A series of events dedicated to the artistic output and life of Nobel Prize-winning Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz is to take place in Prague as part of the celebrations of Sienkiewicz's Year, said the Polish Cultural Institute in Prague.
The exhibition of comic books inspired by the Polish writer is to start on 1st December in the Oko Gallery in Prague. According to the director of the Polish Cultural Institute in Prague, Maciej Ruczaj, the comics are an attempt at bringing Henryk Sienkiewicz's output into modern times. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see works by young Czech graphic designers who participated in a competition entitled Henryk in Comics, as well as old Czech comic books referring to Sienkiewicz's works.
The opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a screening of Aleksander Ford's film adaptation of the novel The Teutonic Knights.
On 15th November – the day of the 170th anniversary of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s death – the exhibition will open for visitors in the Czech Academy of Sciences. Prepared by the Polish Cultural Institute in Prague in cooperation with the National Museum in Kielce, the exhibition is dedicated to the Czech threads in the life of the author of Quo Vadis and is entitled Sienkiewicz 1846-1916-2016: The First Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate from Poland and His Czech Readers.
The exhibition presents places visited by the writer during his stay in the Czech Republic as well as his Czech translators, illustrators, and friends, in addition to the writer's mortal remains' last journey through the Czech Republic in 1924. Maciej Ruczaj underlined that:
The coffin was presented in the National Museum’s pantheon for one day. The Minister of Culture and the Head of Parliament themselves participated in welcoming it.
Locating the exhibition in the Czech Academy of Sciences is a reference to the respect given to our writer even before his death – he was one of the few foreigners who were made an honorary member of this institution.
The decision to commemorate Henryk Sienkiewicz in 2016 was made by the Polish Senate in December 2015, as a result of it being the 170th anniversary of the writer's birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death.
Sienkiewicz was born on 15th May 1846 in Wola Okrzejska and died on 15th November 1916 in Vevey in Switzerland. He was one of the most popular Polish writers, the author of the Trilogy, as well as the novels The Teutonic Knights, Quo Vadis, Children of the Soil and In Desert and Wilderness. In 1905 Sienkiewicz was the first Pole in history to be awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature for his ‘outstanding achievements in the epic area’ and – as one of the Nobel Prize committee members underlined – ‘a rare genius who became an embodiment of his nation’s spirit’.
Source: PAP, compiled by md, translated by br, Dec 2016