Herget Brickworks house permanent exhibition examining relationship between Kafka and the Old Town
"The City of K.: Franz Kafka in Prague" is a new permanent exhibition at Prague's Herget Brickworks that opened to the public this week. Unlike other exhibitions held on the famous Prague Jewish writer, this one traces the steps of his life in the city, and combines more traditional exhibits - documents and photographs, with the audio-visual effects of video imagery, light and music.
"The exhibition is in two parts. The first part focuses on the relation between Franz Kafka and the city of Prague. Here, you learn about how life in Prague has moulded Kafka - his family, the places he used to visit, his daily route to school, the Jewish circus, in other words everything that influenced him inside what has been called his 'circle' - the area in the Old Town that he was active in. There is also a special section devoted to the women in his life.
Literary historian Josef Cermak is one of the Czech Republic's most respected Kafka scholars. He is co-founder of the Franz Kafka Society and has translated several of his works into Czech (Kafka wrote in German). He has just released his own book called "Franz Kafka: Myths and Mystifications":
"With their inventive myths and mystifications they succeeded in tricking many a Kafka scholar, who embraced "kafkology" whole-heartedly, hungry for every new piece of information, including the legend about the "red" Kafka, a member of the anarchist meetings and a friend of the Prague circle of Bohemians around Hasek. Of all the exhibitions I have seen, this one does the real Kafka most justice and is the most extensive."