Zámek Žďár

Program for high school



A: “The houses remained. The people who lived in them are no longer here. Is it possible that your prayers have remained here somewhere? ”

B: “Maybe they still fly to heaven like the smell of incense.”

– From a New generation museum audioguide


Where did the monks go for walks and what did they leave behind? Where do we go today when we go for a walk? Places with a strong genius loci are usually worn by the people’s feet over the centuries. One might say that their lives evolved slowly in relation the place and helped form their spirit. Architecture is an indivisible part of these places, as it determines where people walk, where they stop, and where they return. The shapes of buildings determine the direction of people’s steps, the points where they stop, or where they spend special moments. Does silence have any shape? We study the layout and shapes of the structure in the monastery and its vicinity, and try to design our own sanctuary of geometric forms. We apply different perspectives or views using models as well as reality, and we examine the drawings of the real monastery’s layout and its current appearance.

How looked the plan of ideal monastery St. Gallen? And is St. Gallen mandatory scheme affecting the appearance of the Zdar monastery and the life of its inhabitants? What meant the phrase “stabilitas loci” for Abbot Vejmluva or architect Santini? And what does it mean for us? Let’s go on a little excursion through the ages, and together put the mosaic of one of the important spiritual, economic and social units, which is an important part of our history and the present. The program connects the museum with the grounds of a former monastery and estate.

Target group: students of high school
Program lenght: 3 hours

The leitmotif of the program is a phrase stabilitas loci (stability of space). Through teamwork of 5 groups of “researchers” are discovered imprints of spiritual traditions in a tangible form (architecture, visual arts, economy …) and then together made up the mosaic multifaceted image of Zdar estate from the Middle Ages to the present. Important tools with which the trainer works are mainly personal experience and the experience of students, developed in the exposition of the New generation museum even in estate complex terrain. Aim of the program should not consist of clear answers, but rather interestingly formulated and discussed matters of mutual needs of personal, general, both material and spiritual stability and attachment (tradition) in the campus environment, community, region, country … (and the earth).


Geography – social, environmental, regions
Geology – interaction between nature and society
Civic and social basis – an introduction to philosophy and religion – one as an individual – a person in society
History – Middle Ages – the beginnings of modern times – Modern Age
Arts and culture – fine arts – artistic creation and communication
Artistic styles – medieval and early modern culture


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