For several generations, the residents of Hlinsko maintain the custom of carnival full of traditional masks and rituals. In 2010, the Village carnival processions of masks were added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, because of its uniqueness. You can participate in these traditional beats for example in the village Studnice, Vortová, Hlinsko-Blatno, Hamry or Veselý Kopec.
Permanent exhibition of masks and carnival beats will be opened on October 18th 2012 in conservation area of Bethlehem Hlinsko, in house No. 362. Exposition is prepared by organization SLS Vysočina in cooperation with town Hlinsko.
The manufacturer of wooden toys and folk souvenirs is Mr. Zdeněk Bukáček, who received the Award of the Minister of Culture, Bearer of the Tradition of Folk Crafts. His work can be seen in the Municipal Museum in Hlinsko, in Veselý Kopec and Bethlehem. We also recommend visiting his workshop situated in the village Krouna. In 2009, he presented his work at the seat of UNESCO in Paris.
The long tradition of wooden toys is followed by Mr. Karel Makovský in the village Dědová. Since 1992, wooden toys and decorative objects are manufactured here. These products can be purchased for example in the Bethlehem in Hlinsko.
In August 2012, the new premises of the Tourist Information Centre (lodge No. 561) in the conservation area Bethlehem Hlinsko will present a new permanent exposition of wooden toys. This exposition is prepared by the city of Hlinsko.
The picturesque landscape around Hlinsko inspired a number of famous painters. We can mention for example Antonín Slavíček, František Kaván, Václav Lindner, Gustav Macoun or Karel Beneš. The artistic tradition in Hlinsko is know maily due to the famous exhibition of paintings called ?Výtvarné Hlinecko?, which is organized by the Municipal Museum and Gallery in cooperation with National Gallery in Prague. The exhibition takes places regularly during the summer at the Municipal Museum and Gallery and it presents works of leading Czech artists.
In 2012, the exhibition ?Výtvarné Hlinecko? and its 53rd volume will be devoted to Antonín Slavíček, well-known painter. Opening ceremony will be held on the 22nd June at 5 pm. The exhibition will last until 9th September 2012.
Antonín Slavíček (1870 ? 1910)
Antonín Slavíček lived in the village Kameničky in 1903-1907 where he produced his greatest works. In Kameničky, a gallery of Antonín Slavíček is opened and it takes place in the original building of old parish (dated to 1801).
Antonín Chittussi (1847-1891)
Antonín Chittussi devoted some of his works to the landscape around Ronov upon Doubrava ? oil painting of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, pond ?Utopenec? in the village Vortová and more.
Alfons Mucha (1860-1939)
Alfons Mucha is one of the most important figures of Art Nouveau period. The Regional Museum in Chrudim is permanently exposing 39 of his original lithographs. The exhibition also contains documents and information about own collections of Alfons Mucha and his personal relation to Chrudim.
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