Jaroslav Foglar’s Prague no longer exists, but it was “discovered” in the cellar of the House at the Golden Ring – ČT24 – Czech Television
“You have the opportunity to penetrate the mysterious labyrinth of Foglar’s work, which unfolds from real streets. We are based on realities and we continue to detectively trace the impulses, motives, inspirations that Foglara shaped and which he transformed into his amazing novels and paintings of city labyrinths, ”invites Petr Kotek to the exhibition. The director, who made an adaptation of The Mystery of the Puzzle in the 1990s, participated in the preparation of the exhibition.
Where Foglar went
The similarity of the world of the administrative Fast Arrows, the mysterious Vont and the damaging Brotherhood of the Cat’s Claws can be found at the specific addresses where Foglar lived. He was born in Benátská 3 in the New Town of Prague. Shortly afterwards, the family moved to Předlice and subsequently to Poděbrady, where the father of the then little Jaroslav was being treated for heart problems. After returning to Prague, Mrs. Foglarová operated a stationery store on Korunní třída in Vinohrady.
For the last twenty years of his life, the writer lived in Křišťanova Street in Žižkov. The apartment where he died in 1999 was sealed for twenty years due to inheritance disputes, and now serves as a residence for writers. The furniture and personal items that remained in Foglar’s household as their owner left them are partly visible on the current construction.
A boy from the Nusle and Vinohrady apartment buildings took a trip with the children from the neighborhood to the water, and to the mysterious parts of the Old Town, which belonged to the local parties, some are not far from a fight. He also discovered the city as an adult Hawk with boys from his unit. He transformed all this into a fictional city in his imagination. The artist Pavel Čech will get a detailed map of fictional Shadows a few years ago. He tried to reconstruct their topography according to the descriptions and mentions in Foglar’s stories.
Foglar’s Prague disappeared with remediation
However, the specific original places that inspired Foglar to Stínadlů are difficult to determine. The Old Town is simply taken as their model, confirms the exhibition commissioner Pavla Státníková. There is even a street Ve Stínadlech near Haštalské náměstí, but it was not named until 2007.
“It is necessary to realize that Jaroslav Foglar was a child of the Prague redevelopment, which means that in his early childhood, before the First World War and partly between the wars, large complexes of houses in the Old Town were demolished, and he had the opportunity to see the fascinating entrails of those. buildings, ”recalls Petr Kotek. “It must have fascinated him. He also saw a funeral tram passing through Prague, saw the ringing of bells requisitioned during both wars, “describes the scenes that were reflected in Foglar’s literary adventure.
At the same time, Kotek holds that “foglarovky” often took place at a time when they functioned as an escape from the not always joyful reality. “His novels were published in the early days of the protectorate, helping the boys of the time to create a safe, albeit somewhat dark and morbid, world that would be told during this period. Just like normalization in our childhood, “convinces the 55-year-old filmmaker.
From Šmejkal’s fence to Vontů
The authors of the exhibition exhibit Foglar’s world in the cellars of the House at the Golden Ring. Visitors will pass Šmejkal’s enclosure over Rozdělovací třída to Stínadel. Set of mountains with the Brotherhood of the Cat’s Paw and go to Jan Tleskač to the church of St. Jakuba, from where they go through the underground corridors with the Fast Arrows. “This is a space that leads to more mysterious ideas of Jaroslav Foglar. He was affected by the phenomenon of death when he was four years old, his father died, and this had a profound impact on him, “added Pavla Státníková to this part.
A separate part is dedicated to the mysterious Vont, which combines with Fast Arrows an interest in the puzzle of a hedgehog in a cage. “The Vont company still exists today. Vontová even claims to deeper roots than to Jaroslav Foglar, namely the tradition of boys’ parties in Josefov in the Jewish town, “accessible Státníková.
Among other things, the artist Richard Fischer, who, together with Džian Baban, is the author of the Rváčov comics, took part in the artistic conception of the exhibition. In it, they were based on children’s stories that call themselves real Vonta. They moved in the streets of Old Prague in the eighties and nineties of the last century. That is, during Foglar’s lifetime.
The search continues
The cellar expedition behind Foglar is complemented in the above-ground part of the gallery of paintings, which bring the atmosphere of Prague closer to the writer’s childhood and youth and capture other places that may have inspired the author in later years.
According to Petra Kotky, the City as a ghost exhibition will be appreciated more by people who know “foglarovky”. But he believes that they also provide inspiration to contemporary young readers:
“It’s generations and generations, it’s been decades of searchers who have discovered the magic of old, desolate romantic neighborhoods and set out to explore it. Today it is a bit of a problem, today we have locked houses everywhere, security systems, security services, yet there are still groups of searchers who crawl through the city and try to reveal its secrets, its magic, to build on things long forgotten. And maybe that’s a motive that can attract today’s boys and girls. “
Those interested can walk through the city as a ghost until September next year. Since this autumn, the exhibition has been accompanied once a month by lectures on the work of Jaroslav Foglar.