The City of Prague Museum

Poor Prague People – Places – Institutions (1781–1948)

Poor Prague People – Places – Institutions (1781–1948)

Main Building

17. 4. 2019 – 25. 8. 2019

The Prague that you do not know. Poor Prague. Do you know where to find Fišpanka, Bílý hrad (White Castle), or Arizona? What services were provided by the Kandelábr Hotel and who was the father of the poor? A city is formed not only by the residences of sovereigns, palaces of the nobles, sumptuous burgher houses, and grandiose religious architecture. The poor equally contribute to cities and their atmosphere. Poverty has always been part of cities. Poverty also has important ethical and aesthetical dimensions.

The Poor Prague exhibition gives several perspectives on poverty in the city during the 19th century and mainly the first half of the 20th century. Historic picture materials, especially photographs and prints, demonstrate the survival strategies of the destitute, depict the vanished places linked with poverty, and introduce institutions for care of the poor and social care as they were formed since Joseph II’s era.

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