Temporary exhibitions and other events

> Andrej Pešta: Mire Sveti / Světy Andreje Pešty

23. 3. – 30. 9. 2018

The exhibition Mire sveti presents a curated selection of photos from Andrej Pešta’s legacy. Andrej Pešta (1921-2009) was a prominent, yet, at present nearly forgotten figure. His selected photos bring an authentic view of the life of the Roma in Czechoslovakia mainly between the 1960s – 1980s. Visitors have the opportunity to be confronted with a testimony regarding the Roma that is different from what they are used to seeing in Czech and Slovak documentary photography; they are presented a chance view from the inside. In his photos, Pešta captured the reality which surrounded him in the places where he lived, worked and was active (East Slovakia, South Moravia). To us Pešta was, until the 1990s, the only famous Roma photographer in the area of former Czechoslovakia.

 An extensive archive of Pešta’s photos is deposited in the Photo Documentation Collection of the Museum of Romani Culture; it consists of the negatives of nearly 1500 images. The Museum of Romani Culture gained the images in 2003 as a gift from the author. Due to the financial support of Bader Philanthropies, Inc., the archive was fully processed in 2016-2017. Tomáš Pospěch, an external curator, was invited to cooperate on the exhibition project and the exhibition’s accompanying publication Andrej Pešta O Fotki.

 Images in the exhibition are accompanied by other items from the Museum of Romani Culture Collection. These items document the wide scope of Pešta’s activities, such as his work for the editorial office of the Union Of Gypsies-Roma journal Románo ľil, and his literary and art work. As part of the exhibition’s preparatory work, research was done in the archives, based on which it was possible to complete some of the missing pieces in Pešta’s biography. Contact was established with his family, as well as with his living contemporaries. The curatorial team also visited the places where Pešta lived and worked. And now, you as well have the opportunity to explore the Worlds of Andrej Pešta.

Accompanying program:

  1. 19. 5. 6 pm Commented tour and workshop for children / Brno museum night
  2. 9. 6. 3 pm Commented tour and workshop for children / Ghettofest
The exhibition is held under the auspices of Ilja Šmíd (Minister of Culture), 
Petr Vokřál (Mayor of Brno) and Martin Maleček (Mayor of Brno-sever).

> Act of Piety

13. 5. 2018

Remembrance of victims of the protectorate "Gypsy camp" in Lety u Písku.


12.00 czech anthem
12.15 laying flower gifts to the monument
13.10 the spiritual word

13.25 awarding of prizes from the Roma Holocaust Compensation Committee (VPORH)
13.45 Sinti Carlos Vlasák

Event organizes VPORH. Museum of Romani Culture organizes a bus from Brno city to Lety u Písku Memorial. Book you seat at: sekretariat@rommuz.cz

  1. > Brno museum night

19. 5. 2018

At muzeu:

6 – 8.30 pm Workshop for children
6 – 8.30 pm Guided tour Andrej PeštaMire sveti / Světy Andreje Pešty with curator Adam Holubovský
8.30 – 9.30 pm Guided tour Andrej PeštaMire sveti / Světy Andreje Pešty with curator Adam Holubovský

Outside of the museum:

6 – 9.30 pm Wooden carousel /for children from 3 years of age, 5 CZK per ride
7 – 9.30 Erika Fečová & Live Band – R&B, jazz and funk
9.30 – 11.30 pm Jazz jam

 + our custods will be in traditional roma clothes, open fire at our courtyard, traditional roma food

  1. > 7. 6. Romové a 1968
A composite evening themeing the social engagement of Roma in Czechoslovakia 
after the II. WW, that led to the establishment of a nationwide organization in 1968. 
During the moderated evening, unique film materials will be screened and a 
new historical publication on this subject will be presented.

> Ghettofest

9. 6. 2018

Guided tours and workshops for children and for public. More info: www.ghettofest.cz

> Free entry

  1. 19. 5. International day of museum and galleries