Exhibition Opening and Presentation by Lidice Memorial Director Martina Lehmannová
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Lidice tragedy, the Delegation of the European Union, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presents the exhibition: Tragedy and Hope of Lidice.
As retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, the village of Lidice was razed to the ground; 340 villagers were murdered. The exhibition presents an overview of this tragedy as well as a selection of recent winning artwork from the International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice (ICEFA Lidice), commemorating the innocent child victims from Lidice. The Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Caroline Vicini, and Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček will give opening remarks, followed by a presentation by Lidice Memorial Director Martina Lehmannová.
The Lidice Memorial is an institution that commemorates the annihilation of the villages of Lidice and Lezáky following the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. Lidice, a small village in Central Bohemia, was destroyed June 10, 1942. After the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich on May 27, 1942, the village was razed to the ground on the command of Karl Hermann Frank. 173 men were shot dead; women and most of the children were transported to concentration camps. Nevertheless, the intention of the Nazis to erase the village from the map of the world was never successful. Lidice was restored and many communities around the world bear the name in honor of Lidice. The Memorial also administers the national heritage sites of Lezáky and Lety. For more information, please visit http://www.lidice-memorial.cz/en/.
The International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts (ICEFA) Lidice was established in 1967 to commemorate the innocent child victims from the Czech village of Lidice, as well as all other children who have died in wars throughout the world. ICEFA Lidice is an international competition of the fine art creations of children. The aim of ICEFA is to draw youth closer to the arts and, at the same time, to educate them about the history of the village of Lidice. Each year, a new theme is decided upon and the best works are rewarded by an international jury. The art techniques used in the competition include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, combined techniques, short videos and animations. Children ages 4-16 are invited to participate in the 2018 competition: the theme is water. For more information, visit http://www.mdvv-lidice.cz/en/invitation/?year=2018.
Martina Lehmannová studied Art History at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and began her career at the Moravian Gallery in Brno, the second largest art museum in the Czech Republic. During her 10 years at the gallery, she participated in the conservation of the art nouveau house of renowned architect Dusan Jurkovic She also was responsible for the permanent exhibition in the home of world famous architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, a collaborative project between the Moravian Gallery in Brno and MAK-Museum of Applied/Contemporary Art in Vienna. In 2011, she began working at the City of Prague Museum as curator of the Collection of Applied Arts and prepared the permanent exhibition Crafts in Guilds: The History of Craftsmen's Association from the Middle Ages to the Present. In 2015, she joined the team of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, leading the conservation and presentation of historical tapestries. She also collaborated on the exhibition introducing Czech art deco sculptor and designer Jaroslav Horejc. She was a member of the international committee of ICOM (2007). Since 2012, she has served as a member of the board, and has been chair of ICOM Czech Republic since 2015.She has written several publications and articles about fine art and architecture in Czech and international journals. In April 2017, Lehmannová became director of the Lidice Memorial.