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The exhibition Biennale 2020 will take place in the Historical Building of the National Museum from 16 Decemeber 2020 to 3 January 2021.
The 2020 Biennale catalogue is a unique publication in terms of its contents and its design. It presents individual rarities from the collections of members of three eminent clubs – Prestige Philately Club Prague, Vindobona, and Club de Monte Carlo, and also two “guest” exhibits – Mauritius Post Office Red and the famous Lady McLeod, all accompanied with texts and images regarding the origins of these rarities, their provenances etc. The catalogue also serves as a guide to the “500 Years of Post in Czech Lands” postal history project and to thematic exhibits focused on significant emissions from Austria, Great Britain etc, The contexts published in our catalogue are in many cases published for the very first time. They are presented in a comprehensible manner that integrates philately with the surrounding world, its history and its connotations. This results in a catalogue and an exhibition, which are both exceptionally attractive to the philatelic and also the non-philatelic public. PPCP will compete with its publication at The Japan World Stamp Championship Exhibition 2021 – Philanippon in Yokohama
We are also announcing the completion of a decorative protective case for the Charter – a key document of PPCP. This luxurious case is distinguished by its unique design and is made from walnut wood with fine gold intarsia elements. It was donated to the club by several of its members, who contributed to its funding. We therefore thank: J. Hanák, D. Kopřiva, P. Severin, J. Stuna, P. Vaňuga and J. Kraus. The case will be exhibited at the Biennale and will forever be a worthy artefact, which will be present at all club events.
The result of today’s meeting between representatives of PPCP and the National Museum is that the 2020 Biennale will take place, albeit on a later date. The opening of the exhibition is now expected to take place in December of the same year or in January 2021. PPCP’s own stamps were issued on the 23rd of October, VZ TL: 0109, VZ 1000 – 1004 The Biennale exhibition catalogue is already being printed. It is a unique publication in terms of both the contents and its form.
The exhibition received the patronage of the President of the Czech Republic on the 20th of October.
Dear friends of philately, we would like to inform you, that the National Museum is for the time being closed until the 3rd of November 2020. We abide by the official epidemiological precautions, which change constantly. It is probable, that the National Museum will be closed even after the listed date of the opening ceremony and that the 2020 Biennale will be postponed. The exhibits are ready, the catalogue is finished and the installations at the National Museum continue. You will find a few pictures of the ongoing technical preparations bellow.
We will inform you of any other news, especially concerning the opening dates
Despite the restrictions in place due the Covid-19 epidemic, the 2020 Biennale will be taking place from the 7th to 22nd of November as planned. This decision is a result of a meeting with representatives of the National Museum held on the 29th of September.
A confirmation of whether the opening ceremony, originally scheduled for the 6th of November, will be held and its eventual possibilities will be given on the 23rd of October.
Over 50 contextual exhibits with significant rarities for rooms B and C are ready, as well the contents of 20 large-scale display cases for room B.
Preparations of the exhibition catalogue, the design of all three rooms and the programme of the exhibition itself (including guided tours, VIP meetings, cooperation with the media, etc.) are nearing their finishing line. One of our main partners, the Czech Post, will be represented on the Biennale by a large sales and information stand. It also issued an emission on the 23rd of September of two regular postage stamps and an emission of its own official Czech Post stamps, together creating a series of stamps with motives of rarities appearing at the Biennale. Both emissions were met with great interest from both the philatelic and non-philatelic public. We believe the presentation of the Biennale and PPCP on hundreds of thousands Czech Post to be beneficial, among other things helping with our main goal – raising awareness of philately and its themes.