The Slav Epic and Three Perspectives on Czech Puppet Theatre celebrate Czech-Japanese relationships

On May 24, the exhibition Three Perspectives on Czech Puppet Theatre was launched in the National Art Center Tokyo, where Mucha’s Slav Epic is exhibited now. The exhibition is part of the program The Year of Czech Culture in Japan, which is celebrated on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the revival of Czech-Japanese diplomatic relationships. The exhibition is a result of cooperation between the Arts and Theatre Institute and Czech Centers.

In 2017, it has been 60 years since the revival of the diplomatic relations between Japan and then Czechoslovakia. The ongoing exhibitions The Slav Epic and Three Perspectives on Czech Puppet Theatre, which are located in the prestigious National Art Center Tokyo, represent the highlight of events related to the Year of Czech Culture in Japan.

The exhibition Three Perspectives on Czech Puppet Theatre has been touring the world since 2014 as a result of cooperation between the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) and Czech Centers and provides a brief, yet representative point of view of rich tradition and varied present of Czech puppet theatre, which is a unique phenomenon of Czech culture and has enchanted audiences all around the world. The exhibition was presented at the Performing Arts Market in Seoul in October 2015 for the first time and was part of the program of Czech performing arts presentation.

The visitors will learn about various chapters of Czech puppet theatre in three sections dedicated to the historical development, the post-war change and puppet techniques. The three magic boxes include the period of the itinerant theatre and the era of popular family theatres, important puppet designers in the context of famous productions and ensembles, the presentation of the black-light theatre phenomenon and modern theatre architecture. There is also an interactive part with various kinds of puppets inspired by typical Czech fairy-tale characters. The exhibition was designed by curators Nina Malíková, the unflagging promoter of Czech puppet theatre, and Martina Černá.

“It is a great honor for the team of curators and all artists, who participated in the exhibition Three Perspectives on Czech Puppet Theatre, to present their work to dozen thousands Japanese viewers alongside Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic, and we would like to thank the Czech Center in Tokyo.

After one year of touring South Korea and the presentation in the Museum of Eastern Bohemia in Hradec Králové on the occasion of putting Czech puppetry on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Czech puppets set off on their way to another prestigious destination, where – as we hope – they will bring inspiration, amusement and information,” says Martina Černá, the head of the International Cooperation Department of the Arts and Theatre Institute.

The exhibition Three Perspectives on Czech Puppet Theatre was presented to Japanese audiences in the National Art Center on May 24. It will stay until June 5 and it will then travel to Czech Centre Tokyo (July 7 – August 31, 2017) and to Lida City Kawamoto Kihachiro Puppet Museum  (November 2 – December 10, 2017).



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Published date: May 31, 2017

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