Franz Kafka was born in Prague on 3July 1883, died in a sanatorium at Kierling on 3June 1924, and was buried in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague - Strašnice on 11 June. The exhibition opened in Barcelona in 1999, in 2002–2003 it transferred to the Jewish Museum in New York, and in 2005 it opened in Prague, in the unique Hergetova cihelna [the Herget Brickworks] on the Malá Strana [Lesser Town] bank of the river Vltava [the Moldau].
The exhibition consists of two sections - Existential space and Imaginary Topography.
Existential space - In this first stage of our immersion into the world of Kafka, we look at how the city affects the writer, how it shapes his life, the mark it leaves on him. Prague acts on Kafka with all of its metamorphosing power, confining him to an existential space which he can only enter by "fixing his gaze on the surface of things", Prague forces Kafka into a spatial constriction, steadily dosing out its secrets. Prague contributes myth, obscure magic, and provides a magnificent backdrop, but it abhors clarity. And this is precisely what Kafka captures.