We will all be able to learn about the importance of the Jagiellonians in an exhibition “Europa Jagellonica”, part of which is taking place in Kutná Hora.

A little “taster” in Prague.

Czech, Polish and German institutions are taking part in the exhibition. Further parts of the exhibition can be seen in Potsdam and Warsaw. Among around 200 exhibits on display will be those belonging to Prague. In Prague there is to be a little “taster” for the Kutná Hora exhibition, in the newly reopened premises on Jilská street, where several exhibits will be on display.

Prague has much to offer

“Although the definitive scenario for the exhibition is not yet complete, Prague’s archives will provide several important documents from the time of Vladislaus Jagiello. There are also many buildings in Prague which still have well-preserved grand halls and other interiors from the Jagiellonian era,” says  Václav Ledvinka, Director of Prague City Archive. Prague City Museum will also release important items from its collection for the exhibition, which will also feature exhibits from the National Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts and other institutions.

Czechs will be first

The project, coordinated by Czech, Polish and German experts, will have its premiere in Kutná Hora from May to September 2012 and will then continue in Warsaw and Potsdam. The graphic appearance and logo of the exhibition was the work of the Neubert studio, or more precisely the leading Czech graphic designer Pavel Lev, whose designs include banners, posters and a website for the project. This will also bring together the three parts of the exhibition. In Potsdam greater emphasis will be placed on period documents, while the Warsaw exhibition will focus on the extent of the dynastic reign.

Not in the Castle

The pearl of Jagiellonian architecture in the Czech Republic is Prague Castle’s Vladislav Hall, where the Czech part of the exhibition could have taken place. However, the exhibition was turned down by Prague Castle Authority for the very prosaic reason that their budget could not cover it.

Dürer and Paul of  Levoča

The Jagiellonians had an influence on Europe from Lithuania to Croatia, so the Czech part of the exhibition will include the very best available pieces from that era. Visitors will be able to see works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, the Master of the Litoměřice Altar, Master Paul of Levoča, Veit Stoss and Peter Vischer. A total of 350 exhibits will be on display in the exhibition, although not all of them can be shown in all three locations. “In Kutná Hora a great number of exhibits will be on display, but I must admit that not all pieces can be shown three times in succession, so the individual stages of the exhibition will vary slightly,” says senior curator Jiří Fajt.

Getting to know each other

“We know our own national history very well and we know what the Jagiellonians meant to Poland. Czech people know the history of the Jagiellonians on the Czech throne, but there is little mutual knowledge of each other, and that’s where this exhibition will definitely help,” says Malgorzata Kochanowska, curator of the Polish exhibition.

Details and further development of the preparations can be found on the exhibition website.