New permanent exhibition THE WORLD OF COMENIUS
Official opening of the new permanent exhibition The world of Comenius was held on september 3, 2021.
International konference Between the Labyrinth and the Way of Light: Early Modern Metaphors of Knowledge and Johannes Amos Comenius
1.-4. 9. 2021 a conference Between the Labyrinth and the Way of Light: Early Modern Metaphors of Knowledge and Johannes Amos Comenius took place. More info.
Recenze prof. J. Kumpery na výstavy v Akademii věd a v Jízdárně Pražského hradu
Professor Jan Kumpera has written two extensive reviews of exhibitions held within the framework of National celebrations of Jan Amos Comenius and organized in coordination with Comenius National Pedagogical Museum and Library. He expanded on the exhibition in the Academy of Sciences: J.A.K. Comenius in the Cultures of Comemmoration, and on the exhibition in Prague Castle Riding School Comenius 1592-1670. Time Between Reason and Madness. Jan Amos Comenius and His World.
The Comenius Kindergarten and Primary school in Nivnice took action to mark Comenius’ life anniversaries. The first-graders had painted pictures to accompany Comenius’ texts, and then sent their creative piece of art to a competition „The best fairy-tale book“, organized by the „Let Czechia Live“ initiative...
Online debate: Comenius’ legacy
A debate marking the birth anniversary of Jan Amos Comenius (March 28, 1592) will symbolically close the exhibition at the Moravian provincial library, called „Comenius in Pictures“ („Komenský v obrazech“).
The debate, which strives to answer the question „What was left from Comenius for us“, was led by the doyen of Czech historiography, professor Vít Vlnas, with the Director of Comenius Pedagogical Museum and Library, PhDr. Markéta Pánková, and professor Tomáš Knoz from the Historical Institute of the Philosophical Faculty of Masaryk University, participating.
You can follow the debate in recorded broadcast on:
The publication „Wandering the Labyrint of the World“
The book is based on two works by Jan Amos Comenius. The Labyrint of the World and the Paradise of the Heart is Comenius’ work that ranks among his most popular and most frequently read philosophical opuses. It is necessary to say, that Comenius is an unjustly neglected Czech genius. Almost all generations learnt about him at school, but not many have ever read any of his books. Wandering the Labyrint of the World by Michal Vaněček loosely follows up Comenius’ work, used as inspiration for an adventure story for children and youth. A traveller from a far-away planet is coming to the Earth with the task to explore our world. Going through the time he finds out that since the era of Comenius, our world has not at all changed. Unlike in the original work, the modern Wanderer bears much more responsibility a begins to understand that what makes the greatest sense in a human life is everybody’s work on himself/herself and also, work for other people.
The story is accompanied with beautiful illustrations by Lenka Kurovská.
Markéta Pánková answers questions in Římské listy (Roman newspaper)
Roman newspaper brings an interview with the Director of the Comenius National Museum and Library, PhDr. Markéta Pánková, about the National celebrations of anniversaries of Jan Amos Comenius.
A new film about J. A. Comenius
Do you know that Mr. and Mrs. Hlavsa had succeeded to shoot a full-length feature film about Comenius, entitled As Summer Snow? It was shown on Czech TV’s channel 2 (ČT 2) on Monday, January 4th, 2021.
Comenius National Pedagogical Museum and Library (NPMK), too, participated in a special event organized by the Philosophical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, devoted to the reading from Comenius’ works. Due to the complicated situation around the Corona virus, on November 15th, 2020 the whole world connected „online“ to hear the readings, following each other in 15 minutes intervals, across the continents, for 24 hours. Mgr. Martina Halířová, PhD., from NPMK read from Informatorium for Kindergarten, a handbook for education of pre-school children.
Vivat Comenius – Alfred Strejček and Štěpán Rak
Vivat Comenius is a literary-musical project of Alfred Strejček and Štěpán Rak compiled from texts by J.A. Comenius. Thanks to this concerto for a human voice, guitar and Orff instrumentary, the two Czech artists have won international acclaim. The programme features texts from Comenius‘ great work, „General Consultation on an Improvement of All Things Human“.
In Comenius National Pedagogical Museum, this programme, as part of a cycle „Back to the Roots“, was presented for the last time on October 5, 2017.
Now, on the occasion of the 350th death anniversary of Comenius, you can watch a documentary film Vivat Comenius from the cycle entitled The Ways of Faith.
Association of Evangelical Theologians: J.A. Comenius – bishop, theologian and preacher: his legacy for the 21st century
The postponed 31st Theological forum will he held online under the auspices of the Comenius Institute on November 23rd, 2020. It will be addressed by ThDr. Pavel Černý; Th.D., Associate professor Jan Hábl, Ph.D.; Professor Pavel Hošek, PhD. and Associate professor Tabita Landová, PhD.q
Programmes marking November 15, 2020 - the 350th death anniversary of Jan Amos Comenius
Czech Television prepared a cycle of programmes devoted to the 350th anniversary of the death of Jan Amos Comenius. You can find them all on www.ceskatelevize.cz/.../jan-amos-komensky-350-let, including journalistic „Historie.cs“ with its host, historian Marie Koldinská, who invited Director of Comenius National Pedagogical Museum and Library, PhDr. Markéta Pánková and historian Tomáš Knoz.
On November 14th, Czech Radio’s Dvojka programme will broadcast an interview of the host of „Around Czechia“ feature, Václav Žmolík, with Markéta Pánková, entitled „Tracing Comenius, visits to the places linked to Comenius’ life.“
Suchdol nad Odrou is one of the places in Europe where Comenius’ legacy is most palpable, and it is mainly due to Comenius’ spiritual descendants, the Moravian Brethren. Thanks to this fact, Suchdol nad Odrou can be considered a cradle of the renewed Unity of the Brethren, whose heritage is strongly felt here.
A Wanderer Who Comes Back
The exhibition held from September 15th to October 31st, 2020 is organized by the State Gallery of Fine Arts in Litoměřice in cooperation with the Artistic Association, to mark the 350th death anniversary of Jan Amos Comenius. The basic motive of the exhibition is a collection of poems of the same name written by Josef Tkadlec (Samuel Verner), dating back to the year 1942. For more information see:
Exhibition Comenius in pictures at Moravian provincial library
An exhibition Comenius in pictures in Moravian Provincial Library, held from September 29th to November 11th, 2020, will present Comenius not just as an author of texts but also as a guide through visual information. It will acquaint visitors with Comenius’ principal textbook, Orbis pictus, which served not only as a linguistic handbook, but helped develop systematic knowledge of individual aspects of the world and the life in it. The second part is devoted to a map of Moravia through which Comenius influenced a cartographic language which is valid to date. The National revival movement in the 19th century breathed new life to Comenius. The picture of him, not only in the figurative sense of the word, keeps staying in the general cognizance up to now. How Comenius was depicted and of what importance his portraits are now, will be shown in the third part of the exhibition.
The opening ceremony will be held on September 29th, 2020 in the Conference hall at Moravian provincial library in Brno
The Comenius Academic Club - a debate
A debate of renowned Czech personalities will be held at National Pedagogical Museum on October 23rd, 2020. Prof. PhDr. Jaroslav Pánek, DrSc. will deliver a speech about the 400th anniversary of the Battle of the White Mountain, Prof. Karel Raška, M.D., Ph.D. will talk about the current Covid-19 pandemia and Prof. Ing. Jiří Málek DrSc. will discuss the evaluation and funding of science in the Czech Republic
National Pedagogical University
Colombia, too, namely National Pedagogical University in Bogota, reminds National celebrations of the anniversaries of Jan Amos Comenius.
A composed programme linking parts of the opus mentioned with singing choir music had been planned for October, 2020 in Anthony, the Great church in Liberec. Due to the spread of Corona-virus pandemia, the concert is postponed until further notice.
The life story and the most famous work of Jan Amos Comenius, Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart, has also been dealt with in modern animated documents.
Comenius Museum Naarden Foundation announces that regarding preventive measures against the spread of Corona virus, Comenius Commemoration Day, planned for March 28, 2020 has been cancelled. We will inform about other activities organised as part of Comenius Year 2020 as soon as it is possible to realize them.
On March 11 - June 30, 2020 Comenius Pedagogical Library presents in its building a follow-up of a successful exhibition “Learn to Be Wise! Orbis Pictus in the Course of Ages II.”
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the very day when the birth anniversary of scholar Jan Amos Comenius is commemorated, a festive opening of a new permanent exhibition Mundus Comenii – the World of Comenius will take place in Comenius Museum in Naarden.
A nationwide conference of Czech Waldorf school teachers will be held in the Waldorf school in Příbram. The theme discussed will be Human dignity.
For June 2020, an international conference was planned to be held in Prague. The Comenius Academic Club, chaired by Professor Karel Raska, Jr., M.D., PhD. and seated in New York City, was to organize an international conference under the motto „The defeated, too, can sometimes be right“ , focused on the upcoming 400th anniversary of the battle of the White Mountain, a period tightly linked with Jan Amos Comenius. Due to the spread of the Covid-19 illness, the conference has been abolished
The 350th death anniversary of Comenius as a UNESCO anniversary
At the 40th session of its General conference, the UN Education, Science and Culture Organization, UNESCO, included Comenius’ 350th death anniversary in a list of anniversaries over which it will take patronage in the years 2020-2021.
Comenius and pansophia – call for papers
In collaboration with other institutions, Comenius Museum in Uherský Brod is preparing the 32nd international comeniological colloquium Comenius and pansophia – Search for System, Method and Harmony of All Things. It will be held in November 2020.
The opening of national celebrations of Jan Amos Comenius (2020 - 2022)
National celebrations of Jan Amos Comenius were festively opened in the Pantheon of the National Museum Historical building. Part of it was a press conference. In the course of the following three years a series of ventures will take place, some of them international. Comenius celebrations will be in the spotlight till the end of 2022.