The City of Prague Museum

Pictures from the Books’ Life

Pictures from the Books’ Life

Ctěnice Chateau

17. 11. 2019 – 13. 4. 2020

The exhibition uncovers the mysteries and the art of bookbinding that for many centuries has been contributing to preservation and accessibility of knowledge. The invention of letterpress printing played a decisive role. This exhibition puts emphasis on the printing development in the Czech lands from the beginnings to the 19th century and focuses on the selected printmakers and printing houses in Prague.

Part of the exhibition is dedicated to bindings, book cover decoration techniques, and also bookbinders and decorators, including the tools and materials they used. A smaller part is dedicated to beautifully decorated prayer books and books that were related to many other crafts – the log books of journeymen – without which journeyman would not make do. Authentic objects of the book and non-book nature from the collections of the City of Prague Museum and the National Technical Museum are presented in five exhibition halls. The interactive scribal arts and bookbinding workshop which is part of the exhibition provides an opportunity to try the professions of scribes, printmakers, and bookbinders, or try to identify the materials which were used for writing in the past.

The exhibition includes a rich public programme – art workshops and guided tours as well as educational programmes for schools.


Public Interactive Workshop Dates:

23 and 30 November; 7, 14 and 21 December 2019; 11 and 25 January; 8, 16, and 22 February; 7 and 21 March; 4 April 2020

  • 7 December 2019 Special Printing Workshop with SUPŠ and VOŠ Jablonec nad Nisou
  • 14 December 2019 Engraving Advent Workshop
  • 25 January 2020 The Art of Calligraphy – a handwriting technique
  • 8 February 2020 Production of Paper (marble, starch)
  • 21 March 2020 ‘Let’s Make a Book’



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