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Regular exhibitions

Štěpán Zavřel: Journey to the Stars

Štěpán Zavřel
Journey to the Stars

26. 11. 2022 – 30. 4. 2023
Exhibition of illustrations with a program for children

Take a journey through magical landscapes to find the star of Bethlehem and be drawn into stories full of miracles dating back more than a thousand years. Be enchanted by the magic of the Garden of Eden, build the mythical Tower of Babel, and peer into a picturesque world where kings wander the desert and shepherds watch the night sky and await the birth of the baby Jesus.

The playful exhibition entitled Journey to the Stars will present, for the first time in the Czech Republic, the work of the world-famous and internationally acclaimed illustrator Štěpán Zavrel, who became a star of European children's books after his adventurous journey to freedom. His legacy is preserved in two museums in Italy and there are streets, squares, and an international summer illustrator school named after him, Le immagini della fantasia - Fondazione Štěpán Zavřel in the northern Italian town of Sarmede which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Exceptional illustrations will complement the 3+ Gallery's long-term exhibition project, Collection of Illustrations for Children.

Štěpán Zavřel

Our story

It all started in 1968 when Otakar Božejovský at 20 emigrated to Switzerland. There, 5 years later, at the suggestion of the artist Štěpán Zavřel, he founded the children’s book publishing house Bohem Press.

It mostly focused on a high artistic level of children’s books, and soon it became one of the most successful of its kind in the world. The titles were, and still are, published in millions of copies in many languages.

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During these successful years at Bohem Press, Otakar Božejovský amassed a treasure trove – a collection of more than 600 original illustrations by 30 authors from all around the world.

Parts of the collection have been featured in numerous international exhibitions, e.g. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, under the auspices of the Spanish Infanta at the Museo di Arte Contemporáneo in Madrid, or at The Itabashi Ward Museum of Art in Tokyo.

Since 2007, when he sold Bohem Press, Otakar Božejovský has been looking for a suitable location for his collection in the Czech Republic, with the desire to create a one-of-a-kind exhibition space for children’s illustrations in Europe.

His dream moved one step closer to realisation in 2022, when the town of Český Krumlov became the proud owner of this unique collection and, together with the Český Krumlov Monasteries and the Secondary School of Arts and Crafts of St. Agnes of Bohemia, gave the green light to the creation of the 3+ Gallery project.

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Regular exhibitions

Collection of illustrations for children

exhibition open from 26 November 2022

Featured authors

Vlasta Baránková / CZ
Eric Battut / FR
Anatoli Bourykine / RU, AT
Gianni de Conno / IT
Jindra Čapek / CZ, DE
Stasys Eidrigevicius / LT, PL
Sita Jucker / CH
Svjetlan Junaković / HR
Jan Lenica / PL, FR
Arcadio Lobato / ES
Giovanni Manna / IT
David McKee / GB, FR
Fiona Moodie / ZA
Ľuboslav Paľo / SK
Marie-José Sacré / BE
Hanspeter Schmid / CH
Eugen Sopko / SK, DE
Ralph Steadman / GB
Emilio Urberuaga / ES
Józef Wilkoń / PL
Linda Wolfsgruber / IT, AT
Štěpán Zavřel / CZ, IT
Interiér výstavy Výstava

Regular exhibitions

The first in a series of 3+ Gallery exhibitions showcasing just under a quarter of the largest international collection of original children’s book illustrations in Europe, assembled by Otakar Božejovský von Rawennoff, the world-renowned publisher, winner of the Venice Golden Lion for Cultural Merit, and co-founder of the successful Swiss publishing house Bohem Press.

In addition to a cross-section of the exceptional collection of originals, which has been presented in the form of international exhibitions in famous museums, libraries, and galleries, the exhibition will also tell the inspiring story of two Czech emigrants whose books ultimately made millions of children around the world happy. The accompanying program is dedicated to children.

Open daily 10–18 h
Adults 190,- / reduced 150,- / family 480,-

Creative playroom

A space full of creative workshops where you can dream with open eyes, explore, play, and create. All this is an interactive exhibition with a historical playroom where children in particular will find the best fun!

Try on Gothic and Renaissance costumes, discover the magic of book printing, become a scribe in the Scriptorium, learn about the healing effects of herbs, and enter the Alchemical Laboratory in the underground. The puppet theatre, Leonardo’s inventions, and wooden toys will entertain the little ones, while the brave can embark on the mysterious Danse Macabre trail hidden in a unique medieval attic.

The interactive exhibition is a playful, creative world set amidst a mysterious monastery where children come first.

Open daily 10–18 h
Adults 190,- / reduced 150,- / family 480,-

Interiér výstavy Otakar Božejovský na výstavě
Interiér výstavy Otakar Božejovský na výstavě

Craft workshops

Enter a world of imagination on Craft Alley, and join your children in a peek into the glassmaking, dyeing, satchel making, blacksmithing, pottery, and bookbinding workshops. Skilled artisans will let you try your hand at traditional crafts and even make your own product during the workshops.

Try your hand at silk dyeing, bookbinding, creating a variety of leather accessories, spinning on a potter’s wheel, working with hot iron, or using 1500°C fire to make beads from special lightweight glass. Each of our workshops is unique and will reveal the specific technique of the craft. Each craft is an art, and art is the 3+ Gallery.

Where to find us

Kláštery Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov Monasteries – a unique complex in the historical center of the town, a UNESCO heritage site

The Monastery of Minorites and Poor Clares was founded in the middle of the 14th century by the powerful Rožmberk family. The double convent of brothers and sisters of the Order of St. Francis was founded in 1350 by the widowed Catherine of Rožmberk with her four sons Peter, Jošt, Oldřich and Jan. The first monks came to the monastery in 1357, and a year later the monastery was consecrated by Bishop Albert of Sarajevo. The monastery church was consecrated in honour of Corpus Christi and the Virgin Mary.

In 1361, the first nuns entered the monastery, headed by abbess Elizabeth of Opava. The female element played a significant role in the Český Krumlov monastic culture in the Middle Ages. In 1375, the Minorites and the Poor Clares were joined by a community of pious lay nuns who lived in a building adjacent to the Minorite convent, giving rise to a unique ensemble – the Triple Convent.

The monasteries underwent a challenging and extensive revitalisation, and since 2015 they have been a cultural and educational institution, focused on the presentation of art, history, and crafts. Since 2022 they have served as a unique exhibition space for children’s illustrations in Europe.

  • We would like to thank the Ministry of Culture for its patronage and support
    Ministry of Culture – partner 3+ galerie
  • The Illustrations have been framed by the Larson Juhl picture frame company
    Larson Juhl picture frame company – partner 3+ galerie
  • The visual style has been provided by the St. Agnes of Bohemia School of Art
    St. Agnes of Bohemia School of Art – partner 3+ galerie
  • Thanks also to the town of Český Krumlov
    Český Krumlov – partner 3+ galerie
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