Czech Mate

An exhibition brings together the splendour of medieval castle architecture from the Czech Republic.

Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: November 11, 2013 12:30:40 am

Watching Ranbir Kapoor singing amid picturesque surroundings of Prague in the Bollywood film,c,might have kindled the idea of visiting the Czech Republic in most of us. But besides its scenic beauty,the country is also home to a number of mystic castles and chateaus. An exhibition titled “Czech Castles” being held at the Quarter Guard Gallery in Red Fort showcases castles,bastions and chateaus that display the grandeur and magnificence of Czech castle architecture.

Organised by the National Museum of the Czech Republic in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI),the exhibition displays 37 of the most renowned and interesting castles and chateaus of Bohemia and Moravia through photographs,engravings,films and paintings. These castles and chateaus once served as historical residences for the social elite,rulers and aristocracy.

Among the various works on display is a photograph of the Bouzov castle in Moravia,which is popular as a backdrop for filming fairy tales and has been one the most sought after locations for films such as the German drama film Before The Fall,which deals with the Nazi regime,and television projects like the children’s television series Arabela. Dating back to the early 14th century,the castle can be seen nestled between green fields and forest.

Another work on display is a 3D film on Karlstejn Castle in Bohemia,made this year,using aerial camera work. The 3D look simulates the feel of a video game,as the castle almost comes alive on screen,with the turrets and a succession of arches shown at a rapid pace,giving an impression of flying over the castle. All this gives the onlooker a feeling of being present at the site. Pravin Srivastava,ASI Director General,says,“The exhibition gives an outstanding aspect of the Czech culture through these Czech castles.”

The exhibition is on display at the Quarter Guard Gallery,Red Fort,till January 12

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