Exhibitions 2004

The year 2004 was a milestone in Smetana's Creative Litomyšl history. The cycle of exhibitions can be deservedly marked as the year zero. In the rooms of the former castle brewery newly built to Josef Pleskot's design the work of Ladislav Novák was displayed, the giant Chair by Magdaléna Jetelová was installed in the Monastery Gardens. The exhibitions of fine art were opened by Minister of Culture Pavel Dostál and Mrs Meda Mládková. During their short life (only during the opera festival) these exhibitions were viewed by many visitors and their success inspired the organiser to institutionalising the event, giving it a name and a solid structure.

Till 2003

Even the first year of the Smetana's Litomyšl Opera Festival in 1949 was complemented with a concurrent exhibition of fine arts. On Saturday 4 June 1949 in the afternoon the exhibition "Masters of the Czech 19th Century Art" was opened. We can say therefore that Smetana's Creative Litomyšl has a history as long as the music festival. Even though the visual art exhibitions were held almost every year, only from the beginning of the 21st century the project was being prepared systematically. In 2000 the sculptures by Arnold Bartůněk were displayed in the Castle Brewery and photographs by Jan Šibík were displayed in Toulovcovo náměstí; in 2001 Jadran Šetlík decorated the rooms for invited guests; in 2002 Jiří Moták exhibited his spiritual art in the same rooms. An exhibition of Bohdan Kopecký took place in 2003; a new series of paintings created by this author in Hawaii in 2003 was exhibited in 2004.