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Footprints on the World Stage

The Bata Shoe Museum's pursuit of extraordinary footwear from all over the world extends into the collecting of the footwear of notable people. Performers, athletes, politicians and artists have inspired us all with their skills and finesse. Footprints on the World Stage introduced visitors to an impressive array of footwear worn in moments of triumph on the world's stage.

Collected in the Field: Shoemaking Traditions From Around the World

The seeds of the Bata Shoe Museum were sown in the field when Mrs. Sonja Bata began to travel the world with her husband on business. At each distant destination she found herself marvelling at how different traditional footwear was around the world and she began to collect examples. Her early collecting became the foundation of the Museum that would grow to include over 13,000 artefacts.

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century

Transport yourself back to the 19th century where beautiful outfits fashioned by seamstresses and shoemakers supplied the privileged with enviable ensembles. Swathed from head to toe in expensive garments and shod in delicate footwear, fashion-forward women graced the boulevards and the ballrooms with their colourful presence. Their tailored male companions cut equally refined figures in their black coats, spotless white linens, lustrous top hats and shiny boots.


Mixed media by Dvora Barzilai

Prayer explores the Hebrew language in liturgy, songs, contemporary Hebrew proverbs and forgotten texts – brought to life through mixed media including wine, sand, cement, ashes, oils and canvas. Presented with the Austrian Cultural Forum and Spotlight on Israeli Culture.



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