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Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets

 March 8th – August 25th 

Columbus Museum of Art

 This exhibition explores the rich history of puppetry in the Czech Republic and its influence throughout the world. For Czech people, puppetry helped maintain ethnic and national identity during years of repressive rule. Using puppets dating from the 1850s to the present, Strings Attached tells the story of the evolution of modern Czech puppetry.  Professor Joe Brandesky, longtime TRI advisor on Czech collections, is curator of Strings Attached, and Curator Beth Kattelman has contributed an essay on American puppetry to the exhibition catalog.  Petr Matasek’s “Nadezda” (Hope) for Cirkus Unikum, performed by Drak Theatre.


The puppet Nadezda

 The puppet Nadezda

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