Archive: Between the East and the West St.Cyril and Methodius in the Culture of the Czech Lands


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Between the East and the West 
Saint Cyril and Methodius in the Culture of the Czech Lands
April 25 — August 11, 2013
Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum | Gallery, Cloister
The Exhibition and the accompanying publication are part of a common Project of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic to commemorate the Cyril-Methodius Anniversary, which includes the following basic events auspiced by the Ministry of Culture: exhibitions in the Moravian Museum in Brno and in the Olomouc Museum of Art, as well as scientific conferences given by the Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences in Brno.

The basic theme of the Exhibition held in the Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum is to present the cultural, historical and artistic aspects connected with the 1150th Anniversary of the Coming of the Missionaries Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia. The Exhibition and the accompanying collective monograph display the phenomenon of the Cyril-Methodius esteem and tradition as reflected in the visual arts in the territory of the Czech Republic within a large span of time from the Medieval Ages up to the 21st century.

The 1150th Anniversary of the Arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Great Moravia becomes currently associated with the 950th anniversary of the establishment and/or renewal of the Olomouc Bishopric, whose very origins are also linked with the Great Moravian period.

In line with the exhibition philosophy, the Exhibition and the accompanying publication focus on these basic themes: life of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the historical and cultural context of Great Moravia, legends and literature, Slavonic liturgy, literary traditions, iconography and visual arts, Renaissance and Baroque historicism, and “the second life“ in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this respect, the concept of the Exhibition follows the recent similar projects, such as e.g. the exhibitions arranged by the National Gallery in Prague St. Wenceslas – Patron Saint of the Czech Nation (2008/2009) or Saint Agnes of Bohemia – Princess and Cloistress (2011/2012), which presented the cult and the cultural tradition of these patron saints in a similar complexity and visuality.