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Czech Republic's Ethnographic Museum opens an art exhibition of selected works from the Museum of Romani Culture

5.6.2022 9:20
The art collections of the Brno-based Museum of Romani Culture are being presented by the exhibition
The art collections of the Brno-based Museum of Romani Culture are being presented by the exhibition "The Road is Open", which has been on view since 3 June 2022 at the Ethnographic Museum of the National Museum in the Kinský Garden, a venue known as the Musaion in Prague.

The art collection of the Brno-based Museum of Romani Culture is being presented through an exhibition called "The Road is Open", which has been on display as of Friday at the Ethnographic Museum of the National Museum in the Kinský Garden, a venue called the Musaion, commemorating both the Brno-based Museum of Romani Culture and the upcoming opening of its Centre for the Roma and Sinti in Prague (CRSP). The CRSP will be housed in the Dejvice neighborhood of Prague and should open to the public next autumn. 

At the Ethnographic Museum, the current exhibition combines the format of a picture gallery for those artists whom the curators have called the Great Masters with the concept of a depository at the museum being opened to view. The artists chosen by the curators have distinctive styles and life stories, and the Great Masters include Ján Berky, Rudolf Dzurko, Daniel Kováč, Júlia Lakatoš and Markéta Šestáková. 

The depository section presents the activities, collection and mission of the Museum of Romani Culture. "This is a unique opportunity for viewers to inspect a sample of the comprehensive art collections of the Museum of Romani Culture, to get acquainted with the remarkable stories of these mostly-untrained artists who are Romani, and to introduce their works in the context of the present," said director Jana Horváthová. 

On Friday, 3 June at 17:00 a guided tour of the exhibition for the public was held by the curators. The guided tour was part of the program of the KHAMORO World Roma Festival.

The art exhibition will be on display at the Ethnographic Museum until 31 May 2024. Last year the Museum of Romani Culture celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The institution started from scratch as a nonprofit initiative and currently holds collected items numbering in the thousands; it is in charge of its Brno exhibitions and of the Holocaust memorials that have been built at Hodonín u Kunštátu and Lety u Písku, as well as running the Centre for the Roma and Sinti in Prague. The cost of constructing the CRSP was previously quantified at approximately CZK 45 million [EUR 1.8 million] and should be covered by Norway Grants. 

The CRSP will focus on the Holocaust of the Roma and Sinti and on their culture, both material and spiritual, past and present. It also aims to open debate on coexistence between non-Roma and Romani people and to help improve the position of Roma in society.
 

ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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Khamoro, Muzeum romské kultury, Prague, Výstava



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