New edition of USE-IT Brno map

The new edition of USE-IT Brno maps is here and it also includes the Löw-Beer Villa as a part of a section devoted to Jewish heritage. The map mentions a short history of the Villa and its connection to Villa Tugendhat, points out free entry to the garden.

USE-IT maps are non-commercial, made by young locals. They are always free and up-to-date. Nowadays, these maps provide information for young travellers in almost 40 European cities – and one of them is Brno.

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Exhibition about the conversion of the Löw-Beer factory

From September 30 to November 1, 2020, the Celnice Gallery hosts an exhibition of works by students of the Faculty of Architecture at Brno University of Technology, which deal with the functional transformation of the former Löw-Beer textile factory in Brněnec. The Löw-Beer family owned this factory until 1938.

In the same year, most family members were forced to leave their homes before the Nazi threat, many of them unfortunately died in concentration camps. The grandson of the original owners, Daniel Löw-Beer, founded the Archa Endowment Fund in 2018, which provides grants and supports projects for the conversion of the factory in Brněnec.

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The best of Brno on a single tourist card

Since this year, the Löw-Beer Villa in Brno is involved in the BRNOPAS tourist card project, which provides its owners a number of discounts or free admissions to interesting places in Brno and its surroundings. The card can be purchased from one to three days, for adults or children under 15 years of age, and may include a public transport ticket.

With the BRNOPAS card, you get a 25% discount in the Löw-Beer villa to enter the permanent  exhibition The World of the Brno Bourgeoisie Around the Löw-Beers and the Tugendhats, children have free admission. The card also offers benefits in other famous Brno villas: Tugendhat, Stiassni and Jurkovič.

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Descendants of the textile magnates visited villas in Brno

On Sunday, May 21 2017 villa Löw-Beer and villa Tugendhat were visited by descendants of the prominent textile industry families Löw-Beer, Tugendhat and Stiassni.

The gathering of over a hundred members of these families came about as a part of the Meeting Brno festival. Even the daughters of Grete and Fritz Tugendhat, Ruth Guggenheim-Tugendhat and Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, took part as well.

The descendants of these families, who now live in Europe, America and Australia, accepted an invitation from the City of Brno and came to learn about places which are connected with the lives of their ancestors.The organizers of the festival prepared a busy schedule for the guests – mainly focused on the history of Brno and especially on its famous textile past and modern architecture.

The descendats of the branched families spent a pleasant afternoon in the Löw-Beer villa, relaxed in the garden and looked through the building and the permanent exhibition The World of the Brno Bourgeoisie Around the Löw-Beers and the TugendhatsThey met the museum curators and discussed together the history of the villa and the family. A pleasant surprise was an unplanned performance by Jonas Guggenheim and Andrea Kirchhofer, who played a few traditional Jewish melodies.

Sunday programme was concluded with the concert of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra What did Grete Tugendhat listen to? Franz Schubert’s string quartet Death and the Maiden sounded in the Löw-Beer villa and the Beethoven’s Cello Sonata and Piano in A Major in the Tugendhat villa. You can look at the photos from this significant day down below.

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