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COMMUNITY COMPASS: Exhibition opens window on Czech ‘gems’

SOMETHING FOR ALLFrom technology and fine art to architecture, the exhibition provides a chance to learn more about this central European country’s rich history

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

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The National Taiwan Museum and the Czech Economic and Cultural Office (CECO) on Tuesday opened the “Czech Gems” exhibition and invited art lovers to explore modern art and Baroque architecture from the Czech Republic.

The exhibition, which runs until April 5, features technology, music, design, modern art, sports and scenery of the Czech Republic, from ancient to modern times.

Located in central Europe, the Czech Republic’s long history and rich culture have given birth to fine literature, art, craft and architecture that are admired all over the world, Council of Cultural Affairs Minister Huang Pi-twan (黃碧端) said.

CECO Representative Jaroslav Dolecek said the word “gem” does not just mean a precious stone that has been cut and polished, as it also denotes something that is prized, especially for its great beauty or perfection, or someone who is in some way outstanding and unique.

“One can find such gems in every country, including Taiwan,” Dolecek said. “The Czech Gems exhibition will take you on a remarkable journey through the history of the Czech Republic up to the present day and will provide a window on a place that for some [is] a distant and little-known country somewhere in Europe.”

Dolecek said the exhibition offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with the achievements, famous personalities, world-­renowned inventions, breathtakingly beautiful architecture and refreshing modern art of the Czech Republic.

“I am confident there is something for everyone in the exhibition, something that you will find interesting, surprising or admirable, and which will bring you joy, expand your knowledge, and leave you with a positive impression of my country and its people,” Dolecek said.

According to the museum, the “Czech Gems” exhibition will also be presented at the National Tainan Living Art Center from April 8 to June 14, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Kaohsiung County Government from June 27 to July 26, the Taichung County Seaport Art Center from Aug. 8 to Sept. 6, and the National Taitung Living Art Center from Sept. 19 to Oct. 30.

The museum said that in recent years the CCA had cooperated with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic to promote an international cultural exchange program.

“In 2005, the museum launched a special exhibition titled ‘A Thousand Faces of Formosa: the Nature and Tradition of Taiwan’ at the Czech Republic’s National Museum,” she said.

This was achieved on the basis of an exchange agreement between the CCA and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, she said.

In 2007, the museum invited the Czech Republic’s National Museum to bring the “Traditional Czech Puppets” exhibition to Taiwan, which gave the public a chance to learn more about one of the Czech Republic’s most important traditional art forms, Huang said.

“After several years of interaction and exchange, cooperation between Taiwan and the Czech Republic on exhibitions and cultural heritage preservation has strengthened the cultural ties between the two countries,” she said.The National Taiwan Museum and the Czech Economic and Cultural Office (CECO) on Tuesday opened the “Czech Gems” exhibition and invited art lovers to explore modern art and Baroque architecture from the Czech Republic.

The exhibition, which runs until April 5, features technology, music, design, modern art, sports and scenery of the Czech Republic, from ancient to modern times.

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