expozice v prvním patře, o devět let později ji nahradila
stálá výstava přibližující návštěvníkům historicko-etnografický vývoj Těšínska v průběhu staletí. Expozice byla
uzavřena kvůli plánované rekonstrukci celého objektu
v srpnu 1998. Z důvodu nevyjasněných majetkoprávních
vztahů byl však tento záměr přerušen a k obnově historické výstavní budovy již nedošlo. Za poslední 2 roky,
kterým předcházelo zpracování studií, projektů, ale
i soudních jednání, se podařilo historickou budovu muzea zrekonstruovat a připravit pro veřejnost moderní
a interaktivní expozici, která představí i mnohé dosud
nevystavené sbírkové předměty.
Děkuji Vám za rozhovor.
Historical Building of Museum
of Cieszyn Silesia Opens Its Gates
Lukáš Curylo, CEO and statutory representative of the philanthropic organisation Charita ČR,
currently works as Deputy Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region for Culture and Heritage
Sights. He is interested in culture as a professional as well as a musician in a band. Culture has
recently fallen into dire straits not only in our region, therefore we find the opening of the Museum
of Cieszyn Silesia (Muzea Těšínského Slezska) a most significant event which will help revive the
cultural calendar of programmes.
Mr Curylo, the historical building of the museum
has come to life again after some 20 years. Introduce
our readers to the renewals of the building, and tell
us what they bring to the visitors of the museum.
The vast renovation project has been finished, the
interiors are fully furnished, and new expositions with
a range of multimedia features have been installed.
Some construction work has also been done in the
courtyard, where a new mini amphitheatre and stone
collection with more exhibits are located. The public is
invited to see the interiors as well as enjoy the museum
grounds. This will undoubtedly make the offer of events
and services more attractive.
I am very happy that with this huge project we have
succeeded in renewing most historical elements
n the building and preserved its atmosphere while
keeping the current requirements of such an institution
in operation. The entire facility is barrier-free. This
is probably one of the most important investments
of the Moravian-Silesian Region. The total cost of the
project is nearly 112 million Czech crowns.
I can say that no room will remain idle: even the
attic is designed for various programmes to take
place in there. It contains a lecture hall and a studio
for educational museum programmes, and much
What does the exposition focus on? How will it
contribute to the cultural potential of Cieszyn
The new exposition introduces the history of Cieszyn
Silesia from prehistory to recent years, and will present
a deep dive into the life of the local population
throughout the past. It will present visitors with a varied
history of the region, its landscapes and environment,
material culture and habits connected to this particular
region. Visitors will be taken on a historical tour from the
origins of coal mining to the rule of the counts of House
Piast through the World Wars. The museum library,
situated on the ground floor, is also brand new.
The opening ceremony took place on June 19, 2020,
during the Festival of Three Brothers. This year we also
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czech
Cieszyn (Český Těšín), therefore visitors may expect our
main exposition to be supported by our first short-term
exhibition dedicated to this significant event.
Not only the museum exposition but the building itself is
historical: will you introduce that, too?
The historical building of the Museum of Cieszyn Silesia
is situated on Main Street in Český Těšín, and it contains
four floors of exhibition grounds, a research centre,
a studio for educational museum programmes, a lecture
hall, and much more. We even found good use for the
courtyard which will serve children and all the public, not
just for educational purposes.
The large building was designed by Alois Jedek,
an architect from Těšín, and built in 1885–1886 as a privately
owned townhouse. It is the most stylish building in the city
centre with an ornate façade, balconies lined by a stone
balustrade, arched passages with plaster decorations, and
countless other elements from the neoclassical style.
In 1951, the Museum of Cieszyn Silesia acquired part
of the ground floor facilities and used them as a depository
and for exhibits of the history of the region. In 1967, a new
exposition was opened on the first floor, being replaced
nine years later with a permanent exposition of the
historical-ethnographic evolution of the Těšín region over
the centuries. The exposition was closed due to renovations
throughout the whole premises, planned from August
1998. However, the renovation didn’t happen then, and
due to unclear property relations, the project was halted
and the historical exhibition building was not refurbished.
In the past two years, preceded by design studies and
projects, and also court hearings, the historical building
has finally been renovated to house a modern, interactive
exposition to introduce exhibits which have never been
Thank you for the interview.
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