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“TRANSATLANTIC KAFKA”: THE JEWISH MUSEUM IN PRAGUE IS PREPARING A FOUR-DAY EVENT FULL OF DISCUSSIONS AND TALKS THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORK OF FRANZ KAFKA

From June 17 to 20, the Jewish Museum in Prague will be inviting both local and international visitors to a series of seven talks and discussions centered around the ideas of Franz Kafka in a present-day context. Simultaneous interpreting will be provided. This project will bring together prominent writers, academics, and artists from the United States and Europe to provide their various perspectives on the work of Franz Kafka and on his relationship to love, friendship, and Jewishness.

13. 6. 2024

THE GATES OF THE SPANISH SYNAGOGUE AND THE ROBERT GUTTMANN GALLERY WILL OPEN FOR FREE AS PART OF THE MUSEUM NIGHT ON 6 JUNE

As part of the annual Museum Night, we will be opening our doors free of charge to the Robert Guttmann Gallery and the Spanish Synagogue tomorrow. We are the only Prague museum to do so on that day. Between 6 and 11 p.m., you can feel free to explore both the newly opened “Kafkaesque” exhibition at the Robert Guttmann Gallery (“The Samsa Enigma”, featuring work by the Israeli typographer Oded Ezer) and the breathtaking interior of the Spanish Synagogue.

  • Robert Guttmann Gallery: a guided tour of the new exhibition “The Samsa Enigma” with the curator Michaela Sidenberg, starting at 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Spanish Synagogue: guided tours throughout the evening, available on request. Plus a programme for children.

Tours held during Museum Night don’t have to be booked in advance. Just show up in good time at the Spanish Synagogue or the adjacent Robert Guttmann Gallery (U Staré školy 3, Prague 1).

5. 6. 2024

Set out in pursuit of Odradek

The outdoor game “In Search of Odradek” is based on one of Kafka’s short stories and is now ready to go! Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the Prague Jewish Quarter as it  originally looked before its urban renewal at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

This game promises a journey of discovery through the streets of the Prague Jewish Quarter. You can print its instructions, download them to your phone, or just check them out online. The game is only available in the Czech language.

“In Search of Odradek” was created by Ondřej Buddeus and Hans-Gerd Koch.

 

Instructions for the game

19. 4. 2024

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FRANZ KAFKA WITH IWALKS

Developed by USC Shoah Foundation, IWalk is an educational app that connects concrete physical sites with survivor testimony relating to historical events that took place there. Among the thematic topics explored are the role of propaganda and the danger of prejudice and racism. You can also visit “Kafka sites” – including Kafka’s grave and Karel Projsa’s apartment in Vinohrady, where relatives of deported Jews were provided with food during the Nazi occupation.

Click here to download the app:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.illion.usc
Apple: https://apps.apple.com/cz/app/iwalk-usc-shoah-foundation/id1176057571

19. 4. 2024

We are restoring a library that Franz Kafka used to visit

“A whole building of beautiful lecture halls, large library, quiet, well heated, few students and everything free of charge…” This is how Franz Kafka describes the Berlin Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums” (College for the Science of Judaism) to his friend Robert Klopstock in 1923. On Thursday April 11, the Jewish Museum in Prague will be presenting the “Library of Lost Books” project, which aims to find lost books from the library of this renowned college in Berlin. The museum, in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute, is working with other institutions from around the world in an endeavor to virtually reconstruct this library, which was destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War.

libraryoflostbooks.com

 

 

19. 4. 2024

A new short video about Franz Kafka

Pavlína Šulcová and the artist David Kalika (performing as Kakalík) are marking the centenary of Franz Kafka’s death with a video in honor of his life and work. For all those who wrongly see Kafka as a mere tourist attraction, this video also aims to highlight Kafka’s character.

You can watch this amusing short video on youtube.

19. 4. 2024

The Jewish Museum library’s selection of books read by Kafka

The library of the Jewish Museum in Prague has recently put together a “Best of Franz Kafka” eye-catcher for its visitors. The selection of books are regularly changed and can be borrowed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

19. 4. 2024

The Jewish Museum will be lending items for the exhibition “Through the Eyes of Franz Kafka”

In June, the West Bohemian Gallery in Pilsen will be showcasing works that reflect the writer Franz Kafka’s relationship to the visual arts and visual culture of his time. This exhibition  (June 5 – October 28, 2024, venue: Masné krámy / Meat Market Exhibition Hall) will explore Kafka’s attitude towards his own drawings and towards the paintings made by his friends. The Jewish Museum in Prague is providing several items for the exhibition and is also involved in the preparation of an accompanying monograph, which will include 200 color reproductions.

19. 4. 2024

Works by the Israeli  typographer Oded Ezer coming to Prague

Oded Ezer is a Tel Aviv-based type designer, conceptual typographer and design educator who creates visual content and commentary around subjects such as science, anthropology, religion, history, sociology and politics. From June to the end of September, he will be showcasing the covers he created for the 24 unpublished books of Gregor Samsa, the main character in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. However, it is not entirely clear whether these books or their alleged author, Gregor Samsa, ever existed. Oded Ezer toys with this mystery in his imaginary scenario. Watch out for the exhibition!

19. 4. 2024

The “KAFKA 100” project begins

The Jewish Museum in Prague is launching a year-long series of events in celebration of the life and work of Franz Kafka. Join us in celebrating this world-renowned writer. There will be a host of cultural and educational events.

19. 4. 2024