Piarists in Moravia and Silesia

29 Jun 2022 - 02 Oct 2022
Kroměříž Archdiocesan Museum
State of the Piarist dormitory in Stará Voda after 1945. National Monuments Institute.
State of the Piarist dormitory in Stará Voda after 1945. National Monuments Institute.

The Order of Poor Religious Clerics of the Mother of God of Devotional Schools was established in Rome in 1621–1622 thanks to the Spanish priest Josef Kalasanský. The main mission of the Piarist, as the members of the order are called, was to provide free education to young people. The first dormitory outside Italy was established in Mikulov in South Moravia as early as 1631, and during the 17th and 18th centuries another 10 permanent dormitories and residences were established in Moravia and Silesia. Each of these foundations will be presented in the form of an image panel documenting the current state. The Piarists settled mainly in smaller non-royal towns, as the larger localities were previously occupied by the Jesuits. The presence of clerics meant that the inhabitants of the places had the opportunity to obtain primary and secondary education, as there was a school with free tuition at each dormitory. Over the decades, a number of important personalities have passed through Piarist institutes – including Archbishop Theodor Kohn of Olomouc, Czechoslovak President Tomáš Masaryk and scientist Jan Evangelista Purkyně.

Therefore, the exhibition will naturally present artifacts associated with the operation of schools, such as textbooks or scientific instruments, it will also be possible to see portraits of the founders of individual dormitories – Bishops of Olomouc František of Dietrichstein, Jakub Arnošt of Lichtenstein-Castelcorn or burgher Josef Georg Zech. The appearance of individual places will be shown by selected plans and photographs, and the equipment will be documented by drawings of altars, seals, reliquaries, builders or liturgical objects and clothing. Of the large number of exhibits on display, we can mention at least the Renaissance panel painting of the Virgin Mary and the clock tower machine borrowed from Moravská Třebová. Loans were promised by the National Institute of Folk Culture in Strážnice, Moravská Třebová Museum, Museum of Local Lore in Olomouc, Museum in Bruntál, Museum of Local Lore in Jesenice, Museum of Kyjov, Museum of Novojičín Region, Regional Museum in Mikulov, Roman Catholic Parishes in Bruntál, Kyjov Guardhouse.

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EXHIBITION: Piarists in Moravia and Silesia
OPENING: 29 06 2022 at 4.30 pm
DURATION: until 02 10 2022
PLACE: Archbishops Castle Kroměříž, Gallery
AUTHOR, CURATOR: Miroslav Myšák
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Petr Šmalec, Vladimír Vaca
INSTALLATION: Jiří Miláček, Daniel Opletal, Vlastimil Sedláček, Filip Šindelář
TRANSLATION: Daniel Reznicek, Ashley Davies