VOJTA NÁPRSTEK - LOCAL POLITICIAN
exhibition in Náprstek MuseumLocation:
Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Betlémské nám. 1, Praha 1
Marking the 180th anniversary of the birth of Vojta Náprstek, a famous Prague patron, philanthropist, patriot, the founder of a museum and politician, this display introduces visitors to his diverse activities as a member of the board of the aldermen of the town of Prague (1873-1894) and the town council (1881-1892). Náprstek was an ardent proponent of progressive ideas, including the conditions of living in Prague, support for education and health care and the introduction of the latest innovations and technologies into life (public gas lighting, cooking on gas ovens, the introduction of the telephone, etc). The range of his interests is exemplified in a wealth of period photographs, illustrations and commentaries from daily newspapers.