Mezinárodní loutkařská unie

International Puppeteers Union

Union International de Marrionette

Exhibition “The Czech Puppet”

We would like to draw the attention of all on the CZECH PUPPET Exhibition taking place at the Imperial Stable of the Prague Castle from October 25th, 2002 – February 23rd, 2003.

The exhibition is organized by the Management of the Prague Castle under the auspices of Václav Havel, President of the Czech Republic.

By means of selected authentic documents, the Czech Puppet Exhibition is going to draw nearer to the public specific traditions of the Czech Puppetry from the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries up to the present times with the special emphasis on the fine art aspects of Czech puppets. It takes place for the first time in this range and orientation.

The first part, presenting mostly historic marionettes of the Czech migratory puppeteers will show us roughly 200 year-long history of the Czech migratory puppet theatres, possibly the fine art forms and the technology of the then most frequently used puppets. The second part, is going to make the visitors acquainted with puppets miraculously produced by several puppet companies; the last part is ultimately going to offer puppets generally produced from the second half of the 20th century up to the present times. In the classic Czech modern puppetry there excel at puppets designed by Josef Skupa and puppets by Jiří Trnka. Designs by Jan Švankmajer, Milan Knížák, František Skála and Petr Nikl represent the puppets of the contemporary authors.

Exhibits will be lent to the organizers of the exhibition by many Czech public and private collections, inventories of puppet theatres and personal belongings of fine artists.

The exhibition is opened daily except Monday at the Imperial Stable of the Prague Castle from 10:00 to 18:00.