The Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch along with Jan Kohout, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Jiri Balvin, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, on 7 November 2013 jointly inaugurated an exhibition titled Czech Castles.
It is for the first time that this exhibition has been organised in India in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India by the National Museum of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic, New Delhi.
It is important to note that a cultural agreement was signed between India and Czech Republic in the year 1959. At the occasion of inauguration of the exhibition, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the ASI and the National Museum of the Czech Republic at the Red Fort for promotion of cultural exchange and bilateral cooperation. The MoU will form the basis for more active cooperation between the two institutes.
About the Czech Castles Exhibition
• The Czech Castle architecture is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Czech Republic.
• The Exhibition presents a selection of 37 most interesting castles and chateaux of Bohemia and Moravia, two of the historic areas that make up the Czech state.
• The criterion for the selection of the localities has been their historical significance as well as their architectural, artistic, and historical value.
• The exhibition is accompanied by rich cultural program consisting of film shows, art exhibitions, music presentations and other events that will together celebrate the Czech-India Cultural Year 2014.
• The Exhibition will stay at the Red Fort, Delhi till January 2014 and then tour various other cities of India.
• After Delhi, the exhibition will be presented in Leh (Leh Palace, June-July 2014), Kolkata (Currency Building September – October 2014), Mumbai (Nehru Science Centre, November 2014) and Goa –Panaji (Kala Academy, December 2014 – January 2015).