The regular September exhibition, which is being prepared by the Ostrava City Archives in the foyer of the Ostrava City Hall, celebrates this year the 750th anniversary of the first written mention of Ostrava. It is called Century of Twists, or Ostrava in the 20th Century and is open to the public from the opening ceremony, which was held on 4 September, to 29 September – on weekdays from 8 am to 7 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 7 pm. This already twentieth year of the exhibition was opened by Mayor of Ostrava Tomáš Macura and director of the Ostrava City Archives Blažena Przybylová.
This year’s exhibition continues the theme and the timeline of the last year’s, which reminded us of the unique transformation of the Ostrava region during the 19th century. The ten panels of this year’s exhibition take up where the imaginary story stopped last year and depict the events of the 20th century and their reflection in the historical development of Ostrava. The aim of the exhibition is to convey, with the help of period documents, the most important milestones and turning points that determined the political, economic and social events in the Ostrava region in the dramatic, ever-accelerating and transforming 20th century, from the time of the Habsburg Monarchy and its decomposition through the emergence of the modern Czechoslovak state to the disintegration of the federation.
The exhibition describes the gradual integration of the municipalities of Ostrava into the form of the current statutory city, the national and social disputes in the society related to the two world wars and the rise of totalitarian regimes. It also recalls the difficult period of restoration of a pluralist democracy and economic transformation after the fall of communism. The exhibition can also serve as an opportunity to compare your own experiences and memories with the account provided by archival sources.