NEWS | 22. 2. 2016
Olomouc Museum of Art stands on the threshold of his greatest scientific project entitled For the temple, town and country. Nearly 19 million will require interdisciplinary scientific processing of one of the most important personalities of the cultural, political and spiritual scenes Central Europe, second half of 17th century - Olomouc bishop Karel of Lichtenstein-Castelcorn (1624-1695). It will fund the project NAKI II, which is part of the European Operational Programme for Research and Development. Name of the project coincides with the final exhibition and professional publications.
The project For the temple, town and country, submitted by Olomouc Museum of Art will also work Palacky University in Olomouc and Masaryk University in Brno through four dozen experts in art history.
"The Bishop of Olomouc and Prince Karel of Lichtenstein-Castelkorn is undoubtedly one of the most important personalities of Baroque Europe. Its importance in all aspects, not only beyond the borders of the Olomouc diocese, but also in Central Europe. During his episcopate diocese economically stabilized, modernized and raised among the most important on the old continent," said the director of the Museum of Art Michal Soukup.
Bishop Karel of Lichtenstein-Castelkorn has become a symbol of economic and cultural recovery during recatholisation. Paramount importance played as a patron of the arts. He employed many artists, bought a collection of paintings of European importance and the high level of his court lifted most arts sectors. Significant enrolled into Moravian towns (Olomouc, Kroměříž, Holešov, Vyškov), where he built representative residence including unique gardens. Based on confrontation with major European cultural and spiritual centers (Vienna, London, Paris) mediated Central Europe emerging Baroque experience.
Despite the importance of Karel of Lichtenstein-Castelcorn is not his work synthetically processed. Lack of preparation of this very important issue is strongly reflected also in the wider Central European context, where were similarly challenging tasks previously been realized. Great emphasis will therefore be placed on research into contextual set of pan-European issues.
The output of the three-year grant project implementation will be 6 exhibitions and binding them with critical catalogs, will be submitted to the three methodologies. When applying the results of basic research will be an emphasis on developing educational activities for this purpose will be created a specialized software and at the end of the project will be innovation in educational activities presented in the form of workshops. Presentation of the results of research professionals will take place not only through exhibitions and partial studies, but also publishing articles and issuing catalogs.
In the Archbishops Palace has been contract signed for the project "For temple town and country." From left: Ondřej Jakubec (Head of Department of Art History, Masaryk University), Archbishop Jan Graubner, rector of Palacky University Jaroslav Miller, deputy director of the Museum of Art in Olomouc Ondřej Zatloukal.
Photo: Zdeněk Sodoma