Czech Heroines

An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women - rulers, politicians, artists,scientists, and athletes – who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in Czechoslovakia in 1920 and the 200th birthday of author Božena Němcová.

The project offers portraits of fifty distinguished female personalities as seen through the eyes of the contemporary wave of young illustrators, students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia under the guidance of their mentor and teacher Renáta Fučíková.

The profiles of the selected hereoines were written by the historian Lenka Křížová and the writer Kateřina Tučková.

The exhibition project has been complemented by a book of the same name, published in autumn 2020.

The exhibition has so far been presented:

  • Czech Centres: Israel, Rusia, USA, Great Britain, Netherlands, France, Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria
  • Embassies and consulates: Brazil, Pakistan, Germany, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Albania, Estonia

Planned presentations in 2021:

  • Japan, South Korea, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia


Following the exhibition project, a book of the same name was released in autumn 2020


Czech Heroines

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The Heroine of the Week Is Sidonie Nádherná

Czech noblewoman, patron, muse and inspiration for many artists, including Rainer Maria Rilke, Max Švabinský and Karl...

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The Heroine of the Week Is Meda Mládková

Art collector, patron and founder of the Museum Kampa in Prague, which exhibits her wide collection of modern Central...

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The Heroine of the Week Is Martina Sáblíková

Speed skater, three-time winner of the Winter Olympics in 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi), multiple world champion ...

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The Heroine of the Week Is Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

One of the most important German writers of the 19th century. Her work drew attention to contemporary social problems...

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The Heroine of the Week Is Princess Ludmila

The first historically documented Czech princess, wife of Prince Bořivoj I, probably also reigned in Bohemia for some...