Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Kathmandu and The Embassy of the Czech Republic had the honor to open the exhibition "Czech Castles" in Siddhartha Art Gallery on 9 April 2014, under the auspices of Nepalese Honorable Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Bhim Prasah Acharya.
The exhibition of Czech Castles, organized under auspices of Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Nepal Mr. Vishnu Kumar Agarwal, was inaugurated on April 9, 2014 in Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu by H.E. Mr. Bhim Prasad Acharya, Honorable Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal, H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Nepal Mr. Vishnu Kumar Agarwal and director of Siddhartha Art Gallery Mrs. Sangeeta Thapa.
More than 250 people participated at the ceremonial inauguration, including the members of Government of Nepal, business circles, art community and Czech citizens living in Nepal. Honorary Consulate prepared and offered traditional Czech food, such as fried meat, fried cheese, salads, cakes, canapés, little sandwiches, etc., accompanied by typical Czech cheeses, beer and Moravian wine.
The exhibition of Czech Castles, which was prepared by the National Museum of the Czech Republic, presented a selection of 37 of the most interesting castles and chateaux of Bohemia and Moravia, two of the historic areas that make up the Czech state. The criterion for the selection of the localities has been their historical significance as well as their architectural, artistic, and historical value.
The Czech Republic abounds in cultural treasures, among which castles and chateaux as historical residences of rulers and of religious institutions attract special attention. Castles, fortified residences of the Middle Ages, were built from the 12th - 16th century. In the modern era (16th - 19th century) they were replaced by comfortable and often sumptuously furnished chateaux. The Czech Republic ranks among the countries with the highest density of these remarkable buildings/km2. Most accessible sites are managed by the National Heritage Institute or by various museums, towns, municipalities, and private persons, including descendants of the historic Czech noble families.
The Siddhartha Art Gallery was established in 1987. Since its inception, the Gallery has been active in the promotion of contemporary Nepalese art and has introduced international perspectives to the contemporary art scene.
The exhibition was open to public for two months and was visited by more than 1250 visitors.