Exhibitions - February 2017
The Klementinum Serves Readers for 240 Years
February 9 – 11, 2017
The National Library of the Czech Republic organises the exhibition Maria Theresa Did It Well on the occasion of the 240th anniversary of opening the library to the public. Visitors have the opportunity to look at the originals of documents, for instance the notice of Joseph II and Maria Theresa on the establishment of the public library (from February 7, 1777) or the regulations for the reading room visitors dated of November 1785.
At the instigation of Franz Joseph Count Kinsky, Empress Maria Theresa issued a decree on February 6th, 1777, by which she officially confirmed the establishment of the new public Imperial-Royal University Library, formed by four large library wholes and based at the Klementinum. As soon as in autumn 1777, it is four years after Pope dissolved the Jesuit Order, the library began to serve first public readers.
„We have prepared the exhibition to commemorate a significant act, by which the Klementinum library collections were made available to the general public, not only to the members of the Society of Jesus and university students,“ says Petr Kroupa, general director of the National Library of the CR.
Apart from the original notice on the establishment of the public library mentioned above, the display also presents a plan of the Klementinum groundfloor from the 2nd half of the 18th century, the notice of the then library director informing about opening the library to the public, opening hours of two reading rooms and other documents related to the opening of the public library.
Mirror Chapel, Klementinum, entrance from Marian Square, Praha 1
February 9 – 11, 2017, 10 am – 6 pm
The Bulgarian Czechs
January 19 - February 25, 2017
A panel exhibition has been organised in association with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Cultural Institute. It documents fates of many Czechs, who left for just liberated Bulgaria in 1878 to help with its development and establishment. They were engaged in almost all spheres of industry, and public and cultural life as well. Up to the present, they have been closely related to the history of Bulgaria. Many of them adopted this country as their second homeland and stayed there for ever. The display is focused on twenty best known Bulgarian Czechs. It was created as a project of the Bulgarian Press Agency and the State Archives, Ivo Chadžimišev being its curator.
Exhibition corridor, ground floor
Monday to Saturday: 9 am – 7 pm
Admission 10 CZK (the NL readers free)
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