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Malostranska beseda is the new highlight of Prague´s Royal Way

A successful international project of mobile exhibitions ORBIS PICTUS PLAY by Jiri and Radana Walda introduces its latest exhibition named Vikyre (Dormer Windows) PLAY.

The interactive exhibition which you can touch, play with or even change and which has been created by Petr Nikl can be found on the Royal Way in the historic building of Malostranska beseda.

Six interactive expositions form the basis of the project which was first introduced in Paris in 2006. These are called Gateway to the world of creative human fantasy, Labyrinth of light, Leporelo Game, Golem, Sensorium and PLAY and are inspired by the work of the humanist thinker J. A. Comenius called Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart. The screenplay of the exhibitions stems from the experience acquired while organising interactive exhibitions The Nests of Games – Rudolfinum Gallery 200 and The Garden of Fantasy and Music – Czech exposition at EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

It is essential to touch

The seventh exhibition of the ORBIS PICTUS PLAY series is unique because the visitor is engaged in “the game” and brings the exhibits to life. The exhibits are usually tools which give rise to creative artwork once the visitor´s active fantasy has been involved. The project mirrors the strength of the creative desire for cognition but also proves that the phenomenon of play can function as a universal communication tool regardless of nationality, religion or age. This way the project builds on and develops the timeless philosophy of John Amos Comenius.

The main part of the Vikyre PLAY exhibition is situated in five attic rooms containing the individual attic windows. There is a stunning view of the St Nicholas Cathedral and Malostranske Square from these windows. Some of the tools forming the exhibition create a link between these individual rooms, some of them sit on the floor between them and others hang from the ceiling like bats.  

The exhibition is designed as an ever changing project offering something new even to people who have attended before.

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