In case you are fan of Jules Verne’s works, you should not miss this exhibiton. Around the World in 80 Days revisits the work of French author Jules Verne (1828-1905). The title of this exhibiton hold the name of one of this most famous novel Around the World in 80 Days, which was published in 1873 and is not a science fiction novel. Its central motif is a foolish wager made by an English gentleman in passing during a debate over a newspaper in a London club. Technology does play a role in the subsequent journey around the world, which must be completed in a specific time frame, but it is technology of its time.
The visitor to the exhibition will have the opportunity to follow the fictional characters of Verne’s novel on their journey around the world, learning about the real places where the novel is set in a historical context through collection objects, photographic and graphic reproductions, infographics, and texts. The first section introduces late-nineteenth-century society in terms of the geopolitical situation and technological developments that allowed for the rapid development of international transportation. Following that are individual stops on the round-the-world journey: Egypt, India, Singapore, China, Japan, and the United States. Each region is represented by typical traditional objects in contrast to the changes brought about by modern times and the phenomena that have influenced the world from the 19th century to the present: the development of railways and shipping, the importance of the Suez Canal, colonialism, and the changing relationship with indigenous ethnic groups.
One of the sections of the exhibition is dedicated to the personality and work of writer Jules Verne. Some artistic inspirations for Jules Verne’s work are also shown, such as Jaroslav Róna’s art sculptures and Ladislav Badalce’s paper models. An escape game based on Jules Verne’s novel is also included in the exhibition.
Venue: Náprstkovo muzeum asijských, afrických a amerických kultur, Betlémské náměstí 1, 110 00 Praha 1
Date: 22.4. – 31. 12. 2022 (on Mondays closed)
Admission: 120 CZK, discounted price 80 CZK (children up to 15 years free of charge)
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Betlémské náměstí, Staré Město, ČeskoPrice
80 CZK - 120 CZK EUR