The City of K - Franz Kafka and Prague
Franz Kafka Museum, Cihelná 2b, Praha 1 - Malá Strana, 118 00
The exhibition The City of K. Franz Kafka and Prague was designed and opened in 1999 in Barcelona. From 2002 to 2003, it was on display at the Jewish Museum in New York. In 2005 it was installed in the unique space at the Herget Brickworks (Hergetová cihelna).
It offers a glimpse into the world of famous Prague-born Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924), one of the most important figures in 20th century world literature.
The exhibition presents first editions of most of Kafka’s works, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and drawings that have never been exhibited, as well as three-dimensional exhibits, five audio-visual programmes, and music created specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition itself consists of two parts. The first, Existential Space, catalogues the key events and influences of the environment in which Kafka lived in Prague. The second part, called Imaginary Topography, shows how the physical reality of Prague and Kafka’s life there were transformed into a metaphoric image. Photographs of people and places, manuscripts and books are interwoven in ingeniously conceived installations using the latest audio-visual technology. Words, images, light and music combine to create a symphonic whole.