On 6 October, an international symposium “The Birth of the Modern City and the Lifestyle of the Long Century” will take place at Villa Tugendhat. 

The aim of this symposium is to present the context of the creation and significance of the Arnold Villa, one of the most important buildings of the Brno villa colony in Černá Pole, and to learn about the restoration of several selected residential buildings, now functioning as house museums.  

Experts from partner institutions such as the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo and the Prague City Museum have promised to participate in the programme. 

The symposium will take place in a hybrid form – online (available to all via YouTube) and physically in Villa Tugendhat. Due to the nature of the space, the capacity of the auditorium is limited to 35 people, who must book their participation well in advance. Registration is open now at the link provided:


Admission to the symposium is free. 

The accompanying programme for registered participants will include a guided tour of the Arnold Villa and Villa Tugendhat. 

The opening of the conference will take place on 6 October at 9.30 a.m. with the participation of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Czech Republic H. E. Mr. Robert Kvile and representatives of the City of Brno and the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic.  We are looking forward to it!


More information and a detailed programme can be found here.



9.30 Opening speeches 

– Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in the Czech Republic Robert Kvile
and representatives of Brno City Municipality and Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic



The Long Century Phenomena – City Development in the Černá Pole Neighbourhood in Brno
Moderator: Pavel Jirásek

9.45 – 11.00
– The restoration of Villa Arnold / Exhibition Project (Pavel Jirásek, Zbyněk Šolc, Iveta Černá)

– The First Villa Colony in Brno (Dagmar Černoušková)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break and Discussion



Re-restoring: From Residential Houses to House Museums
Moderator: Iveta Černá

11.30 – 13.00
– The reconstruction of Adolf Loos’s villa at Hrušovany u Brna (Jana Kořínková)

– Villa Rothmayer and Norbertov Documentation Centre for Modern Architecture
(Maria Szadkowska, Petr Krajči) 

– Adolf Loos Interiors in Plzeň different approaches to restoration and presence of the public (Karel Zoch) 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.00 Excursion to the Villa Arnold



Ways of Presenting the Lifestyle In – Situ and in Museums
Moderator: Gudrun Eidsvik

15.00 – 16.30
– Superconnected Building and Exhibition (Nadine O. Constant)

– Real Visitors and Virtual Reality in Architecture Exhibitions (Birgitte Sauge)

– The Sculptures and the House: Interaction in Villa Stenersen (Lin Stafne-Pfisterer)

16.30 – 17.00 Wrap up of the lectures, discussion

17.00 – 18.30 Villa Tugendhat Tours

18.30 – 21.00 Social program for the participants

The symposium is one of the outcomes of the bilateral cooperation between the Brno City Museum and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo (Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design) and is supported by the Fund for Bilateral Relations under the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.