How did Antonín Dvořák perceive the German language? What was the relationship of the composer Leoš Janáček or the soprano Ema Destinová to the Habsburg Monarchy? What moved Karel Čapek and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk to become so committed to peaceful German-Czech coexistence? The travelling exhibition of the Cultural Office for the Bohemian Lands "Bedeutende Tschechen" ("Czechs of prominence") provides insights into these questions.
The focus of the exhibition is the often contradictory relationship that 15 well-known Czech personalities had to the German language and culture and to the Habsburg Monarchy. We are introduced to: Tomáš Baťa, Karel Čapek, Ema Destinová - Emmy Destinn, Antonín Dvořák, Jaroslav Hašek, Leoš Janáček, Josef Jungmann, František Křižík, Josef Lada, Karel Hynek Mácha, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Alfons Mucha, Božena Němcová, František Palacký, and Bedřich Smetana.