The City as a Ghost / The Prague Inspirations of Jaroslav Foglar Museum of the City of Prague: The House at the Golden Ring
The writer Jaroslav Foglar (1907 – 1999) does not need to be introduced to Czech readers. The “Foglar Phenomenon” has accompanied several generations of readers and foglars, and their heroes have become a cult for many readers. The Museum of the City of Prague commemorated the author and his work with two exhibitions in 1997 and 2007 on the occasion of the author’s birth anniversary, including Foglar’s work and his work with young people.
The current exhibition project emphasizes the motifs of intertwining the world of teenage boys with the fascinating world of the CITY, in the streets of which boys’ stories and stories take place. Jaroslav Foglar lived and worked in Prague with short episodes in his early childhood, eagerly absorbing the atmosphere of the places where he lived and where he worked or met with members of the section, and then transforming into the mysterious cities of his novels. The exhibition will make it possible to organize the urban inspiration and motifs of Foglar’s work in connection with the context of the then environment of Prague.
Foglar elevated the seemingly mundane urban scenery into a mystical and mysterious labyrinth, connecting many time strata, living their own lives, fascinating and enticing to penetrate and explore. Such an image of the City opens up to the reader in many author’s novels, but most notably in the most famous shadowy trilogy, which has motivated a whole generation of readers to search for the original motifs and locations of the books. Foglar lovers of all ages are the basic target group of the upcoming exhibition, the experience of Foglar’s mystical city is mediated by the project even to the youngest
The scenographic and illusory historical part of the exhibition will be installed in the cellars of the House at the Golden Ring, and a gallery of paintings with Prague motifs will be created in the above-ground part, reminiscent of the unique atmosphere of Prague in the first half of the 20th century. The works of some leading and almost forgotten painters (eg J. Minařík, TH Rašín, K. Holan) recall places that could have inspired Jaroslav Foglar in writing his novels and stories about Stínadly, specific places, even those with a mysterious history or entwined with various legends. . The image gallery will commemorate the city of childhood and youth Jaroslav Foglar, Prague as the inspiration of an unforgettable writer of popular stories for children and youth.
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