Year of Jewish Culture - 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague

The project is held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Vítězslav Jandák, Chairman of the House of Representatives Lubomír Zaorálek, Chairman of the Senate Přemysl Sobotka, Mayor of the City of Prague Pavel Bém and Václav Havel.

Programme (January - March)

lectures & discussions
social events
Czech Centres


Robert Guttmann Gallery, Jewish Museum in Prague
Michael Bielický: This Year in Jerusalem, until January 15
Telematic installation.
The Man Who Never Gave Up - The Story of Josef Polák (1886-1945), February 2 to March 19
The exhibition introduces life stories of the almost completely forgotten man who built a world famous institution from the small Prague Jewish museum.
Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov
Installations of Monumental Sculptures by Aleš Veselý, until April 17
The exhibition includes the artist’s earlier works, primarily from the 1960’s, his recent sculptures, as well as sketches and models of his monumental projects.
City Museum in Česká Třebová
Neighbours Who Disappeared – travelling exhibition of the JMP, January 23 to February 2
The project Neighbours Who Disappeared provides young people (aged 12-18) with an opportunity to search for neighbours who disappeared from their neighbourhood particularly during the Second World War.
Tel: +420 465 534 516,
City Museum in Kamenice nad Lipou
Neighbours Who Disappeared – travelling exhibition of the JMP, March 8 to April 4
Moravian Museum Brno
Fritz Grünbaum – Grüss mich Gott!, in collaboration with Theatermuseum in Vienna, March 21 to September 16
The exhibition presents the life and work of Brno artist Fritz Grünbaum – known in Vienna and Berlin for his roles as a cabaret artist, as well as an actor, dancer, director and writer.
Museum of Art Olomouc
Terry Haass - Light – Time – Space, March 23 to May 14
The first major retrospective exhibition of the painter, sculptor and graphic artist who was born in Moravia and lives in Paris and whose work is only marginally known in the Czech Republic. A documentary film about the life and work of Terry Haass will be shown at the exhibition opening on March 16.
Regional Museum in Most
The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia and Jewish Customs and Traditions – travelling exhibitions of the JMP, March 7 to April 30
Terezín Memorial
Hitler’s Gift to the Jews, January 2 to February 20
The exhibition represents five artists, Norbert Troller, Otto (Karas) Kaufmann, Georg Wolff, Jaroslav Löbl and Eveline Friederike Finke – Isaac, who were interned in Terezín. In spite of their physical and psychological afflictions, they overcame the difficult reality and left their unfading traces in their works of fine art. The exhibited pieces are from the collection of the Terezín Memorial, the JMP and the State Regional Archives in Litoměřice.
VAVRO ORAVEC – Exhibition Commemorating the Artist’s 90th Birthday, March 1 to May 31
The exhibition of paintings that retain the originality of a naive view and personal expression, shedding light of the indefinable sensitivity and providing a unique glance into the human soul.
Jičín Regional Museum and Gallery / Baševi o.s.
The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia and Jewish Customs and Traditions – travelling exhibitions of the JMP, January 19 to February 26
Prague Castle Picture Gallery – Prague Castle in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum in New York
Charles IV - Emperor by the Grace of God. Culture and art in the reign of the last of the Luxembourgs. 1347 – 1437
The exhibition includes judaica from the Collections of the JMP. February 16 to May 21


Jewish Museum in Prague - Spanish Synagogue
Schulhoff Quartet, February 1 at 7 p.m.
Hans Krása: String Quartet, Ervín Schulhoff: Five Pieces for a String Quartet, Gideon Klein: Fugue for a String Quartet
Music from the Time of Anne Frank, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Music by Dutch Jewish composers from the 1930´s and 40´s supplemented by pieces of contemporary composers.
Eleonore Pameijer – flute, Marcel Worms - piano
In collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Embassy
Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové - Vocal ensemble Adash – conducted by Tomáš Novotný
Under the auspices of the Ambassador of the State of Israel, HM Arie Arazi

From Abraham to Israel, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Josef Mysliveček – Abraham and Yitzhak, Selection of Jewish Songs (a capella), Jewish and Israeli Songs
Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, Hradec Králové, tel 495 211 375


Embassy of the State of Israel in collaboration with the Nationsl Film Archives, Kino Ponrepo
Festival of Israeli Films, February 27 to March 1
canceled: Wisdom of the Pretzel / Chochmat Habejgale, (directed by Ilan Heitner, 2002), February 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Walk on Water / Lalechet al Hamajim, (directed by Eytan Fox, 2003), February 27 at 8:00 p.m.
The Summer of Aviya / Kajic šel Avija (directed by Eli Cohen), February 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Yellow Asphalt / Asfalt cahov (directed by Danny Verete, 2000), February 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Halfon Hill / Giv'at Halfon ejna ona (directed by Assi Dayan, 1975), March 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Kippour / Kipur (directed by Amos Gitai, 2000), March 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Tel 224 233 281
Polish Institute
Polish Directors on Judaism
Austeria, directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, February 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Daleko od okna, directed by Jan Jakub Kolski, February 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Purymovy zazrak, directed by Izabela Cywinska, February 28 at 5:30 p.m.


One World, March 2 to 9
Lucerna, Světozor, Evald, Mat and Ponrepo cinemas
One day within the festival will be devoted to Jewish films that focus on the tradition and diversity of the culture. One of the presented films, Jews in Iran, depicts the life of the almost 2700 year-old Jewish Diaspora in Iran. A klezmer concert will be held on March 7.
Febiofest, March 23 to 31
Multiplex Village Cinemas Anděl, Ponrepo Cinema
The festival includes a screening of films containing Jewish themes at the Jewish Town Hall at Maiselova 18, Prague 1.


Archa Theatre
Arnošt Goldflam: MASOCHISTA – five evenings: Dětství a zmatky duše (January 10), Dospívání a vzpoury (January 17), Solidní život a jeho cena (January 24), Smrti a konce (January 31), Celý život, (February 7), at 8 p.m.
Every Tuesday evening, Arnošt Goldflam retells tales from his own and other people’s lives. Dreams, stories, fables narrated in a never-ending stream of consciousness, and always with an open ending. In Czech
Divadlo Na Fidlovačce
Franz Werfel: JACOBOWSKI A PLUKOVNÍK, January 14, February 4 and 25 at 3 p.m., January 19, 31 and February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
A play written in 1942 by Prague native Franz Werfel (1890-1945), directed by Juraj Deák. In Czech
Divadlo Na Zábradlí
A week-end festival in February, more information at
Divadlo pod Palmovkou
Leopold Lahola: SKVRNY NA SLUNCI, January 10 and 21, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.
There are many dramas with strong story lines, but few contain such intensity and ample humour as Leopold Lahola´s play. In Czech
Divadlo U stolu v Brně
Isaac Bashevis Singer: TAJBELE A JEJÍ DÉMON, adapted and directed A. Přidal, premiere on February 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
An entertaining, cheerful, and moving love story by Nobel Prize winner, I.B. Singer, who is also one of the most original story-tellers of contemporary fiction. In Czech

lectures & discussions

Jewish Museum in Prague – Education and Culture Centre
My Encounters with Judaism - Václav Havel, January 11 at 6 p.m.
Petr Brod moderates a series of discussions in the framework of the international project „Culture without Borders – Jewish Culture is a Part of European Identity“, with the support of the programme Culture 2000 of the European Union:
Jewish Culture – What Is It? – Z. Procházková-Hartmann, I. Klíma, P. Štingl, January 16 at 6 p.m.
The Jewish Resistance during the Second World War - PhDr. J. Milotová, J. Franěk and resistance members B. Kopold and G. Singer, January 30 at 6 p.m.
Judaism and Other Religions – evening with representatives of Judaism, Catholicism and evangelic faiths, February 16 at 6 p.m. Priorities of Jewish Life in the Czech Republic – March 16 at 6 p.m. (participants to be announced)
Jewish Education – What and How to Convey? – March 29 at 6 p.m. (participants to be announced)
Series „Prague Jewish Architecture” – lectures by architecture historian Zdeněk Lukeš:
Life and Work of the Architect Rudolf Wels (1882-1944), January 26 at 6 p.m.
Ernst Mühlstein and Victor Fürth, February 23 at 6 p.m.
Bedřich Feuerstein and František Zelenka, March 30 at 6 p.m.
Alive from the Ashes – film by Avraham Harshalom, documentary about a Holocaust survivor, March 1 at 6 p.m.
Thesaurification of Minorities at the Czech and Moravian Museums - seminar prepared in collaboration with the Association of Museums and Galleries, March 9
Prague Jews during the Reign of the Luxemburgs - PhDr. Alexandr Putík, March 20 at 6 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Charles IV - Emperor by the Grace of God, Prague Castle Picture Gallery
Jewish Museum in Prague – Education and Culture Centre / Franz Kafka Society
Prague Vademekum of Franz Kafka – a presentation of the publication by literary researcher PhDr. J. Čermák, Ambassador of the Argentinean Republic J. E. Fleming, and photographer J. Jindra, January 25 at 6 p.m.
In the Footsteps of Franz Kafka – a cultural and educational programme that includes a brief introduction of the life and work of Franz Kafka, including a guided tour and a visit to the Franz Kafka Library. In Czech, Englisch, German and Spanish
Jewish Community in Liberec – Lecture Series:
Daily and Festal Prayers - Mgr. Marta Novotná, January 9 at 5 p.m.
Kabbala – introductory lecture - Pavel Vrátný, January 26 at 5 p.m.
Tu bi-švat – Mgr. M. Novotná, February 6 at 5 p.m.
The Beginnings of Kabbala – P. Vrátny, February 23 at 5 p.m.
Purim – Mgr. M. Novotná, March 6 at 5 p.m.
A Bit of Kabbalistic Theory – P. Vrátný, March 23 at 5 p.m.
Museum in České Budějovice
Anti-Semitic Pogrom in České Budějovice in 1505 – PhDr. J. Podlešák, March 13 at 4:45 p.m.

social events

Jewish Museum in Prague – Spanish Synagogue
Commemorative evening marking the occasion of the Memorial Day of the Holocaust Victims and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, January 26 at 7 p.m.
Famous Czech actress Vlasta Chramostová will read „Pan učitel Katz” by Josef Škvorecký, Kocian Quartet will perform String Quartet No 8 „In Memory of the Victims of Fascism” by Dmitriy Shostakovich and String Quartet in C minor, Op.51/1 by Johannes Brahms
Union Prague-Cáchy/Aachen - Marble Hall of the Clam-Gallas Palace
Evening devoted to JUDr. Josef Polák, one of the founders of the Jewish Museum in Prague, February 16 at 6 p.m.
Jewish Museum in Prague – Education and Culture Centre / Franz Kafka Society
Rodinné dědictví /Jména Židů v Čechách a na Moravě/ - literary evening devoted to a new book by Ruth Bondy published by the Franz Kafka Publishing House, March 27 at 6 p.m.

Czech Centres

Czech Centre in Sophia
Long-lost Faces – Recollections of Holocaust victims in documents and photographs, travelling exhibition of the JMP, January 27 to February 28
Czech Centre in Stockholm
The European Cultural Landscape and the Jewish Experience – international congress, Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, in the framework of the project Sweden and the Holocaust 2005-2007 prepared by the Living History Forum, March 20 to 23


With the support of the State Fund of Culture of the Czech Republic


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