival materials mirror the personalities of the authors, the work itself remains hidden. In this exhibition, we present the rich and diverse collection of the Museum of Literature, complemented by original audio-visual material. We do so from the current perspective, and therefore with limited knowledge. Our concept follows no specific narrative line, highlighting instead the openness and variability of the relationships, interactions, and transferences which occur in literature. The separately designed individual spaces of the exhibition folow the floor plan of the building; in the prosody of small and large rooms, broader topics are alternated with monographically focused presentations of a single author or literary work. Rotating exhibits and thematic changes during the exhibition run are a reminder of impermanence, which is at the core of our concept. The biblical message about the world being created by words has resonated in literature since the very beginning. I tis also through language that writers create a world that is transformed through reading, both by the workings of individual imagination, and with each new generation. In its unique way, the act of reading – which the exhibition invites us to do – makes the world present and opens it up. At the same time, it inspires us to seek a deeper knowledge of ourselves and a better understanding of other people.
Visit the Museum of Czech Literature online as well!
A virtual catalog guides you through the exhibition and offers the creation of your own collection of favorite exhibits, commentary for kids, and expanding audios.
Muzeum of Czech Literatury / Pelléova 44/22, 160 00 Praha 6
Opening hours / Tue–Sun, 10–18