2016 – Architecture for the crown

In 2016 our country celebrated important anniversary 700 years from the birth of eperor Charles the IV. (1316-1378). On this occasion we were making an exhibition not just for kids named Architecture for the crown – people and architecture in the times of Charles the IV. in Wallestein palace of the National Gallery in Prague. Exhibition happened with the auspices of the National gallery in Prague and Parliament of the Czech Republic. Organizators were Czech Architecture Week and association Playful Architect.

Vernissage of the exhibition were on 9th of the November 2016 and was solemnly launched by Mr. Jiří Fajt, CEO of the National Gallery in Prague. Among other spokesmen were cardinal Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague, Mr. Jan Wolf, councillor of the City fo Prague for the culture, conservation, exhibitions and tourism field, Mr. Aleš Pangrác, director of the Regional Partnership and B2B Relations Department of the Czech centres of the tourism – Czech Tourism and the final word was said by Petr Ivanov, director of the festival Czech Architecture Week and chairman of the association Playful architect.

Unforgettable was perfomance of the pupils frm the Elementary school and kindergarden of Ema Destinova from Prague 6 under the supervision of their teacher – Mrs. Radka Štichová, with the song Hoja hoj from the movie Noc na Karlštejně (Night at Karlštejn castle). Thank you very much.


In numbers:

States: 16
Schools: 40
Children visited: more than 1170
Turnout: 2906

Auspices of the project:
Mrs. Ivana Zemanová, wife of the president of the Czech republic

Auspices of the exhibition Architecture for the Crown:
Mr. Miloš Zeman, president of the Czech republic
Mr. Daniel Herman, minister of the culture of the Czech republic
Mrs. Miluše Horská, senator, Senat of the parliament of the Czech republic
Mr. Mons. Dominik Duka, OP, archbishop of Prague
Mr. Michal Hašek, chairman of the Region association of the Czech republic
Mrs. Adriana Krnáčová, primator of the city of Prague
Mr. Jan Wolf, councillor of the City fo Prague for the culture, conservation, exhibitions and tourism field
Mrs. Monika Palatková, director od the Czech centre of the tourism – CzechTourism

Ministry of culture of the Czech republic, Ministry of local development of the Czech republic, CzechTourism, Region of Czech republic Association, Czech Railway, ProCeram, Prague Boats, ČKAIT

Partners NG Prague:
Ministry of culture of the Czech republic, Commercial Bank, ČT, Pudil Family Foundation, AKKPK (advocate  Krofta Pelikan Kohoutek)

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Medial partners:
Prague City Tourism, Prague Event Calendar

Product partners:
Primalex, Trustav, Three Brothers Production, TOMZA, NĚMEC, SPYRON

Supporters of the project Playful architect:
JUDr. Nataša Brožová, PROSPERITA s.r.o., Ing. Milan Šimonovský, SIGMA GROUP, a. s


Theme of the art part:

Architectura of the 14th centrury though the eyes of the children, Competition to be assistent of the Petr Parléř – architect of the Charles the IV.
Format and techniques: Children can choose from – painting, drawing, collage, print and from suitable medium – tempera, aquarelle, ink, coal, pencil, charcoal; format is A3 (297 x 420 mm)

Work sheets:
1. Art work during gothic times
2. Illuminated manuscripts, scribal workshops
3. Coat fo arms, tournaments, heroldry and weapnos during gothic times
4. Construction and architecture during gothic times

Classes, which worked on the project, spend a day in Wallestein rif´ding school of the National gallery of Pargue, where they receive gifts from the organizators and partners. Thye participated in prepared program and workshops with famous architects (Ing. arch. Ondřej Šefců, M. Arch Vera Hampl, representatives of  ČKAIT a lectors from Small technical university)

Characteristic of the projects Playful architect:
4th edition of the international art-architecture project Playful Architect, aimed at pupils of third and fourth grades (8-10 years) of elementary school, under the auspices of Mrs. Ivana Zemanová with the support of regions, cities, institutions and organizations, who understand range and importance of this project.
The goal of the project is to teach ti children from elemantary schools architecture the playful way. Education in architecture though the art and painting by them self adds to their development and growth, also in esthetics and logic fields. Thanks to this project children are introduced with the profession and work of the architects, history of architecture – and related to that they develop their history and geograpgic studies. They start to perceive more of the culture and surroundings around them. They will understand importance of the quality architecture in realtion to history, they discover architectonic and cultural richness and realize how important it is to preserve it and take care of it.

Characteristic of the exhibition

Exhibition Architecture for the crown – People and architecture in the ties of Charles the IV. is concipated as a walk through the gothic city with the guide. The Guide is architect of the Charles the IV., Petr Parléř. Parléř has an audience with king and he needs to take care of a lot of things – visit a painter, glassblower, abbot and buy things from shop and from taylor, also visit baths, and finaly take plans of new cathedral from his building works. Children on this walk learn about architecture, buildings, art and life of the people in the times of reign of the Charles the IV., with his person and his reign. Charles the IV. as an emperor felt that he was predetermined to continue tradition of Charles the Great. The connection of the roman and czech crown was drawn from the clan motivation: after his mother Eliška (Elizabeth) he had premyslids roots and linkage to the celebrated czech history from which the most stand out the person of Saint Venceslaw. In the middle of the 14th century the czech lands were avoided by plague pandemy which killed more than 50% of the Europe population. This was the reason for the crisis of the west and south Europe and why the Czech was propserous and manage to catch up with the other countries in politics and culture sphere.
Besides Petr Parléř kinds were introduced with on of the best friends of Charles – Arnošt of Pardubice (1st archbishop of Prague), Master Havel of Strahov (Charles’s personal physician and astrologer).
Exhinition were made of scenery, models, artefacts and replicas of periodic objects, panles with information and pictures (image part was accented). Part of the exhibiot was continuous task for children – puzzle of stained glass (gothic window) and workshops – practical part, where children could try out some of the work by themself and make a thorough study.

Participating schools from Czech republic in project (14):
Elementary school North – Hradec Králové; Elementary school Na Balabence – Prague 9, Libeň; Elementary school Obránců mírů – Most; Elementary school and kindergarden of Ema Destinnová – Prague 6; Elementary school Hanspaulka – Prague 6; Elementary school and kindergarden Janovice – Frýdlant nad Ostravicí; Elementary school and Kindergarden Březová –  Opava region; Elementary school and Kindergarden Větřkovice – Opava region; Elementary school and kindergarden Skřipov, Opava region; Elementary school and kindergarden Husova – Brno; Elementary school Mozartova – Olomouc; Elementary school Donovalská – Prague 4 Chodov; Elementary school Nádražní – Ostrava; Elementary school and Kindergarden Jiráskovo náměstí – Hradec Králové

Participating schools from Czech republic in the exhibition (21):
Elementary school and kindergarden Vlkoš u Přerova; Elementary school Prague 7- Korunovační; Elementary school and kindergarden Petřiny-south, Prague 6; Elementary school sv. Voršily in Prague; Elementary school with extendended education in language Faculty school of PedF Uk Prague 2 – Kladská 1; Youth centre Prague 5; High school of hotel manegement and gastronomy Prague 9 – Klánovice; Elementary school and kindergarden Kněžmost, Mladá Boleslav region; Elementary school Sázavská – Prague 2; Elementary school and kindergarden Bílá – Prague 6; Elementary school Gate language with extendended education in math – Uhelný trh, Prague 1; Elementary school Prague 2 – Vratislavova; Elementary school Special and practical school Rooseveltova – Prague 6; Elementary school Prague 3 – Lupáčova; Happy school – ecclestical elementary and elemenatry art school Soukenická – Prague 1; Faculty elementary school of prof O. Clup, Prague 13; Elementary school and kindergarden of T. G. Masaryk separated workplace Bělohorská – Prague 6; Elementary school – Dr. Peška Chrudim; Elementary school Tusarova – Prague 7; Technical collage of storeware and sculpture Hořice; Elementary school Prague 10 – Nad Vodovodem; Elementary school Hornoměcholupská Prague 10 – Hostivař….

Participating countries (15):
Brasil, Bulgary, Croatia, Italy, Israel, Lithuania, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Austria, Romania, Slovinia, Serbie, USA

Participating foreign school (23):
Escola Canto dos Pássaros – Brasil; Gymnasium od Saint Sv. Cyril a Metoděj – Bulgary; Elementary school Horvati – Croatia; Máriaremete-Hidegkúti Ökumenikus – Hungary; State Primaria di Piteccio – Italy; Šiaulia „Sandoros“ Progymnasium – Lithuania; American School – Peru; Základní škola č. 44 im. Jana III Sobieskiego – Poland; Private Volksschule Sacré Coeur – Austria; El Sharq – Nazareth, Israel; Habiluim – Ramat Ga, Israel; Moriya – Barkai -Haifa, Israel; Afek school -Kibutz Afek, Izrael Tali – Jerusalem, Israel; Reime – Ashdod , Israel; Yigal alon – Sderot, Israel; Teoretické gymnasium „Nicolae Balcescu“ – Romania; Oš Poljane – Slovinia; Škola „VUK Karadžić“ – Serbia; Poly Ppep Country Day Middle School – USA; Intermediate School PSIS 187 – USA; PS 39 – The Landmark School – USA; Colegio Hebreo Sefaradi – Mexico

Brazil, Bulgary, Croatia, Italy, state of Israel, Lithuania republic, Hungary, United states of Mexico, Republic of Peru, Republic of Poland, Republic of Austria, Romania, Slovinia, Serbia, United states of America