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29.03.2012 | 00:00

The Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region in Kutna Hora will become a venue for the Czech section of the international exhibition project Europa Jagellonica /Art and Culture in Central Europe under the Jagiellonian Dynasty /1386-1572.

Europa Jagellonica /Art and Culture in Central Europe under the Jagiellonian Dynasty /1386-1572 is a Czech-German-Polish exhibition which introduces art and culture in Central Europe at the dawn of the Early Modern Age. The main objective of the project is to introduce the Jagiellonian dynasty, in the wider international context of Central and Eastern Europe, for the first time in history highlighting its’ impact in the area of arts and culture in particular.

The major project will commence with the Czech section of the exhibition in Kutna Hora. The lead theme of the exhibition will be: “Silver Mining and Art around the year 1500”. The exhibition will then travel to Warsaw in Poland and will continue from October 2012 until January 2013 at two venues – the Royal Palace and the National Museum. The theme for the Polish section will be “Jagiellonian dynasty – European rulers between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea”. Europa Jagellonica will culminate in the German city of Potsdam from March 2013 until June 2013. The title of the German section will be “The connection of love and fidelity. Marital politics of the Jagiellonian Dynasty with the imperial noble families”.

EUROPA JAGELLONICA 1386-1572 Art and Culture in Central Europe under the Jagiellonian Dynastyhas been granted patronage by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the participating countries – in the Czech Republic Mr Karel Schwarzenberg, in Germany Mr Quido Westerwelleand Mr Rastislaw Sikorsky in Poland. The patronage of the accompanying programme of the international exhibition Europa Jagellonica has been granted by the Minister of Culture in the Czech Republic Alena Hanakova.

The Czech section of the exhibition takes place in Kutna Hora, a city listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kutna Hora lies 90 kilometres away from Prague and it is a place where Vladislav II was voted the first Czech king of the Jagiellonian Dynasty in 1471. The second most important city of the Czech Kingdom after Prague became a royal treasury at the dawn of the 13th century mainly thanks to its resources of silver. The silver from Kutna Hora provided funding for the magnificent building projects of Charles IV among many other things. The Jagiellonian era significantly impacted on the “face” of Kutna Hora and its historic buildings will become an integral part of the exhibition. Some of them will be open to the public for the first time such as the architecturally remarkable elevated galleries of Saint Barbara Cathedral, designed by royal builder Benedikt Ried. The exhibition will also feature other Czech historic towns, castles, chateaux, monasteries and churches which owe their current look to the Jagiellonian era as well as major Czech museum and gallery collections.

The exhibition will showcase 200 remarkable works of art dating as far back as the medieval era with exhibits being gathered from not only the Czech and European institutions but also from overseas and from private collections. Visitors will be able to see panel paintings, graphics and drawings from Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach sr., The Master of the Litomerice Altarpiece and from many other medieval artists. The exhibition will further display richly illuminated manuscripts from the Krakow court painter Stanislav Samostrzelnik, Prague illuminators Valentino, Matous and others, precious documents belonging to the royal and municipal offices and many more. Sculptures and reliefs made of wood and stone from the workshop of Veit Stoss, Master Pavel of Levoca, Peter Vischer jr., jewellery and other luxurious objects from daily life will all be on display and will illustrate the life of the nobility as well as the high standard of the craftsmanship.

The author of the exhibition Jiri Fajt is hoping that the Jagiellonian Exhibition will generate similar interest to his previous successful project »Charles IV, Emperor by the Grace of God«, in 2005/2006 which was seen by more than 250,000 visitors at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Prague Castle. The architectural design of the exhibition will be carried out by Jiri Javurek of the SGL Projekt. The author of the visuals, the logo of the exhibition and the exhibition graphics is Pavel Lev of Najbrt Studio.

Supporting Institutions

More than 120 different institutions and individuals have provided exhibits for the project. The international institutions include: the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid; the Bibliothéque Nationale de France in Paris; the British Museum in London; the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna; the Staatliche Museen in Berlin; the Bodleian Library in Germany; the Ontario Art Gallery in Toronto; as well as collection-based institutions in Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw and many others.

   We would particularly like to highlight the excellent support received from the office of the Prague Archbishop, The Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka himself, and the Archbishop of Olomouc Jan Graubner as well as many other episcopates, deaneries and vicarages. We would also like to mention the wonderful support provided by Saint Jacob´s archdeacon Mr Uhlir.

 Many exhibits were also loaned by the National Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the National Heritage Institute, the National Gallery in Prague, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the National Archive, the National Library, the Archive and Museum of the Capital City of Prague, the Ales´ South Bohemian Gallery in Hluboka nad Vltavou etc.

Entrance fees and opening hoursof the Europa Jagellonica Exhibition at The Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region in Kutna Hora (GASK):

Visitors will be able to buy tickets at the venue as well as in advance. The tickets will also be available at the newly opened Information Centre of the Central Bohemian Region in Husova Street in Prague 1 which will also offer a little taster of the exhibition taking place in Kutna Hora. A special ticket allowing entrance to the exhibition itself as well as to all the 12 objects connected to it and located in Kutna Hora will also be on offer. The organisers are trying to create a “day pass” which would entitle the holder to attend all of the events accompanying the Europa Jagellonica exhibition which will be taking place all over the country.

Europa Jagellonica Exhibition will be open daily from May 20 until September 30 2012:

Monday to Sunday  10am– 6pm

At busy times during the high season the opening hours will be extended until 8pm.  

Admission fees:


                                                                                              ADULT                  REDUCED (students, seniors)

EXHIBITION ONLY                                                         CZK 190                                CZK 90

SPECIAL TICKET /inclusive of events in KH/            CZK 390                                               CZK 250


SCHOOL TRIPS – STUDENTS CZK 50, accompanying teachers and staff - free


GASK  Kutná Hora  

Barborská 51-53, 284 01 Kutná Hora

For media enquiries please contact:

Alexandr Koráb

Mobile: +420 724 913 491


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