Festive opening of National celebrations of Jan Amos Comenius’ anniversaries
National celebrations started by a festive opening ceremony on September 2, 2019 in the National Museum Pantheon. It was attended by representatives of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Culture, other significant figures of the political life and from foreign embassies, as well as important personalities from academic, social and cultural fields. To Comenius’ honour a concert of classical music was given, played by Capella Regia Praga under the baton of Robert Hugo.
International Comeniological conference - Comenius’ legacy in art and art education
It was aimed at the popularization of Comenius’ personality as reflected in science and arts, and included examples of the mediation of the presented themes by untraditional tools (workshops, artistic performances, an exhibition). Conference speeches will be published in Historia scholastica journal.
Exhibition: Historical portraits of J. A. Comenius and his contemporaries
The exhibition showed period works of art depicting J.A. Comenius. Displayed were also precious portraits of his Polish donors (noble family Leszczynski.).
A liturgical goblet of the Unity of the Brethren from 1564 was the most exclusive exhibit. It is part of the collections of Regional museum in Leszno, and it was for the first time ever that the goblet was lent outside the Polish territory. The goblet was made in 1564 on the territory of Bohemia or Moravia and served to an unspecified Brethren group. It was used by Comenius himself, too.
Exhibition “Learn to Be Wise! Orbis Pictus in the Course of Time”
A joint exhibition of National Museum and Comenius National Pedagogical Museum and Library presented one of the most famous works by the Teacher of Nations. The textbook Orbis pictus was also gratefully remembered by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe himself.
J. A. K.: Comenius in the Cultures of Remembering
The exhibition is one of the contributions by the Czech Academy of Sciences to the 350th death anniversary of Jan Amos Comenius. It will acquaint the broader public with a research in the cultures of memory and Comenius as a symbol and canonic figure in the context of societal, political, artistic and media changes in the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition does not claim to create and petrify a certain picture of Comenius, on the contrary, it will present a historical variability and genre diversity of remembering and of forms of collective memory. The exhibition is held under the auspices of the President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Professor Eva Zažímalová.
Exhibition Comenius 1592-1670
To mark the approaching 350th anniversary of his death (1670-2020), the Moravian Provincial Museum is preparing a jubilee exhibition „Comenius 1592-1670“ to take place in Prague Castle Riding School between may 3, 2020 – may 31, 2021. The exhibition will introduce Comenius in a broad context of Czech and European history of his time. It will purposely avoid an obligatory biographical scheme, which in the past mostly concentrated on places attached to Comenius in the chronological order. In biografically conceived exhibition projects up to now, an accent on documenting Comenius‘ life a work prevailed. The exhibition under preparation, on the contrary, aims not only at assembling materials of documentary nature, but also at acquaniting professional and general publics, including the young generation, with new themes in an innovative manner. The concept is based on a new presentation of Comenius, which will intertwine big Comeniological emblems with new scholarly perspectives. It will offer an insight into Comenius‘ life and wider themes of religion history, early modern knowledge and collective identity in fresh contexts and looks, which have the potential to address a broader cultural public in both the Czech and European scales. The exhibition will consist of six parts and it will be based on key phenomena of social and spiritual history of early modern ages as depicted in crative arts as well as in works by significant thinkers. The most important themes mingled in Comenius’ thinking will be remembered here through a big amount of exhibits from both Czech and foreign collections, some of which are to be on display for the first time ever. Comenius will also be presented through the optics of historical tradition and transformation of his legacy of thought over the course of the past centuries. Jan Amos Comenius is one of the central figures of Czech and European cultural memory and one of the firm foundation stones of the national, confessional and professional collective identity. Since the beginnings of his modern reflection, a huge number of fine art, literary and later also theatrical and film representations came into being, which confirmed and retrospectively strengthened his culturally-historical importance.
Exhibition: Comenius in comic books
In a modern manner and unique way this exhibition will acquaint visitors with Comenius’ life and work. It is conceived to address all generations, with interactive elements offering a modern insight into the personality of the Teacher of Nations. The exhibition is co-created by Klára Smolíková, author of books for children and youth.
New permanent exposition “Mundus Comenii” in Comenius Mausoleum in Naarden
The exposition “Mundus Comenii” which tries to discover the personality of Comenius in historical, social and intellectual contexts, was put together by professionals from different Comeniological departments (including experts from the Netherlands). The exhibition is based on information disclosed to visitors in several stages, complemented by a system of interactive and audio-visual elements. It will definitely address visitors from all over the world.
Memorial of the Kralice Bible in Kralice upon Oslava – A new permanent exposition
The Memorial’s tradition reaches back to the beginnings of interwar Czechoslovakia. Its new exposition is devoted to the phenomenon of book print, the essential tool of communication of its time („internet of early modern history“). The Kralice Bible is understood as the foundation stone of new Czech language culture.
The new interactive exposition examines the Unity of the Brethren and the role of J.A. Comenius. Under preparation are accompanying booklets and guidebooks for children.
Comenius Museum in Uherský Brod - new permanent exposition devoted to Comenius
One of the important museums with activities focused on the preservation of Comenius’ legacy is waiting to open up a new exposition fully compatible with contemporary presentation methods.
Between June 19 – 21, 2020 an international conference was held in Prague, organized by Comenius Academic Club in New York, whose chairman is Professor Karel Raska Jr., M.D. PhD. The conference will be devoted to the 400th anniversary of the Battle of the White Mountain, a time which Komenský was closely linked to. The motto of the conference is: ...EVEN VANQUISHED ARE SOMETIMES RIGHT.More about the conference
Between the Labyrinth and the Way of Light: Early Modern Metaphors of Knowledge and Johannes Amos Comenius
In spotlight was the problematics of early modern cultures of knowledge and metaphors of knowledge (labyrinth, light, theatre etc.) – in the context of Comenius‘ works as well as in a broader context reflecting the history of philosophy, art, literature and the history of the 16th and 17th centuries.More about the conference
International Comeniological conference - Comenius and Pansophia: Search for System, Method and Harmony of All Things
An international conference will welcome experts and scientific workers from the Czech Republic and abroad. Their papers will focus on the pansophia phenomenon as it was interpreted by Comenius, his predecessors and his followers. The theme offers enough space for papers from various branches of knowledge, which will then be published in a collective monography.More info
International Comeniological conference – Comenius and His Era
Interdisciplinary conference, a meeting of Comeniologists and editors of Comenius’ works, philosophers, theologians, historians, literature historians and scholars who explore the 16th and 17th centuries. Their papers will be published in the Studia Comeniana et historica journal.