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The Scenography module provides access to the databases administered by the Collections
and Archives Department and the Documentation Department.
Besides including collection items such as original stage and costume designs, maquettes,
and sketches held by the Arts and Theatre Institute (the Institute has been systematically building
its collection since 2006, when it was first registered with the Ministry of Culture's Central
Registry of Collections), the module also contains images of scenographic artifacts acquired while
documenting scenographers' activities, scenographic exhibitions and the Prague Quadrennial.
Unlike the Productions module, the Scenography module also contains documentation on foreign productions,
on Czech productions before 1945, and on productions that were never realized (information on this final
group is naturally limited to the extent to which it is contained in the Institute's documentation).
Besides basic information on a particular production, the main data contained in the module are the name
of the scenographer/designer and a description the work (costume design, stage design, puppet design,
maquette, sketch, etc.). Scenographic artifacts are considered theatrical objects as well as works of art.
The digitization of the various items and the database's expansion to include additional entries
(primarily through acquisitions decided upon by the Advisory Committee for Acquisitions) is done on
an ongoing basis. The digitization of our scenographic documentation has been financed by a grant from
Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
The scenography database contains 36216 records
(3395 collection items, 32821 designs from the documentation collection).
As a rule, diacritical marks do not play a role in fulltext searches or title searches. They do, however, make a difference
when filtering interim search results (theatre, person's name).
In order to filter interim results (fields with drop-down menu), the information is entered into the field
and the choice can be confirmed by clicking or checking the selection and choosing OK.
Besides using the mouse, you can also navigate through the interim results with your keyboard:
The selected records are ordered in descending order according to date of premiere – the ordering can be changed
(ascending and descending) by clicking on the header of any column.
By checking several/all productions (options appear by clicking on the arrow in the top left) and choosing
which kind of information will be displayed ("Place on detail" – bottom left), you can create a batch list of productions
containing the desired information ("Show selected").
The basic information for all selected records can be exported ("Export") as a table in Excel or other format.
The checked records can be stored ("Insert to box"), where you can find them the next time you open the database
from the same computer (the "Box" tab above search field). This function also enables the batch printout or export
or records stored from several searches. When storing a large number of records, it is a good idea to empty
the storage prior to saving additional records ("Remove from Box").
Given names in theatre names are abbreviated without spaces following the periods (Divadlo J.K.Tyla).
Clicking on the name of a production displays detailed information on this record.